Saturday Service Hours Temporarily Suspended at 16 Driver License Offices

Changes in operations in response to COVID-19 Delta variant

ROCKY MOUNT – Starting Sept. 4, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will temporarily suspend its Saturday services at the 16 driver license offices where services were available, to better protect customers and staff from the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Temporarily suspending Saturday hours will reduce potential COVID exposures, as examiners who work on Saturdays typically travel from several offices to work together in one office.

Saturday service hours from 8 a.m.-noon will be suspended at the following driver license offices:

Asheville, 1624 Patton Ave.
Charlotte, 9711 David Taylor Dr.
Charlotte, 201-H W. Arrowood Rd.
Durham, 3825 S. Roxboro St., Suite 119
Fayetteville, 831 Elm St.
Greensboro, 2527 E. Market St.
Greensboro, 2391 Coliseum Blvd.
Greenville, 4651 North Creek Dr.
Hendersonville, 125 Baystone Dr.
Hudson, 309 Pine Mountain Rd.
Huntersville, 12101 Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd.
Jacksonville, 299 Wilmington Hwy.
Monroe, 3122 U.S. Hwy. 74 W.
Raleigh, 2431 Spring Forest Rd., Suite 101
Wilmington, 2390 Carolina Beach Rd., Suite 104
Winston-Salem, 2001 Silas Creek Pkwy.  

Saturday extended hours will be suspended until NCDMV determines it is safer to resume Saturday service. Saturday hours are for walk-in customers only.  

Saturday hours were originally suspended in March 2020 due to the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Saturday services resumed in May 2021.  

Tips if heading to a NCDMV office Anyone considering a visit to the NCDMV should check to determine if they can complete their business online.  

NCDMV already offers online access for many services, including driver license renewals, ordering duplicate licenses and ID cards, driving record requests, driver license office appointments, registration renewals, vehicle property tax payments, duplicate registration cards, ordering personalized and specialty plates, payment of insurance lapse fines, and applying for voter registration.  

NCDMV encourages online appointment scheduling for weekday visits to driver license offices. However, walk-in customers are welcome. People can make an online appointment 90 days in advance.    

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Volunteers Needed for Statewide Litter Sweep

Annual Fall Litter Sweep will run from Sept. 11-25 

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep from Sept. 11-25.

Each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, nonprofits, churches, municipalities, law enforcement and community groups play an important role in keeping North Carolina’s roads clean.

Joining this effort is easier than ever before as volunteers can now sign up by way of a convenient online form.

“Since this year began, NCDOT and our partner organizations have picked up more than eight and a half million pounds of litter,” said State Roadside Engineer David Harris. “We need everyone’s help to keep that momentum. The Litter Sweep is a great opportunity to get outdoors with family and friends and work alongside NCDOT to ensure North Carolina remains a beautiful place to live and work.”

Volunteers can request clean-up supplies such as trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local NCDOT county maintenance offices. 

All volunteers are encouraged to follow proper COVID-19 safety guidance. This includes wearing face masks and gloves at all times and keeping 6 feet apart from other volunteers. Anyone who has been recently diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from participating. 

For more information, visit the Litter Sweep web page or call 919-707-2970.

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I-26 Section Closures Coming Seven of Next Nine Nights

Integrated Corridor Management system to run between U.S. 25 Business, Long Shoals

FLETCHER – The Integrated Corridor Management System will be utilized to facilitate Interstate 26 traffic on seven of the next nine nights. 

N.C. Department of Transportation contractors widening the interstate will close one direction of travel between U.S. 25 Business (Exit 44) and Long Shoals Road (Exit 37) for multiple operations including the removal of the old Fanning Bridge Road over I-26 in the coming week.

The ICM system, operated by engineers in the Mountain Traffic Management Center, provides longer green lights for drivers along the detour routes which will utilize Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25 Business) and Long Shoals Road (N.C. 146). The detour adds about nine minutes to drive times compared to travel on the interstate based on previous utilization of the ICM.

The closures will begin no earlier than 8 p.m. each night and may be adjusted due to heavy traffic volumes. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. the next morning. 

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change based on weather conditions:
•    Tuesday, Aug. 10: I-26 West closed from exit 44 to exit 37
•    Wednesday, Aug. 11: I-26 West closed from exit 44 to exit 37
•    Thursday, Aug. 12: I-26 East closed from exit 37 to exit 44
•    Sunday, Aug. 15: I-26 East closed from exit 37 to exit 44
•    Monday, Aug. 16: I-26 East closed from exit 37 to exit 44
•    Tuesday, Aug. 17: I-26 West closed from exit 44 to exit 37
•    Wednesday, Aug. 18: I-26 West closed from exit 44 to exit 37

Crews working on the project in Henderson County will remove old Fanning Bridge Road by cutting the deck into sections and removing them with large cranes. Crews working on the project in Buncombe County south of Long Shoals Road will pour new concrete, remove earth material, pave new asphalt and prepare to switch eastbound traffic near Glen Bridge Road. 

Transportation officials advise drivers to follow the detour, obey all posted traffic signs and remain alert in work zones.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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2021-22 State Transportation Map Now Available

RALEIGH – The 2021-22 North Carolina State Transportation Map is now available to the public free of charge.

The map is funded and produced by the N.C. Department of Transportation. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

The cover of the new map features some of North Carolina’s most scenic views, including the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, the Greensboro skyline and Sunset Beach.

The new map can be ordered online at VisitNC.com/StateMap or by calling 1-800-847-4862 (VISIT NC). Maps are also available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.

First published in 1916 and updated biennially, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with 1 million copies having been printed this year.

North Carolina has one of the largest highway systems in the nation and the new map details the 107,643 miles of public roads that span the state. That includes more than 81,000 miles of state-maintained roads.

A full-size PDF of the map is also available online.

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RPO Seeks Qualified Consultant for Safe Routes to Schools & Trails study

The Foothills RPO is seeking letters of interest from qualified consultants to perform a study on connecting local schools to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail.

The Thermal Belt Rail Trail is a 13.5-mile rail trail that connects Forest City, Spindale, Rutherfordton, Ruth, and Gilkey.  The trail has become a recreational, transportation, and tourism asset to the region. As is the case with successful long-distance trails across the United States, there is a desire and the need to provide safe, connected access to and from the trail from the local community and community destinations such as schools. There are six schools that are within ½ mile of the trail (easy walking distance) and a total of nine schools that are within 3 miles of the trail (easy biking distance). 

It is the desire of the Foothills RPO and the jurisdictions along the trail to provide safe routes to schools from the Thermal Belt Rail Trail. A Safe Routes to Schools and Trails (Thermal Belt Rail Trail) study is proposed to provide safe active transportation accommodations to students, teachers, and neighborhood residents. This study will determine both infrastructure recommendations and program recommendations that provide physical access and encouragement programs to get more kids walking and/or biking to school.

Click here to view the full RFLOI (Request for Letter of Interest).