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This Week at NCDOT: REAL ID and Conveyor Belt System

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.


This time next year, federal agencies will require a NC REAL ID, U.S. passport or another form of federally approved identification to board commercial airlines and enter federal buildings.

Keep in mind that a REAL ID is optional and not a requirement. There’s no need to change your current traditional driver license or ID card if you have no plans to fly or enter federal buildings. In addition, NC REAL IDs will still be issued after the Oct. 1, 2020 deadline, so there’s plenty of time to join the other 1.3 million people in North Carolina who have gotten their REAL IDs.

Click here to find out if a REAL ID is the best fit for you or see what papers you need to apply for one.

Conveyor Belt System

The department is always looking to improve efficiency when working on transportation projects. One way crews are doing this is with a method people may not expect — a conveyor belt system.

As work on the 39-mile Fayetteville Outer Loop continues, crews are using a conveyor belt to move loads of dirt across interstate 95 to fill in areas at the interchange. The system will divert the equivalent of 109,000 dump trucks of dirt that typically would have been taken by trucks over public roads.

By keeping trucks off the road, the conveyor belt system improves safety for drivers, will help finish the project quicker and lower construction costs.

Take the Train to Fall Events

Are you looking for some fun, fall events? Make new memories by taking NC By Train to the North Carolina State Fair (Oct. 18-27) and the Lexington Barbecue Festival (Oct. 26) this month.

Special stops will drop you off at the events, so get your tickets today!

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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