The 2013-14 State Transportation Map has officially arrived and is available free of charge. The map is funded and produced by the N.C. Department of Transportation, but it will now be distributed through the N.C. Department of Commerce and can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800 VISIT NC.
“One of our central goals is to improve efficiency and streamline our operations,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “We are also striving to identify ways we can work together across state agencies to better serve North Carolina. By distributing the map through Visit NC, we can achieve cost savings by eliminating redundancies and better serve our travelers by allowing them to access all travel publications through a central source.”
First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with 2.25 million copies of each edition printed.
The cover of the new map features a montage of North Carolina scenes, including N.C. Veterans Park in Fayetteville; Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi; the fishing pier at Wrightsville Beach; Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open championships; research crops planted in Kinston; and downtown Charlotte.
In 2009, the department transitioned from a one-year map to a two-year map, cutting printing costs in half. Also, starting with the 2011-12 edition, the state map went high-tech and began featuring a QR (Quick Response) code that can be scanned by cell phones and other mobile devices to link directly to NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
Maps are also available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.