After years of planning, environmental studies and even lawsuits, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is relieved to see the start of a widening project on Interstate 26 between Hendersonville and Asheville. "The project has been on the books 15 years, and people have been begging for it even longer," said NCDOT Communications Officer David Uchiyama.
When Hurricane Dorian struck North Carolina's Cape Hatteras region (Dare and Hyde counties) on the evening of Sept. 6 as a Category 1 storm, it caused considerable damage to coastal towns, homes and businesses, along with vital highway and road infrastructure.
There are three ongoing contracts for work to complete the North Carolina Department of Transportation's 39-mi. Interstate 295 project — locally known as the Fayetteville Outer Loop — an initiative that has the state investing approximately $1 billion for its entire job to improve traffic flow in the Fayetteville metropolitan area and Fort Bragg.
Fierce ocean storms, hurricanes and nor'easters have regularly pounded the rail-thin Outer Banks of North Carolina. Cape Hatteras is famous for being the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," a spot on the East Coast notorious for the hundreds of sunken ships sent to the bottom of the ocean floor — some from as far back as the 1500s.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's ongoing effort to construct the future Interstate 295, also known as the Fayetteville Outer Loop, has partially opened to traffic. But a total of four other sections remain either under construction, design or development.
Cranes and bulldozers rule different realms: one, the air and the other, land. It's not every day they collaborate on setting a bridge, but they did just that for a temporary cantilever bridge in Aurora, N.C., earlier this year. The 125-ft. span is needed to maintain traffic flow on Route 33 over Campbell Creek while the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) replaces the permanent bridge.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received national honors for its innovative use of drones during the state's coordinated response to Hurricane Florence.
NCDOT was awarded the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Xcellence Award in the humanitarian category at the AUVSI's annual Xponential Conference, which was held in Chicago April 29 to May 2.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) called out heavy equipment to clean up a rockslide that occurred along Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line in Haywood County. Westbound lanes were closed at the highway U.S. 276 exit and eastbound lanes were closed at the Harmon Den exit.
A North Carolina construction company has been awarded a project to make improvements to Interstate 40 in Sampson County.
S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson will improve drainage, rehab pavement and replace the guardrail for more than 20 mi. of I-40 between the Johnston County line at mile marker 340, and the Duplin County line at mile marker 360.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded the first of three contracts for the Complete 540 project in southeastern Wake County.
The NCDOT awarded the $403 million contract to Lane Blythe Construction Joint Venture of Charlotte Nov.
State department of transportation workers, national guardsmen and a host of other federal, state and local personnel fanned out across North Carolina and South Carolina this week to assess and start fixing the damage left behind by Hurricane Florence.