2 Presenter Nancy Lipscomb Director of Employee Relations & Local Government Services
3 Project Summary Major road rebuilding will be conducted by the NC Department of Transportation on a heavily traveled portion of Interstate 40/440 through Wake County coming into downtown Raleigh. Projected Timeline: January 2015 - December 2016
4 We need your help. To help reduce congestion, the goal is to get 30,000 cars off the road during heavy commute times: Monday - Friday Morning: 6:00am – 8:30amMorning: 6:00am – 8:30am Evening: 4:00pm – 6:30pmEvening: 4:00pm – 6:30pm We need your help.
5 Why Fortify? 30 year-old pavement is cracking & crumbling because of a chemical reaction happening underneath the road, triggered by a substance used in paving several decades ago Crews must rebuild an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440
6 It is essentially every road that has an exit on I-40, and any road that feeds into those roads during commuter times. Also roads that have exits on I-440 such as Wade Avenue as we expect a lot of traffic that normally travel along I-40 in the work zone will instead go around it on I-440. Where Rebuilding Will Occur
7 Impacted Areas Areas of traffic congestion or potential congestion will not be confined to the where road rebuilding will occur. Impacted areas will also include: Roads with an exit onto I-40 and roads that feed into those roads during commuter times Roads that have exits onto I-440 such as Wade Avenue The expectation is that commuters will attempt to go around the 1-40 work zone by accessing I440 (i.e., the “inner belt line.)
8 Keep three lanes open in both directions for most of the project – during the entire I-40 rebuild. Keep three lanes open in both directions for most of the project – during the entire I-40 rebuild. One and a half years of reduced lanes on one of the busiest interstates in NC. One and a half years of reduced lanes on one of the busiest interstates in NC. to NCDOT to help ease pain. Phase II.
9 How State Employees Can Help As a major employer in the area, state government agencies will be impacted by the road rebuilding. We can do our part by considering the following: Alternative work schedules Teleworking Be mindful of meeting and event start and stop times Using webinars or teleconferences for virtual meetings Encourage the use of public transportation and ride sharing Over 25,000 state employees work in Wake County and live in Wake or Johnston County
10 Alternative Work Schedules Examples: For an office-based employee who typically works 8 hours per day Monday through Friday, consider: Non-traditional start and end times, such as: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm (w/30 minute lunch break) 10:00 am - 6:30 pm (w/30 minute lunch break) Start and end times individualized by day: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (w/30 minute lunch break) and 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (w/30 minute lunch break) Schedule longer work days with shorter work weeks Four 10-hour days (not including lunch break) and having three days off Four 9-hour days and one 4 hour day (not including lunch break)
11 Working Remotely from Home (Telework) Working from home occasionally may be an option for some workers within some agencies, however: Employees exempt from overtime pay may work from home one or more days per week. Employees eligible for overtime pay usually do not work from home. Consider how work productivity will be measured. Consider the home work environment; is it conducive to working at home?
14 Know before you go. www.fortifyNC.com Live traffic cams Maps & drive times Updated information Transit options Commuter apps @fortifyNC
15 z z Need some help…. www.GoTriangle.org for transportation options www.GoTriangle.org call 919 485-RIDE (7433) for live one on one assistance For free employer transit consultation services contact: Kim Johnson 919 485-7477 firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Web Resources Go to: http://www.oshr.nc.gov/Support/Worklife/fortify.htm http://www.oshr.nc.gov/Support/Worklife/fortify.htm
17 Suggested Next Steps Review existing A/U policy and practice Review information on OSHR website Develop a plan of communication and action to reduce A/U traffic flow into downtown Raleigh during peak commute hours