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Welcome to a special edition of NC Transportation
Now. I’m Crystal Feldman. This week’s edition will focus on the effects
of Hurricane Matthew and ongoing recovery efforts. While blue skies return to much of North Carolina,
unsafe conditions remain on many primary and secondary roads, and sections of the interstate
remain closed. Governor Pat McCrory and Secretary Tennyson
want to remind driver’s to be safe while out on the road. “We’re going to do everything we can to help
the people that are being impacted by this.” Hurricane Matthew brought high winds and more
than a foot of rain to many areas in North Carolina. Even though the storm has passed, we are still
feeling its effects, especially our transportation infrastructure. Flooding closed hundreds of roads across central
and eastern North Carolina. While some have already reopened, many remain
closed. After flood waters recede, NCDOT crews must
assess the integrity of the roads and bridges to make sure they are safe for driver’s. Roads and bridges could be damaged by floodwaters
and debris and require repair. “We still have many that are closed, however
some good news regarding I-95, we have just opened a 15-mile stretch of I-95 in Harnett
and Cumberland counties that have been closed since Sunday when water from the Black River
covered that highway.” Governor Pat McCrory and the N.C. Department
of Transportation encourage citizens to be vigilant and take caution while out on the
road because drivers can still face hazards that are not always obvious. Drivers often encounter closed roads due to
downed power lines, fallen trees and flooded or washed out roads. If you encounter a flooded or barricaded road,
turn around, don’t drown! “Please follow that detour do not try to find
your own shortcut because the shortcuts go right into more water.” Drivers should be aware that you cannot depend
on GPS for updated road closure and detour information. “Do not drive through standing water. Do not drive around barriers. They are in place for your protection. If you need roadway conditions, please do
not call 9-1-1 or hit star HP. For updated information on road closures,
you can simply visit reading.org or call 5-1-1.” Sadly, there have been numerous fatalities
caused by motorists driving into flooded areas. Transportation crews have been out assessing
the storm damage and clearing debris. Equipment and staff from all over the state
are headed to the hardest-hit areas to assist with clearing debris and making repairs. Areas that are unsafe for travel will be blocked
off. Do not drive around road barriers; high water
can mask roads that have been washed out or require repair. Due to the extent of damage caused by Hurricane
Matthew, we are looking at a long road to recovery. Some repairs have already been completed,
while others could take several weeks or longer. Please do your part to help keep our roadways
and emergency responders safe by making smart decisions. As the Governor said, tragedy can bring out
the best in North Carolina. That’s all for this week’s edition of NC Transportation
Now. As always, stay connected with us through
Facebook and Twitter – that’s @NCDOT. And from everyone here at the North Carolina
Department of Transportation, safe travels.

One thought on “NC Transportation Now – October 14, 2016

  1. who ever designed this suggested road needs to go back to college, all those u-turns are super dangerous. Do they know the amount of cars that cross over Potter road and Waxsaw Indian Trail rd a day? They think 500 cars or more a day are going to make right hand turns to do a u-turn- ridiculous.

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