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This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Preparedness and Bike to School Day


RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season begins June 1. Preparation and planning are the keys to keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane.

Some key things to remember:
•    Turn around, don’t drown. Even a truck or SUV can get swept away in one foot of moving water. You don’t know how deep the water is.
•    Never drive around or move barriers. It’s against the law and could cost you your life.
•    Make an evacuation plan now. Choose the route you’ll take and items to pack.
•    If state or local officials order a mandatory evacuation, leave immediately. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to get stuck in traffic or not be able to leave in worsening travel conditions.

Find more helpful tips at

Bike to School Day

On Wednesday, the department reminded students about how to stay safe when riding their bicycles during Bike to School Day celebrations. The annual event provides an opportunity for communities in North Carolina and nationwide to celebrate safe, active transportation while encouraging students to get outside.

More than 140 schools across North Carolina held Bike to School events this week.

The statewide media event took place at the Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet School in Raleigh. Students, teachers, parents, community members and local officials walked and biked to the school, where they celebrated this transportation option and were reminded of safety tips.

150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the first Transcontinental Railroad. The project linked the western and eastern portions of the United States in one of the most significant moments for transportation in America’s history.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on

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