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1/30/2015: Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

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

Posted 1/30/2015 4:07:09 PM

RALEIGH — The Fortify project took a major step overnight, as crews completed the opening of the I-440 West portion of the project back to its original three lanes of traffic between I-40 and just north of the I-495/U.S. 64/264 exit. The additional travel lane is expected to greatly improve traffic flow for motorists coming off I-40 from either direction and heading west on I-440 toward north Raleigh. Drivers coming off the ramp from I-40 West onto I-440 West will no longer have to merge into travel lanes as they can continue along a through lane. Although traffic is in the three lane pattern, more work remains on the westbound side with some additional paving in spots, barrier wall adjustments and striping. Crews will also be setting light poles and installing highway signs that include the new I-495 designation for exit 14.Progress also continues on I-440 East, with paving, sign installations, and shoulder and drainage work. In mid-February there is expected to be a weekend closure of one of the Poole Road ramps so it can be tied in with the rebuilt interstate. The contractor hopes to be able to start opening the I-440 East side to its three travel lanes in early March, weather permitting. There will be additional work needed even after both sides are back in their original traffic patterns.  Once the temperatures warm up in early spring, crews will add a final top layer of asphalt on the I-440 section, and put down the permanent lane striping. As work on the I-440 section of Fortify begins to wind down, motorists will see more activity on the major part of the project. That is the 8 1/2 mile stretch of I-40 between the I-440/U.S. 1/64 interchange in Cary and the I-440 split in southeast Raleigh. Crews are continuing to prep the shoulders on both I-40 East and West to get them ready to be paved over to be used as travel lanes once the highway goes into its three-lane pattern in late spring. Work is also under way at the Hammond Road exit, where the ramp pattern will be changed back to its original setup in several weeks. Bridge widening work also continues at Garner Road, Hadley Drive and Gorman Street. In the coming months, drivers along I-40 will start to see more barrier walls go up, limiting access to shoulders and the median. Eventually by late spring, the entire I-40 work zone could be in the three-lane traffic pattern in both directions. That is expected to remain in place for most of the rest of the project, which is scheduled to wrap up late in 2016. Commuter Options Because of the expected traffic impact of being in that three-lane pattern, NCDOT is partnering with Go Triangle, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit to promote options such as busses, van pools, carpooling, cycling, flex schedules and telecommuting to help motorists avoid traveling through the work zone at peak travel times. The Fortify website provides comprehensive information, including alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras. Employers can also access online resources to help them develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes links to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to stay engaged with NCDOT and other commuters. *** NCDOT ***
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1/30/2015: Avoid Penalties and Designate a Sober Driver on Super Bowl Sunday

Avoid Penalties and Designate a Sober Driver on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted 1/30/2015 2:35:38 PM

RALEIGH - A solid game plan is the first step to victory both on the football field and on the highway. To avoid costly penalties this Super Bowl Sunday, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind motorists to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver and buckling their seat belts.  “Crashes involving impaired driving are 100-percent preventable, especially when you plan ahead,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “We encourage fans to make a winning decision this Super Bowl by lining up a sober driver and always buckling up.” The choice to drive drunk or not wear a seat belt comes with steep penalties. Drivers and passengers caught not buckled up can face fines of $161. Those who decide to get behind the wheel while impaired stand to lose their license, significant money in court costs and possibly their jobs. They also risk the worst penalty of all – losing their lives or killing someone else. NCDOT and GHSP want everyone to remember that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, be sure to pick your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver. GHSP offers these additional safety tips for those attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant: • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab to come and get you, or just stay for the night. • Use your community’s sober ride program. • Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.  If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party: • Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely. • Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party. • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game, and begin serving coffee and dessert. • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has been drinking. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2, 2014, there were more than 20,000 crashes on North Carolina highways, resulting in 83 fatalities. Of those crashes, 951 were alcohol-related and resulted in 21 fatalities. Law enforcement officers across the state will be out day and night on Sunday to show drivers that in North Carolina it is “Booze It & Lose It” and “Click It or Ticket.” ***NCDOT***
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1/27/2015: NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 1/27/2015 3:56:25 PM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications from communitiesinterested in participating in the Watch for Me NC campaign. Watch for Me NC is a nationally-recognized bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and enforcement program. The campaign follows a comprehensive and data-driven approach to increasing public awareness and expanding local law enforcement capacity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The campaign is led by local partners with technical support and safety materials provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Watch for Me NC expanded into a statewide campaign in 2014 after a successful pilot program in the Triangle region in 2012-2013. The 2015 campaign is supported by the NCDOT Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The campaign, now in its fourth year, is seeking new partner communities in North Carolina as part of an effort to expand statewide. Communities interested in joining the campaign can learn more about the program or can download an application at www.watchformenc.org/about/participate. Applications will be due on March 27, 2015. Selected partners receive free law enforcement training and safety materials to support their local efforts. Safety materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers and banners. The campaign also educates the public through paid advertising such as billboards and radio public service announcements. Applicants must demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police and are encouraged to work with other partners in their region. NCDOT also is hosting two applicant webinars in February to better inform communities about the campaign and what it requires of partner communities. To register for a webinar (which both cover the same information), go to: ·         10 am, February 12: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2362626551695172865 ·         1 pm, February 24: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/747208675066347265 Prior Watch for Me NC partners are encouraged to continue involvement in 2015. Those partners will have to submit an abbreviated application showing their commitment to meeting the full intent of the program and letter(s) of support from respective law enforcement agencies. “Watch for Me NC is a unique resource for communities interested in making measurable improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety. The combination of expanded law enforcement, strategic public education, and popular safety items all contribute to its success,” says Lauren Blackburn, Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
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1/16/2015: Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

Host Sites Wanted for National Summer Transportation Institute Program

Posted 1/16/2015 4:46:50 PM

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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1/8/2015: NCDOT Workers Honored with The Extra Mile Award

NCDOT Workers Honored with The Extra Mile Award

Posted 1/8/2015 4:30:57 PM

Raleigh – An NCDOT Davie County work crew that was credited with preventing what could have been a tragic accident last month received the department’s Extra Mile Award. The honor recognizes NCDOT employees who go beyond their normal duties in service to the state of North Carolina. They received the award from Secretary Tony Tata Thursday at the monthly NCDOT Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh. Tata said, “These gentlemen helped prevent possible tragedy when they stopped a wrong way driver traveling on I-40 in Davie County”.  He thanked them for their “quick response and willingness to put themselves in danger.” On the morning of December 4, shortly before noon, Davie County Fire Marshall Jerry K. Myers was traveling north on U.S. 601 when he saw a vehicle turn onto the exit ramp of Interstate 40 East. The driver proceeded the wrong way down the exit ramp, and started traveling west in the eastbound lane. In an attempt to stop the vehicle, Myers got on I-40 West, went to the next exit, and then drove east in the eastbound lane. By the time he got back to the exit ramp, several workers with the N.C. Department of transportation who had been working on the side of the interstate had managed to stop the vehicle and warn oncoming traffic of the hazard ahead. “If the workers that day had not taken the actions they had putting themselves in danger,” said Fire Marshall Myers, “there is no doubt the outcome would have certainly turned into a tragic event.” “On the way to overtake the vehicle I passed two tractor trailers and due to their speed at the time and the topography of the land they most surely would not have seen the vehicle in question in time to react,” said Myers. He added, “The NCDOT workers that day prevented a tragic event from unfolding in our county that unfortunately we have seen on more than one occasion. Their selfless action no doubt saved the lives of not only the person in the passenger car but an unknown scenario of what could have been a major incident.” Myers sent a letter of recommendation to the workers who were involved: Transportation Supervisor David Plagemann, and Transportation Workers Jerry Lee Burcham, Daniel Devoid, Cory Robertson, Andy Reavis and Elmer Hendren. NCDOT Division 9 engineer Pat Ivey nominated the crew for The Extra Mile Award ***NCDOT***
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Left to right: Pat Ivey (Division 9 Engineer), Clyde E. Scott II (Transportation Supervisor for Davie Maintenance), David Plagemann, Daniel DeVoid, Secretary Tata, Elmer Hendren Jr., Andrew Reavis, Cory Robertson, Jerry Lee Burcham.
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