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1/19/2018: This Week at NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup and PIP Completion

This Week at NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup and PIP Completion

Posted 1/19/2018 11:35:37 AM

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Winter Storm Cleanup Once again, the New Year kicked off with a wintry welcome, bringing record-breaking cold and not one, but two winter storms. The first storm brought ice and a few inches of snow to eastern counties and coastal areas, which is an unusual sight in North Carolina. The ice, coupled with constant below freezing daytime temperatures and single digit nighttime temperatures, made it especially challenging for crews to clear roadways. N.C. Department of Transportation crews from across the state were sent to assist in the clearing efforts, which took nearly a week in some areas. Nearly every county received snow, with the highest amounts in the Piedmont where up to a foot fell in some locations. Additional crews from other counties were brought in to assist, first clearing interstates and primary routes before transitioning to secondary roads. IMAP Rescue We also want to recognize some of our workers who recently made a big difference for a few North Carolinians. North Carolina State Farm Incident Management Assistance Patrol employees Robert Remini and Denny Thrift saw a mother in distress on the shoulder of I-73. They pulled over and jumped into action, saving a child who was suffocating. And during the latest round of winter weather, Triangle Expressway Roadway Manager Alan Shapiro and Bradley Young, who also works for the N.C. Turnpike Authority, went above and beyond. While monitoring N.C. 540 on the operations floor, Alan noticed a stranded motorist. He knew it would take some time to get the driver help, so he asked Bradley to meet him on the Triangle Expressway so they could personally assist the driver. Thanks to our workers across the state who help keep drivers safe every day. PIP Completion On another note, hop on the train to experience firsthand the improvements between Charlotte and Raleigh with the completion of the Piedmont Improvement Program. This series of 40 rail projects, that included station improvements, closures of street-level crossings and new bridges, have greatly increased safety for vehicle drivers and rail passengers. Additionally, the ability to more efficiently move freight traffic will help spur new economic development and job growth. You can learn more about these projects here.
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1/19/2018: Conditions Improve, Governor Calls for Patience as Road Clearing Work Continues

Conditions Improve, Governor Calls for Patience as Road Clearing Work Continues

Posted 1/19/2018 11:21:04 AM

RALEIGH – With some melting Thursday and temperatures on the rise again Friday, North Carolina’s interstates and major highways are in good shape, but many secondary roads and neighborhood streets are still treacherous. Governor Cooper urged everyone to be patient just a little while longer before venturing out and to drive carefully if they do.   “The sun is back out and temperatures are climbing. Primary roads are much improved today, but many secondary roads are still slick in places,” Gov. Cooper said. “You can help by continuing to stay off the roads where snow and ice are still in the way, and use caution while driving if you must travel.”   The State Highway Patrol investigated more than 3,000 crashes from Tuesday night through 11 a.m. Friday, and received nearly 5,000 calls for service since the storm began.   One traffic fatality was reported in rural Washington County, near Roper, where a vehicle went off the road and overturned in a canal.  The occupant of that vehicle Lee Deshawn Norman, 26, of Plymouth, died. The cause of the collision is under investigation but state troopers advise the roadway was snow-covered at the time of the collision. Another fatality that may have been weather related was reported this morning in Durham when a tow truck ran off the road and its driver was killed. The Durham Police Department is investigating the cause.   In most of the state, interstates and other primary roads are clear with some icy patches. N.C. Department of Transportation road crews are now focused on clearing secondary two-lane and neighborhood roads throughout the day. That effort, combined with the warmer temperatures and sunshine, should allow road crews to clear many secondary roads before this evening. Wet roadways will likely refreeze overnight leading to slick roads in some locations again Saturday morning, so road crews will be back at work Saturday where needed.   A winter weather advisory for a large portion of the state expired early Friday afternoon. Another winter weather advisory is likely to be reissued Friday evening since refreezing could make travel hazardous. Areas of the Triad and Triangle will experience a gradual rise in temperatures Friday. More melting is expected as temperatures will reach the mid to upper 40s in snow-covered areas and lower 50s elsewhere. With clear skies tonight, lows will dip below freezing again. A cycle of melting and refreezing is anticipated through the weekend.   Power outages are way down as utility workers have worked to restore outages quickly.  As of 11 a.m. there were less than 200 homes and businesses without power, down from a peak Wednesday evening of approximately 40,000 homes and businesses without power statewide.   A state of emergency that the Governor signed Tuesday remains in effect, along with an executive order waiving truck weight, size and hours of service restrictions to ease movement of heating fuel, supplies and equipment and to allow restoration of utility services.   Across the state, approximately 75 percent of schools remained closed Friday with several others delaying their start. The Adverse Weather Policy for state employees remains in effect in areas impacted by the winter storm and its lingering conditions. More Information Travelers are urged to go to DriveNC.gov for up-to-date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions. Callers can dial 211 for information about other resources. Deaf and hard of hearing callers can reach 211 by dialing 888-892-1162. Real-time weather and road conditions, as well as winter safety tips, can also be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or at ReadyNC.org.
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1/12/2018: NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

Posted 1/12/2018 8:14:15 AM

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will be playing a leading role in a new group set up to improve and standardize the nationwide drone industry. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed NCDOT to the steering committee that will help develop a new Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and training organizations. “This gives us a unique opportunity to be a lead in creating training standards for the nation,” said Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer with NCDOT. “Exciting times ahead.” The TOP was established in November 2017 to unite the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and develop consistent best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for drone operators and service providers. NCDOT is the only state government agency in the country to be named to the program. More information about the TOP can be found on AUVSI’s website. Contact: James Pearce             (919) 812-1685             jpearce2@ncdot.gov
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1/10/2018: Largest Program of Improvements to State’s Rail Infrastructure Complete

Largest Program of Improvements to State’s Rail Infrastructure Complete

Posted 1/10/2018 9:11:14 AM

RALEIGH — After just seven years, North Carolina’s largest program of improvements to the state’s rail infrastructure is complete. The Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP) is improving safety, efficiency and reliability for freight and passenger rail service between Charlotte and Raleigh. Over the course of the project, more than 40 comprehensive rail projects were completed. These included: Constructing 13 new bridges over or under highways to prevent train/vehicle collisions; Laying 27 miles of double track between Greensboro and Charlotte, making the route between both cities now double track; Closing nearly 40 street-level roadway crossings to improve safety; Additional locomotives and railcars for the Piedmont train service; and Improvements to four train stations between Cary and Kannapolis. “The Piedmont Improvement Program has put our state on the right path for the future by not only improving connectivity for passenger customers, but also serving as a catalyst for economic improvement through freight rail service, locally and nationally,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard. “Additionally, modernization of the corridor allows for increased freight service along the line to better accommodate growing freight traffic while lightening the load on our state’s highways.” Understanding the significance of railroads to North Carolina’s infrastructure and economy, the N.C. Department of Transportation embarked upon a series of railroad and highway construction projects and enhancements in 2010. The program also allows for the start of two new daily round trips on the Piedmont passenger line, meaning passengers will ultimately be able to travel on five trains each way between Raleigh and Charlotte. The first new round trip Piedmont route is targeted to begin in Spring 2018. For a full project list and video detailing the benefits of PIP, visit NCDOT's website. The Federal Railroad Administration awarded the state a $520 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the work. NCDOT thanks the following partners for their assistance in making the program a success: North Carolina General Assembly Federal Railroad Administration Municipalities: Burlington, Cary, Charlotte, China Grove, Durham, Greensboro, Harrisburg, High Point, Landis, Morrisville, Raleigh, Salisbury North Carolina Railroad Company Norfolk Southern Railway CSX Transportation Amtrak North Carolina Association of General Contractors North Carolina Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies Media can download a broadcast-quality version of the video or access it on YouTube.
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12/29/2017: Fees for DMV Hearings Begin; State-Mandated Charges Now Required

Fees for DMV Hearings Begin; State-Mandated Charges Now Required

Posted 12/29/2017 2:58:45 PM

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has started collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings as of Jan. 1. This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings. NCDMV will notify eligible customers by mail on how to request a hearing, applicable fees and deadlines for submitting a request. Most hearings will be scheduled when the request is submitted in writing and the fees are paid in full. A waiver of fees is available for applicants who meet certain household income criteria. For more information on the administrative hearings process and a list of fees, visit the DMV website at MyNCDMV.gov.
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