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

New Projects in the New Year

It is a new year and some new roads have recently opened. Just before Christmas, North Carolina of Department of Transportation, city and county officials cut a ribbon to welcome traffic onto a new U.S. 64 route and the Zoo Connector along the south side of Asheboro.

The department, ahead of schedule, also opened new sections of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and Greensboro Urban Loop.

NCDOT also announced new technology will be used to improve safety on a section of Interstate 95 that is currently being widened.

For more details, go to ncdot.gov and find the drop down for projects.

Aviation Art Contest

Each year, NCDOT’s Division of Aviation sponsors the North Carolina Aviation Art Contest to engage young people in aviation and aeronautics. The contest offers children ages 6 to 17 and who live or attend school in North Carolina the chance to explore different aspects of aviation.

The contest theme for 2021 is “A Friendlier World with Air Sports.” The entry deadline is Jan. 19.

Bicycle Helmet Initiative

To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, NCDOT is encouraging people to apply to receive free bicycle helmets.

The Bicycle Helmet Initiative uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plates and has given out more than 40,000 helmets since its inception in 2007.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and can be filled out online.

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 NCDOT.gov.

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