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7:28 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Police In NC Could Start Tracking License Plates On State Highways

The North Carolina Department of Transportation could give law enforcement agencies photos of license plates on state highways under a new proposal tentatively approved by the state Senate.
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The North Carolina Senate has tentatively approved a bill that would allow police to use photo cameras on state roads to track license plates.

The idea is that the cameras would take pictures of license plates, and police could use them to, for example, find a fugitive. Sen. Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford) says that could have helped Guilford County investigators on a recent case.

"Had this technology been available, at a right of way, it would've been possible to track down the individual who had committed the crime," Robinson says.

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract for beach re-nourishment just north of Rodanthe. The contract is going to the same Illinois dredging company that re-nourished the beach in Nags Head just before Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, of Illinois.

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Politics & Government
8:44 am
Fri May 16, 2014

NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion

The state Strategic Transportation Investments law allows NCDOT to allocate revenue for projects based on data-driven scoring and local input.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has ranked 3,100 proposed transportation projects. They're all vying for a chunk of the $15 billion expected to be allocated in the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program.

NCDOT's Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson said the department prioritized projects that would alleviate serious, ongoing traffic congestion. For that reason, many of the higher ranked projects are in the Triangle and Charlotte areas.

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Travel
8:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays

One third of North Carolina's population is expected to travel for the holidays this year. AAA Carolinas says tomorrow marks the start of the holiday travel period.
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Nearly 2.8 million North Carolinians are expected to travel for Christmas or New Year's vacations.

Gas prices and air fares are holding steady, but 48,500 more people plan to travel for the holidays this year than last, according to AAA Carolinas.

Spokeswoman Angela Daley says that could be due to the improving economy. She says the weeks that include Christmas and New Year's Day are the most popular travel time, and it's also the longest. Daley says that makes it easier for people to plan trips at their convenience.

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Environment
8:48 am
Thu December 19, 2013

NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop

NCDOT is collecting data along 17 proposed routes to complete the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering 17 alternative routes to complete construction on the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.

Project Manager Eric Midkiff says that's down from hundreds of options the North Carolina Department of Transportation has already considered.

In the 1990s, the DOT established a likely location for the roadway.   The so-called Orange Route was protected from development in anticipation of the 540 loop.

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Traffic
7:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane worries growing traffic congestion on roadways in the Triangle will hurt the area's economic growth.
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Increasingly congested roadways are worrying officials in Raleigh.

The City Council has submitted a "wish list" of road improvement projects to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It includes a proposal to add lanes to I-540 on the north side of the city.

The council doesn't expect the state to fund the project, so it suggested paying for the 108 million-dollar expansion by setting up tolls on the roadway.

Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin says she knows tolls would not be popular, but she thinks breaking up traffic jams would be.

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Business & Economy
9:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Busy Holiday Travel Underway

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Cheaper gas prices and a recovering economy could mean more people hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday this week.

AAA Carolinas says gas is $.07 cheaper than last year, but almost $.30 less-expensive than it was Labor Day weekend. Spokeswoman Angela Daley says 36,000 more people plan to travel by car for the holiday this year.  She says the increase in traffic is most likely a sign of economic recovery.

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Politics & Government
11:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas

One of ten posters Raleigh has distributed to residential areas where the city says drivers are speeding.
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The city of Raleigh has started a pilot program designed to discourage drivers from speeding in residential areas. 

City staff members are distributing yard signs, posters and advertisements along five roads, where they say drivers are more likely to speed.  They include areas of Quail Hollow Drive, Wide River Drive, Oakwood Avenue, Clark Avenue and Ridge Road.

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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.
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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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Business & Economy
4:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Heavy Traffic Expected On Labor Day Weekend

The Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to be safe this weekend.
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As the summer begins to wind down, lots of folks will be hitting the road and getting in last trips to favorite water recreational areas this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be joining forces with officers from the state Wildlife Resources Commission to keep roadways and waterways safe.  First Sergeant Jeff Gordon from the state Highway Patrol says last Labor Day weekend 18 people lost their lives and more than 400 were injured on North Carolina roads.

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