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Ceremony for Dockie Brendle Bridge Wednesday

Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dockie Brendle will have a bridge officially named in honor of him this month. The NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata will be in attendance next week as the department recognizes Brendall’s bridge, located off U.S. 74, exit 64. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Senior Citizens Center, 129 Brendle St., in Bryson City.

NCDOT Encourages Public to Comment on Proposed Strategic Transportation Corridors

The N.C. Department of Transportation invites the public to share their thoughts on a proposed network of multimodal transportation corridors that will form the backbone of the state’s transportation system.

The proposed Strategic Transportation Corridors move most of North Carolina’s people and goods, and connect critical centers of economic activity and international air and sea ports to support interstate commerce. A study launched by NCDOT more than a year ago has mapped out these high-priority corridors, based on three main factors, which include:

Providing essential connections to national transportation networks critical to interstate commerce and national defense;
Allowing significant inter-regional movements of people and goods across the state; and
Supporting economic development and efficiency of transport logistics.

NCDOT is launching a 60-day public comment period on Friday, Oct. 3, during which citizens are urged to review the results of the study and share their feedback. The STC policy and map showing the corridors is available online. Comments may be submitted by emailing Kerry Morrow, Statewide Plan Engineer, at kmorrow@ncdot.gov or by calling the NCDOT customer service line, 1-877-DOT-4YOU, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The comment period will close Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Expect New Traffic Patterns at SCC

Students who’ve not been by Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus this summer are in for a surprise when they return Monday, Aug. 18, for the first day of classes.

The NCDOT project, R-5000 has arrived at Southwestern’s doorstep resulting in some changes students should be aware of when navigating campus. Construction of new concrete box culverts carrying Mill Creek and storm drainage underneath the Balsam parking lot “A1″ has created a giant excavated pit.

All traffic for the Burrell Building will have to use the entrance nearest the bus garage from NC-116. This entrance should also be used for all wanting to park in the remaining 180-plus spaces of the Balsam lot “A1.” All other campus traffic will need to bypass the original entrance (now blocked off) and instead use the temporary entrance in front of the National Guard Armory from NC-116.

Temporary ADA parking for the Balsam Center has been added on the side nearest the Armory. NCDOT has requested the one-way drive running in front of the Balsam Center be closed and only used for emergency use.

 

NC-CDL Registeration Deadline

NCDOT LogoNorth Carolina has about 35,000 commercial driver license holders who have still not certified their driving to the N. C. Division of Motor Vehicles by next week’s deadline. During the past two years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has required all CDL holders to certify to NCDMV whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV. The final deadline for contacting NCDMV with this information is April 10, 2014.  About 312,000 North Carolina drivers hold commercial licenses. To date, more than 277,000 drivers have reported their medical status to NCDMV. Commercial drivers must provide medical information that they are certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle or their North Carolina commercial driving privilege will be downgraded, allowing them to drive a Class C regular motor vehicle only. Commercial drivers with questions about complying with the requirement are urged to call (919) 861-3599.ext

Jackson Wins First Place

The beautiful wildflower beds dotting North Carolina’s highways took center stage this week at the Annual Wildflower Awards ceremony in Raleigh. The awards were given to the Department of Transportation staff who cultivated the best-looking flowers of 2013, as voted on by a panel of judges. They also recognize the efforts of all NCDOT crews who help carry out the Wildflower Program and work to enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways. Jackson County took first place in the Best Regional Wildflower Planing catagory for N.C 107 at Cullowhee. The NCDOT Wildflower Program began in 1985 and is coordinated by the department’s Roadside Environmental Unit, which installs and maintains 1,500 acres of wildflowers along North Carolina’s highways. The program is primarily funded through the sale of personalized license plates.

DMV Plate Agency Second Call

dmv_vehicle_plates_replace_headerThe North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is making a second call for applications for a Canton area license plate agency since a February posting did not yield qualified applicants. The current agency operates under a contract that will expire in July. The policy of the Division is to open applications to operate a license plate agency whenever a contract expires or ends. The current agency, located at 478 Champion Dr., will continue to operate during the application process and its contractor may reapply to operate the business. Routinely, it takes about four months to complete the application process. Plate agency applications are located on the Connect NCDOT website. Interested applicants are invited to download an application online. Visit www.connect.ncdot.gov

NCDOT Announces “Operation Firecracker” Campaign Yields 1,737 DWI Arrests

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that nearly 1,800 DWI arrests were made during “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” over the Independence Day holiday, which was held June 28-July 7. “Law enforcement officials statewide continue to play a pivotal role in keeping those who drink and drive off the roads,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Year round and especially during ‘Booze It & Lose It’ officers are going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our highways safe.” In addition to DWI arrests, there were a total of 56,774 traffic and criminal citations issued statewide. Officers issued 4,194 safety belt and 729 child passenger safety violations, 15,972 speeding violations and 1,665 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 1,379 fugitives from justice and recovered 92 stolen vehicles.

For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” activities, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665, or visit the GHSP website