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Will Tolson Bring Needed Changes at NCDOT?

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RALEIGH — There's a new man at the helm of the NorthCarolina Department of Transportation, but will he be able to bring neededchanges?

Norris Tolson was sworn in as DOT secretary late Wednesday morning.His mission: to clean up a department that has been accused of makingroad decisions based on personal and political gain.

Tolson is moving from his position as Secretary of Commerce to the DOT,where he has his work cut out for him. Wednesday, he officially inheriteda department that has seen more than its fair share of criticism andcontroversy.

Tolson was sworn in just after 11 a.m. and said he will not forget whoreally runs the DOT.

Tolson says his first priority is to find out exactly where theproblems are. He also said he wants input from taxpayers concerning theirexperiences with the department. He says he will spend time with GovernorHunt while laying out his plan for the DOT.

His overall message centered around cooperation between himself, theDOT, and the public it serves.

While there has been no official word on a replacement for Tolson atthe DOT, there has been talk about replacing some members of the DOT boardof directors. Tolson said he had no plans to replace any of the memberswho have already stepped down.

Photographer:Joe Frieda

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