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NCDOT Now – Reopening N.C. 12, Roundabouts and Mobi Award


“Welcome to NCDOT Now, I’m Carly Olexik. This week, we’re helping you safely navigate
through a roundabout. We’re also giving an update on the work
to reopen N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island. Join us…” AFTER CATASTROPHIC ROADWAY DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE
DORIAN ON OCRACOKE ISLAND, NCDOT HAS AWARDED AN EMERGENCY CONTRACT THAT AIMS TO HAVE N.C.
12 REOPENED BEFORE THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND. THE WORK WILL INVOLVE SANDBAG INSTALLATION,
RECONSTRUCTION OF THE DUNE LINE PROTECTING THE ROAD AND REBUILDING ABOUT 1,000 FEET OF
ROADWAY. THE TIMELINE FOR REOPENING COULD CHANGE DUE
TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, BUT THE CONTRACT IS WORKING TOWARDS NOV. 22 FOR REOPENING THE
ROAD. “Drivers are seeing more roundabouts these
days. They can be intimidating at first, but roundabouts
are designed to be safer and more efficient compared to traditional intersections. You can safely navigate a roundabout by following
a few simple rules.” WHEN APPROACHING A ROUNDABOUT, SLOW DOWN AND
LOOK LEFT AS YOU COME UPON THE YIELD SIGN. REMEMBER TO YIELD TO TRAFFIC ALREADY IN THE
ROUNDABOUT. ONCE YOU SEE A GAP IN TRAFFIC, ENTER THE CIRCLE
AND PROCEED TO YOUR EXIT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO YIELD IF THERE ARE NO
VEHICLES IN THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE. ONCE YOU’RE MOVING IN THE ROUNDABOUT, STAY
IN THE SAME LANE, OBEY ALL SIGNS, LOOK FOR PEDESTRIANS OR BICYCLISTS AND USE YOUR TURN
SIGNAL BEFORE EXITING. IN ADDITION, BICYCLISTS SHOULD NAVIGATE THE
ROUNDABOUT LIKE VEHICLES DO. DRIVERS SHOULDN’T PASS A BICYCLE IN A ROUNDABOUT
FOR SAFETY REASONS AND MUST YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS USING A CROSSWALK AT THE ROUNDABOUT. AS MORE ROUNDABOUTS ARE BUILT, KNOWING HOW
TO USE THEM WILL HELP KEEP NORTH CAROLINA MOVING. NCDOT RECENTLY WAS HONORED NATIONALLY FOR
AN INITIATIVE STARTED LAST YEAR TO PROMOTE INVESTMENTS IN MULTIMODAL PROJECTS. THE NCDOT MOBI AWARDS RECEIVED AN IMPACT AWARD
FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS. “That’s all for this week’s edition
of NCDOT Now. From all of us here at the North Carolina
Department of Transportation, safe travels.”

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