Shared by IRPO–Connecting Ramp Temporarily Closed in Polk County


Detour established through Columbus

ASHEVILLE – Freezing temperatures last week postponed construction work at the intersection of Interstate 26 and U.S. 74 until today.

For two days, a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing a ramp from I-26 West to U.S. 74 East on Tuesday as part of the interchange improvement.

Traffic on I-26 westbound seeking to go east on U.S. 74 East will be detoured to N.C. 108 through Columbus. To do so, motorists should take Exit 67, enter the roundabout, and take the first right to N.C. 108/West Mills Street. From there, follow N.C. 108 through Columbus to the interchange with U.S. 74.

Through traffic on I-26 in either direction will not be impacted, nor will traffic from U.S. 74 West seeking to head either direction on I-26. Columbus traffic seeking to access I-26 West will not be affected by this closure.

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Shared by IRPO–Safety Dashboards by NC Vision Zero

NC Vision Zero has begun compiling safety dashboards to help the public, elected officials and transportation professionals visualize trends in fatalities and serious injury crashes over time. One of the first things that popped out was the number of fatalities in Rutherford County where the person was not wearing a seatbelt, 58% compared to 38% in McDowell or 39% in Polk. Rutherford County also stands out with more than twice the number of crashes at intersections.

Below are static images for each of Isothermal’s RPO counties. If you click on the image, you will be taken to the website where you can interact with the data, as well as explore when, where and why crashes happen.

McDowell County-2012-2016 data

Polk County-2012-2016 data

Rutherford County-2012-2016 data