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Raleigh—After several days of interruptions due to winter weather, construction work on the I-40/440 Fortify rebuild Project is scheduled to gear up next week.
Here are the upcoming highlights:
On I-440, a ramp of the Poole Road exit is scheduled to be closed next weekend, weather permitting, so crews can pave the ramp and paint lane striping. A detour will be in place. Watch for the signs.
Also, crews are scheduled to complete the rebuilding of I-440 East, and then put the final paving surface and permanent lane markings down on both I-440 East and West.
As for the eight-mile stretch of the project on I-40, crews are putting the finishing touches on the Hammond Road Interchange so, weather permitting, motorists will soon be able to resume their original traffic pattern to get on I-40 East from northbound Hammond.
Crews are also still working to widen bridges on Hadley, Garner and State Streets. They are also paving additional shoulder locations so they can eventually be used as travel lanes. Next week’s work will be on shoulders near the U.S. 1/64 exit in Cary.
For more information on the Fortify: I-40/440 Rebuild Project, visit www.fortifyNC.com or contact Steve Abbott @ 919-707-2670 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Jacksonville, N.C. -Today, at Camp Lejeune, Governor Pat McCrory announced the NC Military Pipeline, a public-private pilot project aimed at keeping newly separated veterans in North Carolina by matching their military skills and experience to civilian employment, education and training opportunities.
Governor McCrory’s Plan Continues Commitment to North Carolina Families and Invests in Economic Opportunities
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory’s 2015-2017 biennium budget continues his focus on job creation, education and infrastructure. It also increases help and protection for those that cannot help themselves while maintaining fiscal discipline and increasing government efficiency.
There are no tax increases in the governor’s budget.
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Pactiv, LLC will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The company will create 59 new jobs and invest more than $24 million in Kinston over the next three years.
RALEIGH—The 2015-16 North Carolina State Transportation Map was unveiled Thursday today as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration and is now available free of charge.
The State Transportation Map is funded and produced by NCDOT. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800-847-4862 (VISIT NC). Maps will also be available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.
First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with two million copies in this year’s initial printing.
North Carolina has one of the largest highway systems in the nation, and the new map details the more than 106,000 miles of public roadway that span the state. That includes 79,585 miles of state-maintained roads.
The cover of the new map features a montage of North Carolina scenery, including the Blue Ridge Mountains from the peak of Mt. Jefferson, a trail wandering through Clemmons Educational State Park in Clayton, the statue that stands outside the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.
The map also includes information on Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, North Carolina’s State Parks and Forest Service—both of which also turn 100 this year—and Governor McCrory’s Art That Moves You initiative, which uses texture, landscaping, original artwork and lighting to improve infrastructure, bridges and gateways to promote tourism and economic development.
A full-size PDF of the map is also available online.
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RALEIGH—One hundred years ago today, the North Carolina General Assembly created the State Highway Commission, establishing the first roots of our modern-day Department of Transportation and laying the foundation for a century of tremendous progress in North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCrory joined Secretary Tata, Board of Transportation Chair Ned Curran, and many others who have been involved in transportation efforts over the past century this morning for a celebration commemorating NCDOT’s centennial.
“From its humble beginnings, transportation has shaped who we are as a state, serving as the backbone of our economy, connecting every major aspect of our lives, and creating new opportunities for our citizens,” said Governor McCrory.
Visit NCDOT’s Centennial Celebration website for interactive images and video chronicling the past 100 years.
Laying the Foundation
North Carolina had already seen several transportation milestones prior to March 5, 1915, including construction of the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s and the Wright Brothers’ famous First Flight over the sands of Kitty Hawk in 1903. Shortly after the State Highway Commission was established, the Wake County town of Garner became home to the state’s first paved road in 1916, and five years later the N.C. General Assembly passed the Highway Act of 1921, which authorized a gas tax of one cent per gallon to help pay for road improvements.
In 1931, North Carolina became one of the first states to assume ownership of all secondary roads, a responsibility that was previously held by the counties. North Carolina is still home to one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the nation, which includes nearly 80,000 miles; Texas is the only state in the nation currently responsible for more mileage.
The 1920s and 30s were also a time of significant landmarks in other modes of transportation, with the establishment of passenger air service in Charlotte in 1927, the funding of a state ferry system in 1934, and North Carolina becoming the first state to declare the bicycle as a vehicle in 1939. In 1941, the state’s transportation responsibilities were expanded even further with the founding of the Department of Motor Vehicles, which consolidated services previously provided by the Secretary of State and the Department of Revenue.
“NCDOT has continued to evolve with the changing needs of our state to ensure that we keep pace with growing demands on our infrastructure,” Tata said. “We remain committed to anticipating the future needs of our state and improving our operations to make the best possible use of our taxpayer dollars.”
During the 1950s through the 1960s, the state’s highway system developed into a complex network of highways reaching every corner of the state.
The 1950s saw the birth of the Interstate Highway System, which was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, 1956. The first construction in North Carolina that was to become I-40 was U.S. 421 east of Winston-Salem, which was constructed between 1949 and 1950. In 1956, North Carolina’s 714 miles of interstate were designated to become Interstates 95, 85, 40 and 26.
North Carolina also holds the distinction of being home to the nation’s final section of the 2,554-mile I-40 corridor, which connected Raleigh to Wilmington and opened on June 29, 1990. NCDOT continues to expand North Carolina’s interstate system, most notably with ongoing efforts to build urban loops and upgrade existing highways.
The 1960s and 70s continued to mark significant innovations in North Carolina’s transportation system, including the completion of the Pigeon River Gorge section of I-40 in 1968. This 22-mile stretch traversed the state’s rugged mountainside and included the only tunnels on the interstate system east of the Mississippi. The project was also the largest single highway project completed to date in North Carolina.
State and local leaders saw that the state’s growth potential demanded an economy-oriented system that was responsive to rapidly changing needs in all areas of transportation. The Executive Organization Act of 1971 created the N.C. Department of Transportation and Highway Safety, combining the State Highway Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 1974, “Highway Safety” was dropped from the name and the department officially became known as NCDOT. Specialized internal divisions were formally created in the mid-1970s for rail, ferries and public transportation, along with the nation’s first bicycling program, which was expanded in 1992 to include pedestrian activities. Additionally, the aviation function was transferred from the Department of Conservation and Development, and incorporated into the Department of Transportation.
Building a Modern-Day DOT
The 1980s included the initiation of additional modern-day programs, including the NCDOT Wildflower Program as envisioned by First Lady Dottie Martin in 1985, the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 1988, and the Highway Trust Fund, which was created in 1989 by the General Assembly as a dedicated fund for highway construction and improvements.
NCDOT also achieved several other milestones over the subsequent decades that reflect North Carolina’s changing transportation needs, including the establishment of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which oversees efforts like “Click It or Ticket” and “Booze It and Lose It” in 1993; the creation of the N.C. Turnpike Authority in 2002; and the opening of the state’s first modern toll road, the Triangle Expressway, in 2011. That same year, both the North Carolina Ports and the N.C. Global TransPark became part of NCDOT in an effort to establish a more logistics-based focus and improve coordination.
Over the past two years, under the leadership of Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina has continued to implement several other landmark initiatives, including passage of the Strategic Transportation Investments Law in summer 2013. The law established the Strategic Mobility Formula, a data-driven approach that allows the state to make better use of its existing resources and complete more improvements that support economic growth and quality of life in North Carolina. In 2014, Gov. McCrory debuted his 25-Year Vision, which serves as a roadmap for strategic investment in transportation infrastructure and better connects people to work, life and play.
“Transportation has played an integral role in helping North Carolina become what it is today and will continue to be a catalyst for future development and prosperity,” Gov. McCrory said. “Ongoing infrastructure investment is essential to helping North Carolina achieve its full potential over the next 100 years, and we’re working strategically to continue moving forward with our vision in the 21st century.”
“From paving Tobacco Road to the multi-faceted transportation system we have today, NCDOT’s many achievements over the past century are the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our people,” Tata said. “Our many employees over the years, our numerous partners on all levels, the citizens we serve—all continue to work together to make a real difference for North Carolina.”
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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will unveil his proposed 2015-2017 budget tomorrow.
“We have had to make tough choices to arrive at this comprehensive, thoughtful budget proposal, and I’m proud of what we will accomplish through it,” said Governor McCrory. “The issues our state faces each and every day are thoroughly addressed in this budget, with the priorities of our citizens accurately reflected.”
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Gerard Carroll chair of the Environmental Management Commission.
North Carolina Environmental Management Commission
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has reappointed Chief of Police Rodney Monroe of Charlotte to serve on the Governor’s Crime Commission.
“Chief Monroe’s extensive service to the state as a law enforcement officer, along with his prior Commission experience, makes him a perfect fit for the Governor’s Crime Commission,” Governor McCrory said. “I look forward to the invaluable insight Chief Monroe will provide as we work to eradicate crime and violence in our state.”
Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments:
North Carolina Plant Conservation Board
- Dr. Peter White (Orange County) - White is a faculty member with the UNC-Chapel Hill Biology Department.
The board adds and subtracts species from the list of endangered or threatened native plants. Members also adopt and enforce regulations to protect rare native plants in the state. The term length is four years.
Governor McCrory Wishes Livingstone College Blue Bears Best of Luck in upcoming NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament
Raleigh, N.C. -Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement congratulating the Livingstone College Blue Bears for their second-ever Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) crown and a berth into the NCAA tournament.
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory signed and issued a proclamation at William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh today celebrating March 3 as the 100th anniversary of legislation authorizing Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park.
Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina jumped to fourth place among all states in Site Selection magazine’s 2014 Governor’s Cup, a closely-watched ranking of economic development success. North Carolina moved up three spots as compared to last year’s ranking. The Governor’s Cup is awarded annually based on the number of new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database. North Carolina ranked number one in the South Atlantic region.
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting a survey to gauge public awareness of passenger rail in the state. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing at the end of the survey to win four free round-trip train tickets within North Carolina.
To enter, complete a brief survey about North Carolina’s passenger train services. The survey is available online in English and in Spanish.
The survey period will end on March 31. The drawing for the tickets will take place once the survey period is over. Winners will be contacted in April.
NCDOT is in the process of evaluating improvements and upgrades to passenger train services and offerings. Feedback from the survey will help NCDOT provide the best service possible.
NCDOT and Amtrak provide daily train service between Charlotte and New York City, called the Carolinian; and daily train service to and from Charlotte and Raleigh and cities in between called the Piedmont. To learn more about North Carolina’s Amtrak visit www.NCByTrain.org.
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Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 2 – 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week across North Carolina. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative involving schools and businesses across the state. The week is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by offering approximately 22,500 middle school students a chance to connect what they are learning in class with future career opportunities.
Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, announced today Governor Bill Walker (AK-I) has become the newest member of coalition.
Note: Only two governors made the direct connection between the economy and global education in their speeches. Delaware Governor Jack Markell, (D) a long-time supporter of world language education, spoke about its importance. “We have also invested in language immersion programs because our children will have greater opportunities in the global economy when they can speak more than one language,” said Markell. “After only two and a half years, we have 1,400 students spending half of their school day learning in Chinese or Spanish. And we’ll keep expanding next year.”
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, cautioning North Carolinians to practice how to be safe when thunderstorms and tornadoes threaten. While damaging storms and tornadoes can occur any time of the year, March through May is peak tornado season for the state.
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Scott Technologies, Inc. will be investing in growth of its Scott Safety headquarters in Union County, NC. The company plans to invest $28.7 million in Monroe over the next five years, supporting 67 new jobs at the location.
Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory briefed citizens from the State Emergency Operations Center Thursday on the response to last night’s snowfall across the state.