Shared by IRPO–Call for Applications – NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative

 N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications from communities for the 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans.

Smaller communities with populations of less than 10,000 can also apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.  Further, communities of less than 5,000 population may now apply for a project acceleration plan – an abbreviated plan primarily focusing on priority project identification and implementation.  Also eligible are counties with population of less than 50,000 who may apply for a bicycle or pedestrian plan.

The deadline for application, to be submitted electronically, is Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.  Award recipients will be notified by February 2019.

This program is sponsored by the department’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch.  Since 2004, approximately $5.5 million has been awarded through this program to 190 municipalities and 3 counties across the state.

Proposals are divided and judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. The selected awardees commonly incorporate a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns.

Plans funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. The plans may address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and bicycling.

A short webinar is anticipated within the coming weeks to describe the grant program and to respond to any questions from potential applicants.

For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Bryan Lopez at (919) 707-2606 or

Shared by IRPO–U.S. 74 West Ramp Closure in Polk County

COLUMBUS – Construction for an N.C. Department of Transportation interchange project just west of Columbus in Polk County has closed the exit ramp from westbound U.S. 74 to N.C. 108 East (exit 161). It is expected to reopen by Aug. 24.

A detour sign on U.S. 74 West directs drivers who planned to use exit 161 to instead get off at exit 163, and take westbound N.C. 108 through Columbus.

Two message boards with the detour message are two miles in advance of exit 163, and there is a message board reminder one mile in advance of the exit.

Drivers need to follow detour signs and anticipate possibly needing extra travel time when going through the area.

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Shared by IRPO–I-26 West Closure Overnight Next Week in Polk County

COLUMBUS – N.C. Department of Transportation project work will require the closure of Interstate 26 West for two nights next week at mile marker 67 near Columbus in Polk County. The closures are needed so crews can safely put a bridge girder in place over the highway.

The two-night closure begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 23. The interstate will reopen by 6 a.m. the next morning. The same closure time will be in place on Tuesday night, July 24, through the next morning.

Motorists will detour off I-26 West at exit 67 (U.S. 74 East/N.C. 108), travel through the roundabout and get right back on the interstate.

Drivers need to slow down approaching the closure and pay extra attention when on the short detour route.

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