North Carolina Department of Transportation

Wilmington, N.C.,'s Hampstead bypass has been delayed once again. The North Carolina Board of Transportation voted unanimously Oct. 8 to delay work on the long-awaited bypass along with scores of other projects throughout the state. The Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has postponed the projects in hopes of balancing its funds, which took a significant hit when COVID-19 kept North Carolinians off the roads early this year.

North Carolina state officials approved the issuing of $700 million in bonds Oct. 6 to support road construction and repairs. The 10-member Council of State unanimously passed a resolution that initiates the Build NC bonds sale, part of a $3 billion transportation package approved by the General Assembly in 2018.

Drones are the N.C. Department of Transportation's newest tool in maintaining the safety of the state's bridges and other infrastructure. The Federal Aviation Administration on Oct. 2 approved a waiver that allows NCDOT to operate unmanned aircraft systems beyond visual line of sight while conducting bridge inspections.

North Carolina's transportation needs exceed its resources, members of the NC FIRST Commission said Sept. 21. Ward Nye, co-chairperson of the commission, explained that the state's funding model could continue to cause project delays for the next 30 years.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the city of Lexington, N.C., a $24.9 million grant for the construction of a train and bus station in the town's Depot District, members of the state's congressional delegation announced.

Although not an interstate highway, U.S. Highway 70 in eastern North Carolina is steadily being transformed into one. The highway is already one of the state's most critical transportation arteries. Most of the route across the length of the state is made up of four lanes, while some sections have been converted to freeways.

A slew of high-profile road projects in the Asheville, N.C., area, including the I-26 Connector, are facing delays, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). A revised schedule of projects from across the state was released by the agency in early September.

UMA Geotechnical Construction constructed all of the eight required permanent soil nail walls along a roughly 2-mi. stretch of the Greensboro Western Loop (Interstate 73) project but they were all dwarfed by the Wall 4. To be exact, the total project required 76,000 sq.

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.

In a collaborative community effort, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) will create public access to the future Middle Fork Greenway as part of the bridge replacement project on Aho Road in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Diamond Surface Inc. , via a $13,389,000 contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is rehabilitating and repairing 6.796 mi. of I-73/U.S. 421 in Guilford County between I-85 and 1-40 in Greensboro, N.C. Bridge joints on top of the decks of 17 bridges also are being repaired.