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NCDOT wants public input on transportation’s future

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina. From now until Nov. 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation…

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N.C. 42 in Johnston County will be widened

Work on $58.7 million contract will start soon CLAYTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has approved a $58.7 million contract to widen a 4.6-mile segment of N.C. 42 east of Clayton to alleviate growing congestion. W.C. English Inc. of Lynchburg, Va., can start after Oct. 29 on expanding the two-lane highway into four lanes with…

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One-stop, early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 17

One-stop, early voting for the Nov. 7 general election begins Wednesday, Oct. 17. There are three early voting precincts in Johnston County: The First Baptist Ministry Center, 125 S. Fourth St., Smithfield, The Church at Clayton Crossing, 11407 U.S. Highway 70 West, Clayton and the Johnston Community College Cleveland Campus, 9046 Cleveland Rd., Clayton. Voting…

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NCDOT reschedules Main Street paving to begin Nov. 5

BENSON–The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Monday, Oct. 10 that because of setbacks caused by inclement weather Main Street in Benson paving will now begin on Monday, Nov. 5.Contractors are set to begin Monday, Nov. 5 and work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. They will continue paving on the nights of Nov. 6, 7,…

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Some DMV Fees Waived Following Hurricane Florence

Residents of the 28 federally-declared disaster counties get DMV relief RALEIGH – North Carolinians living in 28 counties heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence will not have to pay certain fees assessed by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles through Dec. 31. On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order waiving fees and penalties for certain driver…

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NCDOT seeks vendors for disaster recovery operations

RALEIGH – As the state recovers from the effects of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the N.C. Department of Transportation is looking for vendors that can clear debris, provide facility support services, furnish necessary supplies and much more. NCDOT is committed to increasing and expanding diversity participation within the state emergency plan and operations. Certified Disadvantaged, Small,…

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Flash flood warning continues for Smithfield

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE NEUSE RIVER AT SMITHFIELD. * AT 1:15 PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 14.2 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 15.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 15.5 FEET BY AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE RIVER…

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NCDOT Division 4 clears roads of fallen trees

Storm caused few road problems in the division WILSON – The remnants of Hurricane Michael left scattered trees down in communities east of Raleigh, but no major road washouts or highway closures. Maintenance workers for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Division 4 spent Thursday night removing trees blocking roads in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne…

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Spending in Johnston County tops $239 million

SMITHFIELD – Visit North Carolina announced that domestic visitors to and within Johnston County spent over $239 million in 2017, an increase of 2.75 percent from 2016’s numbers. These statistics are from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2017,” which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. “We are excited to announce again in 2017 Johnston…

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