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Governor McCrory praises Senators Burr and Tillis for offshore exploration amendment

January 22, 2015 – 6:28 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, praised U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis for an amendment they offered to the Keystone XL pipeline bill which would move North Carolina closer …

NCDOT Crews Working Hard in Western NC to Prepare for Impending Winter Weather

January 22, 2015 – 10:40 am
NCDOT Crews Working Hard in Western NC to Prepare for Impending Winter Weather

With another round winter weather moving into western North Carolina and the
foothills, N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been working hard to
prepare for the possibility of snow, ice and freezing rain.Here’s a look at what are crews are doing in each of
western North Carolina’s four divisions: 

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Division 11 (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes
and Yadkin counties)

The National Weather Service says snow, sleet, freezing rain and
rain are possible Friday and Saturday across parts of NCDOT’s Division 11. Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga counties could see 1-3 inches of snow, with
more accumulation possible in elevations above 3,000 feet, according to
the National Weather Service. 

To prepare for possible snow accumulation, crews will brine
primary routes in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga
counties. Brine is highly effective at preventing snow and ice from
bonding to the road surface. However, brining isn’t typically done in
areas where precipitation is likely to begin as rain, since the rain washes the
brine off the pavement and dilutes the solution. 

Division 12 (Alexander, Catawba,
Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties)

The National Weather Service says NCDOT’s Division
12 could see a mix of snow and rain beginning early Friday.

As a precaution,
NCDOT will brine interstate and primary routes (N.C., U.S. routes) in
Alexander County and northern Iredell County, where it’s more likely the
precipitation will begin as snow.

Division 13 (Buncombe, Burke,
Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties)

The
National Weather Service says NCDOT’s Division 13 could see a mix of snow, sleet and rain.

Division
13 crews will do some brining operations on elevated surfaces, including
bridges and other trouble spots more prone to snow and ice accumulation.
 Crews will also brine routes in the higher elevation mountain
counties. 

Division 14 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham,
Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties)

The
National Weather Service says precipitation is likely across much of NCDOT’s
Division 14.  While rain is likely in
valley locations, freezing rain, snow or sleet are possible
in the higher elevations. 

Starting
this morning, NCDOT crews will brine I-26 in Henderson and Polk
counties, U.S. 25 in Henderson County from I-26 to the South Carolina line,
N.C. 280 from the Buncombe County line into Brevard and U.S. 64/276
through Brevard in Transylvania County.  The latest models show the event
starting out as snow/sleet, then rain, in these areas, so crews will apply
brine as a precaution. 

Why We Brine

Brine is
a solution of water and salt that NCDOT uses as a method of pre-treating
roadways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulating on the road. Brine
contains 23 percent salt – the industry standard – and provides a number of
benefits:

•   Lowers the freezing temperature of
water to about 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius).

•   Prevents snow and ice from bonding
with the road’s surface.

•   Keeps snow from being compacted by
traffic, which can turn it into ice.

•   Is more effective and coats roadways
better than plain salt or sand.

•   Gives crews time, since
they can brine up to 48 hours in advance of a storm as long as it doesn’t
rain. Rain washes most of the brine solution off of the roadway.

•   Costs 15 cents per gallon to
produce. One mile of a single lane of road can be treated for about $6; rock
salt costs more than $14 to treat the same stretch of road. 

What’s Next?

After the
winter weather moves in, NCDOT will monitor roads for icy patches and treat any
accumulation with salt/sand to make it safer for motorists to
travel. Drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads, if possible, during
a winter weather event. 

First,
don’t go out unless you absolutely have to. If you must:

•  
Clear
all windows and mirrors of snow and ice. It might be helpful to let your
vehicle run for several minutes with both front and rear defrosters on to help
the process along.

•  
Remove
as much loose snow as possible from your vehicle’s trunk, roof and hood to keep
snow from blowing off and obscuring your vision and that of drivers behind you.
Clear off your rear bumper to expose the license plate.

•  
Be
sure that headlights, tail lights, external mirrors and marker lights are free
of obscuring snow and ice.

•  
Bring
your cell phone with you, even on short trips. You never know when you might
need it.

•  
Slow
down and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. We can’t
stress this enough. Excessive speed is the number one cause of winter weather
accidents.

•  
Do
not use your cruise control.

•  
Drive
smoothly, without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.

•  
Bridges
and overpasses freeze long before other parts of the roadway. Use extreme
caution and avoid using your brakes on the bridges (this is where slowing down
and leaving plenty of space is most important).For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments to Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

January 20, 2015 – 11:04 am

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

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

Governor McCrory Proclaims Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in North Carolina

January 20, 2015 – 11:03 am

Raleigh, N.C. - On this holiday, Americans across the country are celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Dr. King inspired us with his spirit and passion,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “He touched the lives of millions of people. His message of respect, peace and justice still resonates strongly today. I hope the citizens of North Carolina will take some time to reflect on his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and give back to their communities.”

 

Governor McCrory Releases Statement on UNC System President Tom Ross

January 16, 2015 – 1:20 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor McCrory released the following statement after today’s University of North Carolina Board of Governors Meeting:

 

Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

January 16, 2015 – 9:50 am
Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

RALEIGH – The NC Department of Transportation formally invites all North Carolina accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian-American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISI), and other accredited colleges, community colleges and universities to apply to serve as a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program for the 2015 fiscal year.
In an effort to address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established various educational initiatives including the NSTI Program.  While the NSTI Program is federally funded, it is administered by State Departments of Transportation.  The NSTI program is focused on science, technology, engineering and math for high school and junior high school students. NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers, and encourage participants to consider transportation-related fields of study in their higher education pursuits.
Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package directly to the NC Dept. of Transportation. These forms are available for download:

Statement of Work Application
Proposal Application
Application Checklist
Program Desk Reference

Application Submission Process
NCDOT will determine the number of NSTI host sites it wishes to fund under the State’s 2015 funding allocation. Please note that based on availability of funding, schools are not guaranteed funds to serve as a host site. Statement of Work applications must be a maximum of ten pages, not including the proposal application, which shall serve as attachments. NCDOT will evaluate potential host sites on several factors, including its 2015 application and its past performance (programmatic and fiscal).

Applications are due to NCDOT no later than 5 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2015. Email completed packages to Ashley Goolsby  or send by mail to:
Ashley Goolsby, Director
Office of Education Initiatives
1 S. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Contact Ashley Goolsby for more information.

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Governor McCrory, State Employees to Honor Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Annual Program

January 15, 2015 – 12:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has invited all state employees and the public to the Annual State Employees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance. The program, which will be held Friday, January 16, begins at 12 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street.

 

The theme of this year’s program is “The Civil Rights Movement in Words and Music: From Slavery to Freedom.”

 

Governor McCrory Welcomes General Assembly Back to Session

January 14, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Earlier today, the North Carolina General Assembly began its 2015 legislative session and Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement welcoming lawmakers back to the state capital.

 

Live Traffic Cameras Show Real-Time Road Conditions as Winter Storm Impacts North Carolina

January 14, 2015 – 1:11 am
Live Traffic Cameras Show Real-Time Road Conditions as Winter Storm Impacts North Carolina

RALEIGH — Residents and visitors can see firsthand how ice is affecting North Carolina roads and bridges by using the live
traffic camera feature on the Traffic Information Management
System (TIMS) page of the NCDOT website. NCDOT has live traffic cameras set up across the state in
and around major metropolitan areas, as well as along the coast, to give motorists a look at updated weather
and road conditions.

This brief tutorial shows how you
can access and use those live traffic cameras to “know before you go” about your commute.

Use TIMS to stay
updated on all the latest traffic and road conditions before, during and after
the winter storm strikes.Some cameras may not be operational if the storm knocks out power and connections to the network.

For additional real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit our travel website
or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then,
bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the
iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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Governor McCrory Encouraging Safety and Preparedness in Event of Severe Weather

January 13, 2015 – 5:19 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  With most of North Carolina under a winter weather advisory or winter storm watch, Governor McCrory and public safety and transportation officials are encouraging residents to prepare for the impending severe weather.

 

“It is important for everyone to use caution when traveling over the next 24 hours,” said Governor McCrory. “Road conditions could prove difficult and we highly recommend not to take any risks. Safety is our number one concern.”  

NCDOT Crews on Standby to Combat Possible Snow and Ice in Central and East Carolina

January 13, 2015 – 8:57 am
NCDOT Crews on Standby to Combat Possible Snow and Ice in Central and East Carolina

Raleigh–  With forecasters predicting the possibility of snow and ice in parts of central and east North Carolina Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning,  North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance crews are on standby to combat slick road conditions.

The National Weather Service has much of the central and eastern part of the state under either a winter storm watch or winter storm advisory from Tuesday evening until noon Wednesday with local forecasters predicting freezing rain up to a quarter of an inch of ice on some surfaces.  This could create slick conditions on roadways throughout the region on Wednesday, as well as create the potential for power problems.

Winter weather advisory:   In effect from 7 p.m. this evening to noon Wednesday.
• Western Piedmont and Western Sandhills
• Freezing rain and a little sleet with accumulations of ice expected from a trace up to a tenth of an inch with a trace amount of sleet.
Winter Storm Watch:  In effect from now through Wednesday morning.
• Eastern Piedmont, Coastal Plains and Eastern Sandhills
• Freezing rain and a little sleet with accumulations expected up to a quarter inch of ice with trace amounts of sleet.
In most counties, NCDOT maintenance crews went home midday today and will be back this evening to spread salt and sand into the morning on areas prone to slick conditions— bridges, overpasses, ramps, as well as roads and highways.
And in most locations, brine operations won’t help combat slippery road conditions with this storm due to rain today that would wash off the solution.

NCDOT offers tips for driving on icy roads:

Don’t drive unless you need to. If you must, slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not use cruise control, and drive smoothly without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.

If you begin to slide, remember the following rules:

• Don’t panic.
• Take your foot off of the accelerator.
• If you have to use the brakes, use them gently (antilock brakes should be applied with gentle, steady pressure; for standard, non-ABS brakes, pump the brake pedal gently to avoid locking up).
• Wait for the car to slow down enough to regain traction before gently accelerating.
• Yield the right of way at intersections.

Rear-wheel skids

• Steer your vehicle in the direction that your rear wheels are skidding.
• Avoid focusing on what your vehicle may be headed toward and instead focus on getting out of the skid.

Front-wheel skids

• Shift into neutral.
• Don’t try to steer immediately.
• When your vehicle begins to slow down, steer in the direction that you want your vehicle to go.
• Put the vehicle into gear and gently accelerate.

For more information on driving safely in severe weather, click here.
                                                

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Governor’s Office Releases Statement on Unsubstantiated Ethics Claim

January 12, 2015 – 5:46 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Bob Stephens, chief legal counsel for Governor Pat McCrory released a statement following an ethics complaint filed today:

 

Governor McCrory Announces Deal to Sell Dorothea Dix Property

January 12, 2015 – 1:15 pm

Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced today that state and municipal leaders have tentatively agreed to a deal that would sell the Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh.  

 

“This agreement allows the creation of a destination park in our state capital,  protects state taxpayers and continues to honor the legacy of Dorothea Dix,” said Governor McCrory.

 

Mayor McFarlane added that the purchase of Dorothea Dix Park “marks a significant moment for the City of Raleigh.”

 

Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

January 12, 2015 – 6:45 am
Cary Rail Depot Chosen As National Model for Return on Investment

RALEIGH- N.C. Department of Transportation’s Cary Rail Depot has been selected by OneRail Coalition as one of six examples from around the country that have demonstrated a high return on investment of both public and private funding for rail projects.
On Dec. 2 OneRail Coalition hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill where they highlighted successful passenger and freight projects from around the country. The Cary Depot was one of the six success stories highlighted at the briefing.
NCDOT Rail Division Facility Consulting Engineer Craig Newton shared with the attendees at the briefing how planners foresaw a need over 20 years ago and were therefore able to implement phased projects with limited funding in order to meet future growth in the Cary area.
The Cary Depot was developed using a model that was developed in the 1990s where small initial projects anticipate future expansion. This model has been used elsewhere in North Carolina and has proven to be successful in increasing ridership dramatically, especially when station facilities are improved.
“Cary Depot ridership growth has far exceeded our expectations. My hope is that this success will inspire other station projects in North Carolina and other states,” said Newton.
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White Labs to Open New Facility in Buncombe County and Create 56 New Jobs

January 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm

Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla along with the Economic Development Partnership of NC announced today that White Labs, Inc. is opening a new facility in Buncombe County.  The company plans to create 56 new jobs over the next three years and invest $8.1 million over the next five years in Buncombe County.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Judicial Appointment

January 9, 2015 – 3:12 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has appointed William B. Sutton Jr. as District Court Judge for the 4th Judicial District, which covers Sampson, Duplin, Onslow and Jones counties. Sutton fills a vacancy made by  the retirement of Chief District Court Judge Leonard Thagard.

 

Governor McCrory Proclaims National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9, 2015 – 3:06 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed January 9, 2015 “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” in North Carolina. The National Fraternal Order of Police and C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) have designated January 9th as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

 

Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

January 9, 2015 – 10:27 am
Fortify Friday:   The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

RALEIGH — If you drive through the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project in southeast Raleigh, you will see ramped-up activity on the I-40 portion from the I-40/440 split to U.S. 1 in Cary.
Barrier walls are now in place on I-40 between Gorman Street and U.S. 1 to protect crews working on the other side from traffic. That means, in some areas, motorists will drive through what those in the construction industry call “the cattle chute.” They use this term to illustrate the narrowing of the roadway. With barrier walls on each side of the interstate, there is no access to the shoulders. The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers traveling through this portion of the work zone to go the speed limit and avoid distractions to ensure safety.
On the I-440 portion of the project, I-440 West from the I-40/440 split to U.S. 264 is expected open to three lanes in the coming weeks, depending on the weather. I-440 East is scheduled to open to three lanes shortly after that.
Starting Monday, Jan. 12, Triangle Transit will kick off new express bus routes to help ease traffic on the Fortify project. The new routes include:

 Cary to Downtown Raleigh (Route 300X)
Weekday express service every 30 minutes between the Cary Train Station and downtown Raleigh from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.  
 South Cary to Raleigh (CTX)
Weekday express service every 30 minutes between the Park-and-Ride lot at Wellington Park Shopping Center in South Cary, NC State University and downtown Raleigh from 6:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
 Fuquay-Varina to Raleigh (FRX)
Weekday express service every 30 minutes between two Park-and-Ride lots in the Town of Fuquay-Varina and downtown Raleigh. The Park-and-Ride lots are located at South Park and the Food Lion off of Hilltop Needmore Road. Service will run from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  Clayton to Raleigh (CLX)
Weekday express service every 30 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between the Park-and-Ride lot at the Dollar Tree in Clayton off of Town Centre Boulevard and the Park-and-Ride lot at the White Oak Shopping Center and downtown Raleigh.
Click here for more information on Triangle Transit’s new service routes and maps. For details on the Fortify project, visit http://www.fortifyNC.com.

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Governor McCrory Announces Judicial Appointment

January 8, 2015 – 1:14 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has appointed V.A. “Woofer” Davidian of Wake County as District Court Judge, filling the vacancy created by former District Court Judge Jennifer Knox’s election as Wake County Clerk of Superior Court.

 

“Judge Davidian has performed admirably on the District Court bench, and I’m confident he’ll continue to serve the citizens of Wake County well,” Governor McCrory said.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

January 8, 2015 – 12:30 pm

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

 

North Carolina Medical Board

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