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NCDOT Encourages Students to Register for Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

December 1, 2014 – 5:29 am
NCDOT Encourages Students to Register for Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition

RALEIGH –The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in its 16th annual Model Bridge Building Competition. The contest is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to a real-world scenario.

The big winners in last year’s competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs.

“The goal of the competition is to hone student’s math and science skills”, said Gail Herring, program coordinator with NCDOT, “Hopefully it will encourage them to choose the transportation industry as a career.”
 
It is designed to create a greater awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and its relationship to transportation careers provided by NCDOT by providing an opportunity to use problem solving strategies and critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and apply research and presentation skills.

The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers, with the engineers and representatives of engineering companies serving as the judges.

Teams will first compete at the regional level in Winterville, Raleigh, Asheboro and Morganton on March 20, 2015. The finals will take place in Raleigh on April 17.

There are two ways to register:
•    Complete and submit a registration form at www.ncdot.gov/about/kids/BridgeComp
•    Call 919-707-4442 to request a registration form
The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

To learn more about the competition check out the Model Bridge Building event video on YouTube, or contact event organizer Gail Herring via email at gherring@ncdot.gov or (919) 707-4442.

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Governor McCrory Proclaims November 29 “Small Business Saturday”

November 29, 2014 – 1:20 pm

Raleigh, N.C.

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

November 25, 2014 – 3:31 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

 

State Property Tax Commission

Fortify Project Gains Momentum as It nears Phase II

November 25, 2014 – 7:15 am
Fortify Project Gains Momentum as It nears Phase II

RALEIGH—Motorists driving through the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project in Raleigh will soon see work ramp up on the I-40 portion of the project, known as Phase II. This comes as Phase I is on schedule and almost complete.  The I-440 West section from the I-40 split to the I-495/U.S. 264/64 interchange is scheduled to be in its updated traffic pattern by the end of December.  The I-440 East section is expected to be open in its three-lane pattern by the end of January.
The Fortify project is a road rebuild project that is necessary for the safety of the 115,000 motorists who travel through this area each day. A chemical reaction occurring beneath the surface of the 30-year-old roadway is causing the road bed to crumble.
In January, weather permitting, Fortify crews will phase in traffic shifts on both the I-40 East and West lanes near the Gorman/Lake Wheeler exits while construction takes place outside the barrier walls. Following that, crews will continue to put up barrier walls along the I-40 project work zone until this entire stretch of roadway operates in a three-lane traffic pattern.
To reduce traffic impact the N.C. Department of Transportation is asking local employers to help get 30,000 vehicles off the road during the following peak commute times:
Monday-Friday
Morning:   6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon:   4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“Rebuilding this roadway is critical to keeping thousands of North Carolinians connected to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation each day,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “I’m proud that state government agencies, as well as other community partners, are working together to provide innovative ways to keep traffic flowing and help drivers to get where they need to go while these important safety improvements are under way.”
As Wake County’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees, state government agencies are proactively helping the road rebuild effort by offering their employees strategic ways to avoid I-40 and I-440 during peak travel times. Where possible, these agencies are encouraging staff impacted by the project to take advantage of the following options:
• Alternate work schedules
• Alternate work sites
• Teleworking
• Alternate forms of transportation“These are not one-size-fits-all options for every agency and state employee,” said Director of the Office of State Human Resources C. Neal Alexander.  “Each agency can determine what is most appropriate and effective for its employees, and tailor the options accordingly to ensure that productivity and efficiency continue during the most impactful portion of the project.”
To help state employees with the cost of alternative transportation, the North Carolina Department of Administration is offering N.C. state government workers based in Wake County a GoPass as part of a pilot program associated with Fortify. The State is one of 15 public and private employers in the Triangle that invests in the GoPass program for employees.  For a list of employers and more information visit: http://www.gotriangle.org/transit/employee-discounts/.
“This is a great opportunity to encourage more people to consider public transportation as a viable option,” said Triangle Transit General Manager David King. “For just a few dollars, the GoPass gives eligible workers a ride to and from work on all of the region’s transit systems. They avoid Fortify traffic, which is a plus for them as well as the thousands of other motorists who are driving through the construction area.”
For more information and resources associated with the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project, including alternative work schedule options, click on the links below:Project Site:
www.fortifyNC.com
Transit Information:
www.my40ride.com***NCDOT***

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Governor McCrory Urges Citizens to Prepare for Winter Weather

November 24, 2014 – 4:49 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

November 24, 2014 – 12:04 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

 

North Carolina State Board of Opticians

Don’t Be a Turkey. Buckle Up!

November 24, 2014 – 11:45 am
Don’t Be a Turkey. Buckle Up!

RALEIGH – Every year, thousands of people travel on North Carolina’s roadways to spend time with loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. For most of them, it’s a trip full of family, food and fellowship. But, for those travelers that don’t buckle up, the trip may not have such a happy ending.
“If you are involved in a crash, wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of critical injury or death by 50 percent,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy holiday travel season, and it is the perfect time to remind North Carolinians to buckle up no matter where in the car they sit.”
During the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which begins today and continues through Sunday, Nov. 30, law enforcement officers across the state will be out day and night to keep those who drive our highways safe.  While North Carolina reached a milestone in June by achieving a seat belt usage rate over 90 percent for the first time, November remains one of the top months for unbelted fatalities, particularly among 18-34 year-old males.
The N.C. Department of Transportation  and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program offer these safety tips for drivers and passengers as they travel this Thanksgiving:
• Buckle Up. Every Seat. Every Time.;
• Don’t drink and drive. Make sure you have a sober designated driver;
• Obey the speed limit;
• Keep a safe following distance;
• Turn on your headlights in the rain; and
• Put away all distractions including cell phones – it can wait.
For more information regarding “Click It or Ticket” activities, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2660 or visit the GHSP website.
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First Lady Ann McCrory, Alice Forest, Wife of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and N.C. Council for Women ask for Support of the Durham Rescue Mission

November 24, 2014 – 11:42 am

Raleigh, N.C. - First Lady Ann McCrory, Alice Forest, wife of Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, and Gale Wilkins, executive director of the NC Council for Women, have organized a food drive benefiting the Durham Rescue Mission. In upcoming weeks, they will collect canned food items and monetary donations to help struggling North Carolinians during the holiday season. 

 

Governor McCrory Touts Transportation Reform at National Transportation Convention in Charlotte

November 24, 2014 – 11:41 am

Charlotte, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory joined North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting in Charlotte this morning. Addressing nearly 700 transportation executives from around the country, the governor and transportation secretary highlighted North Carolina’s transportation reforms, including the strategic mobility formula and laying out a 25-year vision for transportation.

 

Governor McCrory Congratulates Speaker Designee Moore, Other Newly Selected Leaders

November 24, 2014 – 11:39 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement upon the selection of Rep. Tim Moore as Speaker Designee of the North Carolina House:

 

“I’d like to congratulate Speaker Designee Moore and the rest of the House members who will assume important leadership roles this session. I look forward to working with both the House and Senate to find solutions that strengthen our state and build on the accomplishments we’ve made in the past two years.”

 

Bill Cosby Still on Schedule for Charlotte Performance

November 24, 2014 – 10:23 am

CHARLOTTE – According to the Charlotte Business Journal this morning, comedian Bill Cosby is still scheduled to perform at Belk Theater in Charlotte on February 22nd of next year.
Despite the controversy surrounding the star about …

Christmas Pageant Planned for Cherryville Holiday Event

November 24, 2014 – 9:46 am

CHERRYVILLE – The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association will sponsor the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cherryville Community Building, 106 South Jacob Street, Cherryville.
The pageant is an official …

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24, 2014 – 7:16 am
NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH – As the fall and winter travel seasons approach, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save money and time by suspending most road construction work across the state over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Avoiding traffic delays will help ensure motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption. Historically, congestion during the Thanksgiving weekend can be heavy at various times and locations throughout the state. To better help motorists plan for this year, NCDOT has compiled 2013 traffic data to develop maps showing congestion on North Carolina interstates the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day last year. By clicking the play button on the bottom left corner of each map, you can view traffic congestion at hourly intervals. You can also zoom and pan to specific areas of the state. Similar information is also available for Virginia interstates.

Motorists can keep tabs on this year’s travel conditions with real-time travel information at any time by calling 511, visiting the NCDOT traffic website or following NCDOT on Twitter.

To also help travelers in North Carolina, most construction projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, until 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1, with the following exceptions:

•    U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;
•    N.C. 94 in Hyde County is reduced to one lane for culvert replacements on the Lake Mattamuskeet causeway;
•    U.S. 264 in Dare County between Stumpy Point and Engelhard is reduced to one lane in three locations for the replacement of three bridges;
•    U.S. 158 in Hertford County between Murfreesboro and Winton is reduced to one lane for paving. There will be no lane closures on Thanksgiving day;
•    N.C. 137 in Gates County is closed at U.S. 158/13 as part of a widening project along U.S. 158/13. N.C. 137 traffic is currently following a signed detour;
•    In Raleigh the two lanes of the I-40 West ramp onto I-440 West is reduced to one lane, and I-440 is in a two-lane pattern in both directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify project;
•    I-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes in each direction between I-40 and I-85 for a new interchange with High Point Road; and
•    I-295 Fayetteville Outer Loop will close the outbound (southbound) lanes of All-American Freeway between Fort Bragg and Santa Fe Drive

Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways during the holiday travel season:
•    Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
•    Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zone areas.
•    Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
•    Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
•    Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24, 2014 – 7:16 am
NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH – As the
fall and winter travel seasons approach, the N.C.
Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save
money and time by suspending most road construction work across the state over
the Thanksgiving holiday.

Avoiding traffic delays will help ensure motorists can reach
their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption.
Historically, congestion during the Thanksgiving weekend can be heavy at
various times and locations throughout the state. To better help motorists plan
for this year, NCDOT has compiled 2013 traffic data to develop maps showing congestion
on North Carolina interstates the Wednesday
before and Sunday
after Thanksgiving Day last year. By clicking the play button on the bottom
left corner of each map, you can view traffic congestion at hourly intervals. You
can also zoom and pan to specific areas of the state. Similar information is also
available for Virginia
interstates.

Motorists can keep tabs on this year’s travel conditions
with real-time travel information at any time by calling 511, visiting the
NCDOT traffic website or
following NCDOT on Twitter.

To also help travelers in North Carolina, most construction
projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended from 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, until 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1, with the following exceptions:

•        
U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is
reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River
Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;

•        
N.C. 94 in Hyde County is reduced to one lane for
culvert replacements on the Lake Mattamuskeet causeway;

•        
U.S. 264 in Dare County between Stumpy Point and
Engelhard is reduced to one lane in three locations for the replacement of
three bridges;

•        
U.S. 158 in Hertford County between Murfreesboro and
Winton is reduced to one lane for paving. There will be no lane closures on
Thanksgiving day;

•        
N.C. 137 in Gates County is closed at U.S. 158/13 as
part of a widening project along U.S. 158/13. N.C. 137 traffic is currently
following a signed detour;

•        
In Raleigh the two lanes of the I-40 West ramp onto
I-440 West is reduced to one lane, and I-440 is in a two-lane pattern in both
directions between I-40 and U.S. 64/264 as a part of the Fortify
project;

•        
I-73 in Guilford County is reduced to two lanes in each
direction between I-40 and I-85 for a new interchange with High Point Road; and

•        
I-295 Fayetteville Outer Loop will close the outbound
(southbound) lanes of All-American Freeway between Fort Bragg and Santa Fe
Drive

Here are
some additional tips for navigating the highways during the holiday travel
season:

·        
Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when
possible.

·        
Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and
traffic shifts in work zone areas.

·        
Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.

·        
Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic
congestion.

·        
Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take
frequent breaks.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the
area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for
construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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Rep. Tim Moore named Speaker Designee

November 23, 2014 – 10:52 am

Asheboro, NC – On Saturday, the North Carolina House Republican Caucus voted to elect their leaders for the next biennium session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Rep. Tim Moore was elected to be the …

North Carolina Recovers Jobs Lost During Great Recession

November 21, 2014 – 12:34 pm

Raleigh, NC-Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent. That represents a 1.2 point drop from October 2013 and is 2.5 points lower than January 2013 when the governor entered office.

 

Governor McCrory releases statement on immigration executive order

November 20, 2014 – 9:54 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s executive order that would prevent nearly five million undocumented immigrants from being deported:
 

Governor and First Lady Celebrate the Holidays with an Open House at the N.C. Governor’s Western Residence

November 20, 2014 – 3:19 pm

Asheville, N.C. – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory invite you to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Western Residence.

 

Governor McCrory continues push for NC businesses to hire veterans

November 20, 2014 – 11:06 am

Raleigh, NC – Following a successful “Hire a Veteran Week” in North Carolina last week, Governor Pat McCrory released the following web video urging employers to make veterans part of their workforce.

 

Governor McCrory Encourages Contributions in Honor of First Lady’s Birthday

November 19, 2014 – 5:42 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging North Carolinians to contribute to the state’s animal shelters or a pet adoption 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in honor of First Lady Ann McCrory’s birthday Sunday, November 23.  

 

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