Governor Cooper announces 800 job tire factory headed to Edgecombe County

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Governor Roy Cooper has announced that a Chinese tire manufacturing company will be bringing a large plant to Eastern Carolina.

Triangle Tyre (Triangle) will be bringing the plant to Kingsboro in Edgecombe County and is expected to create 800 jobs as well as invest $580 million in the local economy.

Cooper says that the project is estimated to contribute more than $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.

“Triangle Tyre chose North Carolina for its first-ever manufacturing center outside of China because they know our workers share their commitment to innovation, education and excellence,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m excited to see these 800 skilled manufacturing jobs go to Eastern North Carolina where I grew up and raised my family, a place where people have an unshakeable dedication to getting the job done. We welcome Triangle Tyre to its new home, and we’re ready to get to work.”

Cooper made the announcement today at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. >>READ MORE

Ribbon-Cutting Event Commemorates the Wilmington Bypass Nearing Completion

WILMINGTON—Friday morning marked a major milestone for the City of Wilmington and surrounding areas as local legislators and state transportation officials gathered to cut a ceremonial ribbon for the Interstate-140/Wilmington Bypass.

The project is in its final phase of construction, with the N.C. Department of Transportation hoping to open the last section of the highway by the end of the month. The nearly eight-mile stretch of highway connects to the section that is already open in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, capping off a $411-million project.

“One of the things we’re working on at the Department is getting projects completed faster,” said Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Tim Little. “The opening of this stretch of highway will mark the completion of the entire 20-mile bypass and the culmination of years of hard work by hundreds of people.”

In addition to the chief engineer, also taking part in the ceremony were N.C. State Senator Bill Rabon, N.C. State Representative Frank Iler and NCDOT Division Engineer Karen Collette.

The bypass includes 19 new bridges, two of which are more than a mile long.

“For the first time, you’ll be able to go around Wilmington instead of having to go straight through downtown,” Little said.  “Traffic congestion on the causeway will also be improved.”

Although the bypass will soon be open to traffic, drivers will still see lane closures through the spring of 2018 as final touches on the highway are made. Once completed, residents, visitors and area businesses are all expected to benefit from the greater mobility provided by the bypass.

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25 Most Deadly Highways in the US

January is the most dangerous month to be traveling on Interstate 4 in Florida, which runs between Tampa and Daytona Beach. The most likely day of the month for there to be a deadly accident on that span is the 10th. Sunday is the worst day of the week for the 132 miles between Tampa and Daytona Beach. And the worst hour to be on I-4 is from 2 to 3 a.m. >>READ MORE