• 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:55 pm Middle School Teachers Get Hands-On Experience in STEM Careers
  • 4:54 pm Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council Members Call on North Carolina to Expand Medicaid
  • 3:31 pm Tips about firearm safety from a professional
  • 3:18 pm Charter Day School Kindergarteners Celebrate Learning to Read
  • 3:14 pm Residents express anger, ask questions about White Oak Dike repairs
Litter in Elizabethtown

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.

Railroad Safety

You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate or on an airport runway, so why consider standing on railroad tracks to get that one shot? With prom and graduation season approaching, the department is urging people to not take photos on railroad tracks.

Because of new technology, approaching trains are much quieter than expected, so students should not assume they’ll hear one coming. In addition, railroad tracks are private property and using them for photo backdrops is illegal. Remember, see tracks…think train.

A printable poster with the above safety messaging is available here. For more railroad safety information, visit BeRailSafe.org.

Litter Sweep Signups

The annual statewide litter sweep is taking place from April 13-27.

Volunteers are needed to help remove litter from roadsides, keeping North Carolina both beautiful and safe. Participants will be provided clean-up supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from their local NCDOT County Maintenance Yard offices.

NCDOT spends $18 million a year on litter pick up. The spring and fall litter sweeps, plus Adopt- a-Highway volunteers throughout the year, help supplement their effort, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Learn more and get involved.