This Week at NCDOT: New Section of I-73 Opens and Litter Sweep Yields Big Numbers Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Interstate 73 Celebration
Governor Roy Cooper was joined by Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, Board of Transportation Chair Mike Fox and other leaders on Friday, June 9, to celebrate the opening of a 9.4–mile section of Interstate 73 in the Triad.

“This project today represents collaboration and teamwork,” said Governor Cooper. “This I-73 project, this taxiway bridge, will be a key to good paying jobs for this state.”

By combining two sections of the project into one design-build contract, the roadway was completed two years earlier than originally planned.

The new section runs from the interchange with Joseph M. Bryan Boulevard in Greensboro to south of U.S. 220 near the Haw River. Interstate 73 will eventually run from Michigan to South Carolina.

More information is available on the project website.

Litter Sweep
NCDOT’s annual spring litter sweep was held April 15–29, as volunteers across the state took time to help beautify North Carolina. This year’s spring event removed more than 524,000 pounds of trash – or 262 tons – from nearly 10,000 miles of state-maintained roads.

More than 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups representing schools, local businesses, community and non-profit organizations work with the department each spring and fall to increase cleanup on our roadways and to motivate communities to be good stewards of the environment.

The next litter sweep is scheduled for September 16–30. To find out more, call (800) 331-5864 or visit the Litter Sweep website to get involved.

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