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9/23/2014: NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at North Carolina Seafood Festival

NCDMV to Offer ID Cards, Driver License Renewals and Duplicates at North Carolina Seafood Festival

Posted 9/23/2014 3:23:18 PM

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will join the fun and excitement in Morehead City at “The 28th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival” from Saturday, October 4 – Sunday, October 5. An NCDMV mobile unit will be located next to the Southern Outer Banks Boat Show & Outdoor Expo at the Port of Morehead City. Division representatives will be present during the festival, providing information and driver services to all customers.  From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Division will offer opportunities for festival goers to renew their driver licenses, as long as a written or road test is not required. Driver licenses are issued through age 65 for eight years and are priced at $4 per year. Drivers 65 and older are issued licenses for five years.  Duplicate driver licenses and ID cards for children and adults can be ordered at the mobile unit for a cost of $10 each. The unit will also provide state transportation maps, driver handbooks and brochures. NCDMV urges citizens to come prepared with the necessary documents to order ID cards. Citizens applying for an ID card for the first time will need to provide proof of their full name and date of birth. They will also need to provide a Social Security card and proof of residency in North Carolina. A full list of acceptable documents is available on the official NCDMV website. Hours of operation for the mobile unit are as follows: Saturday, October 4: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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9/19/2014: Child Passenger Safety Week Concludes with Seat Check Saturday

Child Passenger Safety Week Concludes with Seat Check Saturday

Posted 9/19/2014 3:10:08 PM

RALEIGH – Seat Check Saturday marks the conclusion of Child Passenger Safety week, and the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind parents there is still time to ensure your child is in the right child safety seat. On Saturday, Sept. 20, parents and caregivers can stop at one of 87 permanent checking stations across the state, where nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check their car seats and booster seats to be sure they are properly installed and appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height. For a list of locations participating in Seat Check Saturday, as well as those offering seat check services year-round, visit BuckleUpNC.org.  Nationwide, vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children 1 to 13 years old . In 2013, more than 54,000 children under the age of 16 were involved in car crashes on North Carolina highways. Of the 36 children killed in those crashes, 25 percent were not secured in a child safety seat or wearing a seat belt. The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Law requires children younger than age 16 to be properly restrained in an age, weight and height appropriate restraint. To learn more about Child Passenger Safety Week and the state’s occupant restraint laws, visit the GHSP website or BuckleUpNC.org. ***NCDOT***
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9/18/2014: NC Ferry Division Releases Fall & Winter Schedules For Hatteras Inlet

NC Ferry Division Releases Fall & Winter Schedules For Hatteras Inlet

Posted 9/18/2014 10:00:41 AM

(MANNS HARBOR) - With the shorter days, cooler air, and passing of peak tourist season on the coast, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be switching to a fall schedule on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route on Tuesday, September 23. The change will take the route from its summertime peak of 36 scheduled departures from both sides each day down to 30. The fall schedule will run through November 10. On November 11, the Hatteras Inlet route will adopt a winter schedule with 18 departures from both sides each day. "We are constantly evaluating traffic patterns and passenger loads to get the best bang for the taxpayer's buck," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "This intermediate fall schedule allows shoulder season traffic easy access to Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, while also allowing us to back off our peak season schedule a little earlier." In the past, the Hatteras Inlet route went directly from its summer schedule to its winter schedule in early October. Beginning September 23, the schedule for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be as follows: Departing Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departing Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. Other ferry routes will be making seasonal schedule changes as planned. On September 30, the Cedar Island-Ocracoke route will be switching to its fall schedule, while the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher routes will be making the transition to their off-season schedules. Schedules for all seven North Carolina Ferry Routes can be found online at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.***NCDOT*** 
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9/17/2014: Governor McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata Unveil Governor’s 25-Year Vision with Cross-State Tour

Governor McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata Unveil Governor’s 25-Year Vision with Cross-State Tour

Posted 9/17/2014 11:08:31 AM

RALEIGH - Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata are unveiling the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina today with a cross-state tour that includes stops in Wilmington, Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville to detail the challenges faced by and solutions proposed for each of the state’s four major regions: coastal, eastern, central and western, as well as comprehensive solutions for the whole state.   “Transportation is the backbone of our state’s economy, and investing in transportation solutions will help expand opportunities and create jobs,” Governor McCrory said. “Companies want to invest where they know there is a strong vision for moving people and products and that is why we have made this strategic vision a priority.” “We must have a well-connected, well-maintained and well-funded transportation system in place for North Carolina to continue to thrive,” Secretary Tata said. “This vision will provide a roadmap for long-term strategic investment that ensures we are making the most of our limited resources and proactively addressing the ever-growing demands on our state’s transportation infrastructure over the next quarter century.” This 25-year vision builds on the foundation established by the Strategic Transportation Investments law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory last summer. The law changes the way North Carolina funds and prioritizes major transportation projects, allowing the state to make the best possible use of its existing resources over a 10-year period. While the new law is still in the implementation process, the N.C. Department of Transportation estimates that based on current data it will be able to fund more than twice the number of projects it could under the previous funding formula. The 25-year vision will take these efforts a step further to ensure that the state is maximizing its resources and fully leveraging its infrastructure over the longterm. The vision does not include a list of specific projects, but rather provides high-level solutions for the state by laying out the future investments needed to help each region and North Carolina as a whole achieve their full potential. The Coastal Solutions identified in the vision include: Sustainable beach nourishment;  Improving highway connections; Replacing aging bridges; Stabilizing inlets; and  Transforming North Carolina’s ports. The Eastern Solutions include: Improving the highway connection to Hampton Roads;  Strengthening military connections; Enhancing freight movement; and Improving I-95 connections. The Central Solutions include: Relieving congestion for people and products; Expanding mass transit options;  Enhancing access to inland ports;  Improving connectivity to logistics hubs; and Supporting connections to privately developed megasites. The Western Solutions include: Improving interstate connections;  Strengthening highway connectivity from the mountains to the coast;  Improving intrastate connections; and  Enhancing industrial rail to support freight movement. The Comprehensive Solutions identified to address transportation needs on a statewide level include: Strengthening the maintenance of our existing facilities;  Improving our public transportation network including passenger rail;  Expanding bicycle and pedestrian networks statewide; and  Supporting greater broadband connectivity through existing right of way  In addition to identifying challenges and solutions, the vision also addresses the critical need for alternative funding solutions that will allow the state to close the growing gap between infrastructure needs and available funding, and invest in the strategic vision. Alternative funding solutions identified in the vision include: Optimizing public-private partnerships; Reducing dependency on federal dollars; Taking advantage of historically low interest rates and Presenting targeted Revenue Recommendations to the General Assembly for action during the 2015 legislative session. For more information and to view the Governor’s 25-Year Vision, visit www.ncvision25.gov.  ###
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9/16/2014: NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event

NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event

Posted 9/16/2014 3:31:41 PM

RALEIGH – Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.   “The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.”   Cleanup supplies, such as orange bags, gloves and safety vests for volunteers participating in Litter Sweep can be obtained through local NCDOT county maintenance offices. Once the Fall Litter Sweep concludes, NCDOT employees will collect all trash bags left on the roadsides by volunteer groups participating in the cleanup. Participants are reminded to follow safety guidelines, which may be viewed online.   The NC State Highway Patrol will be policing the roadways for unsecured loads and littering. Littering is unlawful and a fineable offense with fines up to $2,000 upon conviction; penalties can also include a point on the offender’s driver license and hours of community service.   For more information on litter prevention, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit www.ncdot.gov/~beautification.       ***NCDOT***
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