Latest North Carolina Department of Transportation News

North Carolina highway reopens after sand, water cleared

Sep. 25, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A highway linking barrier islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks has reopened after water churned up by a tropical storm flooded the road and piled sand as high as 6 feet (2 meters) over the pavement. N.C. 12 reopened to traffic at noon Thursday after it was closed near...

Engineers are using lasers to test new Outer Banks bridge

Sep. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — Engineers are shooting trillions of laser beams at a new bridge on North Carolina's Outer Banks to make sure it will withstand the harsh elements of the Atlantic coast. The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the tests are being done on the $252 million Marc Basnight Bridge. It...

Grant to help North Carolina buy rail for high-speed service

Sep. 21, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will use a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase a rail line needed to advance planned high-speed passenger train service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia. The money, announced on Friday by four North Carolina members of Congress, will let the state...

Officials: North Carolina bridge worker was crushed by crane

Aug. 26, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — An employee who died while working on a bridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks was crushed by a crane, officials said. Emergency responders found the man pinned by a crane just before 1 p.m. Monday, The Virginian-Pilot quoted Dare County Sheriff’s Office Major Jeff...

NCDOT: Worker on Outer Banks bridge suffered fatal injury

Aug. 25, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — A person has died while working on a new bridge on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the fatal injury occurred on Monday. The bridge is going up over the Pamlico Sound in Rodanthe. Tim Hass, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation,...

DOT: Top executive's departure unrelated to treasurer's call

Jul. 30, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top executive's departure from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has nothing to do with state Treasurer Dale Folwell's call earlier this month to replace him, a DOT spokesperson said Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Bobby Lewis' last day on the job will be Friday,...