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This Week at NCDOT: Public Comments, Safety Grants, REAL ID

This Week at NCDOT: Public Comment Opportunity, GHSP Grant Applications, and REAL ID Enforcement

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.

Public Comment Opportunity for Future Projects

If you have an idea about how to improve transportation in your community, we want to hear from you.

Between Jan. 27 and Feb. 28, North Carolinians will have the opportunity to provide input on what transportation projects you want to see. There will be three-day open houses at each NCDOT division office. You will be able to submit construction project ideas and talk with NCDOT staff.

If you can’t make it to one of our open houses, you can still be a part of the process by contacting your division office or submitting your suggestions online. For more information on when and where to go, plus access to the online input system, go to ncdot.gov.

GHSP Accepting Grant Applications

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is accepting grant applications for local and state projects that advance traffic safety. In previous years, more than 100 grants have been awarded to reduce impaired driving, encourage seat belt use and promote pedestrian safety.

To register, applicants must first call GHSP at 919-814-3650. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31.

REAL ID Enforcement Begins This Year

Beginning in October, REAL IDs will be enforced. A REAL ID is not separate from a driver license but is an enhancement. A REAL ID will not be required to drive or vote. It will be helpful for people who frequently fly on commercial airplanes or those who visit military bases, nuclear sites or other federal facilities.

To find out how to get your REAL ID or schedule an appointment at your local DMV, go to ncdot.gov.

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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