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Transportation
11:56 am
Tue October 29, 2013

I-40/440 Rebuild Officially Underway

Credit Dave DeWitt

Some eastbound lanes on portions of I-440 near the I-40/440 split will now be shut down at night. 

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.

The DOT's Cris Mulder says 100,000 vehicles use this part of the highway every day and safety is the biggest concern.

"This is 30-year old concrete and pavement," Mulder says.

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Transportation
5:40 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Amtrak Corridor Between Raleigh And Charlotte Growing Quickly

Mercedes Alexander prepares to board the "Carolinian" Amtrak train in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The state Department of Transportation says the latest numbers show Amtrak train service between Raleigh and Charlotte is among the fastest growing corridors in the country.

The “Piedmont” and “Carolinian” trains transported about 480,000 riders in the past year.

Amtrak passengers with suitcases, pillows and smart devices started gathering their items as the attendant in the downtown Durham station made this announcement.

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Transportation
9:25 am
Thu September 12, 2013

NC DOT Moving Forward With 540 Extension Plans

The NC DOT is considering 17 possible routes for the 540 extension from Holly Springs to Knightdale.
Credit ncturnpike.org

Commuters south and east of Raleigh can weigh in on the final section of highway 540. 

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Transportation
1:28 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion

The NC DOT is looking into installing ramp meters, like this one in San Francisco, at problem areas on Triangle Interstates to ease rush hour traffic.
Credit David Levinson / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina's Department of Transportation says it might put traffic signals on Interstate entrance ramps to help relieve traffic jams in the Triangle. 

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.  NCDOT engineer Battle Whitley says they could help traffic in areas where it tends to slow down during the morning and evening commutes.

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Politics & Government
12:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route

A car loads onto the M/V Stanford White ferry at the Stumpy Point Ferry Terminal Thursday. DOT workers and contractors successfully tested new ramps at both Stumpy Point and Rodanthe, which serves as an emergency ferry route after major storms cut road access to Hatteras Island.
Credit NC DOT

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.

“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.”

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Transportation
1:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gas Tax Becoming An Unreliable Source Of Revenue

Gas prices in Carrboro from April 2013. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $3.47
Credit Laura Candler

The state Department of Transportation's main source of revenue will drop sharply over the next decade. 

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.  That source of funding accounts for 70 percent of the department's budget.  The DOT's CFO, Mark Foster, says growth in revenue from the gas tax depends on more drivers using more gas.

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Politics & Government
4:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'Bus On Shoulder System' Expands From Durham To Wake County

A bus participates in the Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) program.
Credit NCDOT

After a year of success in Durham County, the state's first Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) 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.

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Politics & Government
10:07 am
Mon July 1, 2013

DOT Combines Vehicle Tag And Tax Bill

Credit NC DOT

Car, truck and motorcycle owners across the state will notice changes to how they pay vehicle property taxes and registration fees, starting this month.  State transportation officials say the two fees will now be billed and paid at the same time

Steve Abbot, who works for the North Carolina DOT, says the new system is in effect today for vehicle owners who go online.

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Environment
10:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops

One of NC DOT's electric vehicle charging stations.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina DOT says it had to remove four electric vehicle charging stations from rest areas due to conflicting state and federal laws. 

Transportation officials collected the stations before a state law took effect in March.  The law directed the DOT to find a way to charge drivers for using the stations.  But a federal law says states can only collect money from rest areas if it comes from vending machines. 

The stations were in place for 14 months and the DOT says 146 vehicles used them during that time. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Bridging To New Jobs At PTI Airport

A plane lands at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Credit redlegs21 via Flickr, Creative Commons

NC Department of Transportation officials are taking bids for a new road and bridge project in Guilford County that leaders hope will bring expansion and jobs to the airport.

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 PTI 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.

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