North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Wilmington, N.C., metro area, situated in both New Hanover and Pender counties, experienced significant growth over the past decade, experiencing a 15.5 percent rise in population from 2010 to 2018, ranking 49th in the nation. "They're the fastest growing counties in the state," stated Alex Stewart, resident engineer of Division 3 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Construction on another section of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Fayetteville Outer Loop project began last spring — a $129.7 million design-build contract awarded to the Wilmington, N.C.-based team of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.

With the goal of reducing the usual heavy traffic around North Carolina's capital city, work has begun to extend a substantial portion of the Triangle Expressway on the southside of Raleigh. Known as the Complete 540 project (and, secondarily, as both the Southeast Extension and N.C.

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.