NCDOT Now – Karen Collette Retirement, Greensboro Urban Loop Dedication and NC Moves Survey

Updated : Nov 14, 2019 in Articles

NCDOT Now – Karen Collette Retirement, Greensboro Urban Loop Dedication and NC Moves Survey


“Welcome to NCDOT Now, I’m Marty Homan. The Department’s first and only female division
engineer will retire this month. Karen Collette has spent her entire career
with NCDOT. She was appointed as the division engineer
for the greater Wilmington area in 2012.This week, Collette was honored with two awards
at the monthly board meeting, the Karen Collette Trailblazer award, which will now be presented
annually to an employee of the department who exhibits the trailblazing characteristics
of Collette; plus the Road Gang award for going above and beyond during her 30-year
career at the department. “I am just humble and grateful to have worked
with such a great team. They are fantastic people, they’re very
productive and they’re customer service oriented and so that’s all I ever wanted
– to be a public servant that has produced something for the great state of North Carolina
and Division 3 has done an absolutely outstanding job of that.” Division 3 Deputy Engineer Chad Kimes will
take over as the Division 3 Engineer. Another leader in that division, Kevin Bowen,
will leave the area, but stay with NCDOT. He has been named Division 4 Engineer. NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon and Governor Roy
Cooper were in Greensboro this week to dedicate one section of the Greensboro Urban Loop to
the late Doug Galyon and cut the ribbon on a separate section. Galyon served on the state Board of Transportation
for 17 years, nine of them as chairman. He was also on the Greensboro City Council,
Guilford County Board of Commissioners, and was a key advocate for the Urban Loop and
helped to establish the Piedmont Triad’s regional transit program. The 44-mile loop around Greensboro is nearly
complete. The loop is already improving traffic flow
around the Gate City. “The North Carolina Department of Transportation
wants to build a transportation system people want, need and will use.” We want you to be part of that planning process,
and now is the time to speak up. Go to NCDOT dot gov – there, at the top
of the page, you’ll find our short survey. Make sure you share what’s important to
you, because it will help shape the future of transportation in the NC Moves 2050 plan. You have until February 14th to take the survey. “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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