Shared by IRPO–Deer Driving Safety

 

As daylight hours are getting shorter and deer are becoming more active, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert and pay extra attention.

Last year in North Carolina, there were more than 18,000 animal-related crashes, most of which involved deer. Over the past three years, more than 54,000 animal-related collisions have killed 14 people, injured over 3,000 and caused nearly $141 million in property damage. The highest number, 882, of these types of crashes occurred in Wake County and Guilford County which had 617, but they are reported in every county across the state.

To stay safe, remember to:
•    Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon or early evening;
•    Don’t swerve to avoid a collision. This could cause you to lose control or veer into oncoming traffic; and
•    Deer often travel in groups, so assume if one crosses the road in front of you there may be others following.

Shared by IRPO–Watch for Me NC Provides Tips for Halloween Safety

Children go trick-or-treating on Halloween

As the days grow shorter and trick-or-treaters are out, motorists need to be on alert for pedestrians.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween.

More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night.

The Watch for Me NC program offers these tips to help make Halloween safer and more enjoyable:

For Parents
Before children begin trick-or-treating, parents should:

  • Plan and discuss a safe route for children to follow and establish a time to return home. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route.
  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Make sure children carry flashlights, glow sticks or wear reflective tape on their costumes to make them more visible to motorists.
  • Let children know they should stay together as a group if trick-or-treat without an adult.
  • Review all appropriate safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.

For Trick-Or-Treaters
To have a safe trick-or-treating adventure, be sure to:

  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods along the established route and stop only at familiar houses, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions.
  • Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well-lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.

For Motorists
Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween and should:

  • Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where people walk.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roads, medians, and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

The Watch for Me NC program is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of safety laws. It consists of pedestrian, bicycle and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by area police to enforce relevant laws. To learn more about the program, visit watchformenc.org.

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Shared by IRPO–Five Bridges Set to be Replaced

NCDOT awards contract for Burke, McDowell, Rutherford counties

ASHEVILLE – A selection of bridges on secondary roads in Burke, McDowell and Rutherford counties will be replaced in the next two years.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.5 million contract to Apple Tuck & Associates of Rutherfordton to design and replace three bridges in Rutherford County, one in Burke County and one in McDowell County.

  • On Dentons Chapel Road over Double Branch in Burke County
  • On Old Linville Road over North Fork Catawba River in McDowell County
  • On Maple Creek Road over Mountain Creek in Rutherford County
  • On McKinney Mill Road over West Fork of Sandy Run Creek in Rutherford County
  • On Pleasant Hill Church Road over Maple Creek in Rutherford County

Design work on these bridges may begin on Oct. 29, with construction beginning in the summer of 2019. Temporary detours will be established prior to construction.  The contract calls for all work to be completed by December of 2020.

This is one of 14 road and bridge projects awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation for October across the state. The contracts went to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $507.7 million, which is $12 million under engineer estimates.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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Shared by IRPO–NCDOT Wants Public Input on the Future of Transportation in N.C.

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public to help influence the future of transportation in North Carolina.

From now until Nov. 30, residents can participate in an online survey and leave comments on an interactive map about the future transportation challenges across North Carolina and what should be the future focus of transportation in their regions.

Examples include:

  • Safety
  • Better connections to key destinations
  • Better connections to jobs
  • Better transit
  • Better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations

Links to both the survey and interactive map are available at www.ncdot.gov/ncmoves.

NCDOT will use the feedback to help shape the vision and goals for its next long-range transportation plan, called NC Moves 2050.

NC Moves 2050 is NCDOT’s 30-year transportation blueprint focused on creating a more responsive, diverse and inclusive transportation system to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently across the state.

The survey is the first of several opportunities for public involvement over the course of the two-year comprehensive study to develop the transportation plan.

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Shared by IRPO–Emissions Inspections to End in 26 N.C. Counties

RALEIGH – The Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 24 approved a reduction in North Carolina counties required to perform yearly vehicle emissions tests.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2018—26 additional counties will no longer be required to conduct emissions tests.

Those counties include:

  • Brunswick
  • Burke
  • Caldwell
  • Carteret
  • Catawba
  • Chatham
  • Cleveland

  • Craven
  • Edgecombe
  • Granville
  • Harnett
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Lenoir
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • Orange
  • Pitt
  • Robeson
  • Rutherford

  • Stanly
  • Stokes
  • Surry
  • Wayne
  • Wilkes
  • Wilson
Polk and McDowell counties were already exempt from the emissions requirement.

The approval was a result of the passage of Senate Bill 131 (Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017) by the General Assembly during the 2017 long session.  Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, has certified the Implementation Plan to the EPA making Dec. 1 as the date the reduction becomes effective.  Details of the plan can be found on the website of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

All counties will still require the safety inspection. Fifty-two counties already do not require annual vehicle emissions tests.  After Dec. 1, emissions inspections will still be required in 22 counties. Those include Alamance, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Onslow, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Union and Wake counties.

A list of counties required to perform yearly emissions inspections, as well as information on emissions and safety inspections, is available on the NCDMV website.