NC DOT http://wunc.org en I-40/440 Rebuild Officially Underway http://wunc.org/post/i-40440-rebuild-officially-underway <p></p><p>Some eastbound lanes on portions of I-440 near the I-40/440 split will now be shut down at night.&nbsp;</p><p>It's part of 3-year rebuild project that will replace an 11-and-a-half mile stretch of freeway in southern Wake County. Daytime lane closures won't begin until mid December.</p><p>The DOT's Cris Mulder says 100,000 vehicles use this part of the highway every day and safety is the biggest concern.<br /><br />"This is 30-year old concrete and pavement," Mulder says.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:56:36 +0000 Catherine Brand 24889 at http://wunc.org I-40/440 Rebuild Officially Underway Amtrak Corridor Between Raleigh And Charlotte Growing Quickly http://wunc.org/post/amtrak-corridor-between-raleigh-and-charlotte-growing-quickly <p></p><p>The <a href="https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=8934">state Department of Transportation</a> says the latest numbers show Amtrak train service between Raleigh and Charlotte is among the fastest growing corridors in the country.</p><p>The <a href="https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=8934">“Piedmont” and “Carolinian”</a> trains transported about 480,000 riders in the past year.</p><p>Amtrak passengers with suitcases, pillows and smart devices started gathering their items as the attendant in the downtown Durham station made this announcement.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:40:26 +0000 Leoneda Inge 24868 at http://wunc.org Amtrak Corridor Between Raleigh And Charlotte Growing Quickly NC DOT Moving Forward With 540 Extension Plans http://wunc.org/post/nc-dot-moving-forward-540-extension-plans <p>Commuters south and east of Raleigh can weigh in on the final section of highway 540.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:25:32 +0000 Eric Hodge 22372 at http://wunc.org NC DOT Moving Forward With 540 Extension Plans NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion http://wunc.org/post/nc-dot-considers-ramp-meters-reduce-triangle-congestion <p></p><p><a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/">North Carolina's Department of Transportation</a> says it might put traffic signals on Interstate entrance ramps to help relieve traffic jams in the Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>The lights known as ramp meters allow one car at a time to enter the freeway in order to ease the merging process during rush hours.&nbsp; NCDOT engineer Battle Whitley says they could help traffic in areas where it tends to slow down during the morning and evening commutes.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:28:26 +0000 Will Michaels 22173 at http://wunc.org NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route http://wunc.org/post/dot-tests-new-ramps-emergency-ferry-route <p>In preparation for peak hurricane season, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has tested out two new ramps along its emergency ferry route. The ramps are located at Stumpy Point, on the mainland, and Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks, a route that would allow access to Hatteras Island if Highway 12 were damaged in a storm.</p><p>“We hope not to need these ramps anytime soon,” said NC Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon in a statement. “But if we do, the new ramps will provide the public safer and more reliable access to the emergency route that serves as a lifeline to Hatteras Island after a major storm.” Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Laura Candler 21679 at http://wunc.org DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route Gas Tax Becoming An Unreliable Source Of Revenue http://wunc.org/post/gas-tax-becoming-unreliable-source-revenue <p>The state Department of Transportation's main source of revenue will drop sharply over the next decade.&nbsp;</p><p>That's according to the DOT's chief financial officer, who recently told the Board of Transportation that more fuel efficient cars are cutting into state revenue from the gas tax.&nbsp; That source of funding accounts for 70 percent of the department's budget.&nbsp; The DOT's CFO, Mark Foster, says growth in revenue from the gas tax depends on more drivers using more gas. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:56:34 +0000 Will Michaels 21480 at http://wunc.org Gas Tax Becoming An Unreliable Source Of Revenue 'Bus On Shoulder System' Expands From Durham To Wake County http://wunc.org/post/bus-shoulder-system-expands-durham-wake-county <p>After a year of success in Durham County, the state's first <a href="http://triangletransit.org/boss">Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS</a>) is ready to expand into Wake County. The North Carolina Department of Transportation allows transit buses to travel on the shoulders of designated stretches of roadways to bypass congested traffic, but only when speeds drop below 35 miles per hour.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:27:26 +0000 Catherine Brand 20906 at http://wunc.org 'Bus On Shoulder System' Expands From Durham To Wake County DOT Combines Vehicle Tag And Tax Bill http://wunc.org/post/dot-combines-vehicle-tag-and-tax-bill <p>Car, truck and motorcycle owners across the state will notice changes to how they pay vehicle property taxes and registration fees, starting this month.&nbsp; State transportation officials say the <a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/tagtax/">two fees will now be billed and paid at the same time</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Steve Abbot, who works for the North Carolina DOT, says the new system is in effect today for vehicle owners who go online. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:07:32 +0000 Eric Hodge 18176 at http://wunc.org DOT Combines Vehicle Tag And Tax Bill NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops http://wunc.org/post/ncdot-removes-ev-charging-stations-rest-stops <p>The North Carolina DOT says it had to remove four electric vehicle charging stations from rest areas due to conflicting state and federal laws.&nbsp;</p><p>Transportation officials collected the stations before a state law took effect in March.&nbsp; The law directed the DOT to find a way to charge drivers for using the stations.&nbsp; But a federal law says states can only collect money from rest areas if it comes from vending machines.&nbsp;</p><p>The stations were in place for 14 months and the DOT says 146 vehicles used them during that time.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:18:08 +0000 Will Michaels 16758 at http://wunc.org NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops Bridging To New Jobs At PTI Airport http://wunc.org/post/bridging-new-jobs-pti-airport <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning Monday, officials with the State Department of Transportation will accept bids for a highway project in Guilford County. This project is two parts road and one part bridge at and around </span>PTI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Airport. The plan is to build a bridge connecting two parcels of land, one which has hundreds of undeveloped acres, the other of which has runways. Officials believe a bridge could not only connect the two but also attract an aerospace company for expansion in the region.</span> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 16370 at http://wunc.org Bridging To New Jobs At PTI Airport