Public Comment Period on Isothermal Rural Planning Organization’s Draft Transportation Project Prioritization Process

This methodology will be used by IRPO to give local input to the NC Department of Transportation on which transportation projects are the highest priority in our area. The Prioritization process covers all modes of transportation. The methodology will apply to proposed projects in the counties of McDowell, Polk and Rutherford. It is available here:

A 30-day public comment period has been established running from January 25, 2018 through February 24, 2018. Written comments may be submitted by mail or electronically, to Karyl Fuller, P.O. Box 841, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or

Esta información está disponible en español o cualquier otra lengua a petición. Por favor contacto Karyl Fuller en 828-351-2331.


Shared by IRPO–NCDOT Launches Annual Customer Survey

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has launched the department’s third annual customer survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gauge how the department is performing in its effort to provide great customer service. Randomly selected citizens will receive a paper copy in the mail in the coming week, but citizens can also participate online. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and the link is mobile-friendly. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused.

The N.C. General Assembly requires the survey and the results will be used as the basis for measuring our performance in the area of customer service across the department.

Survey responses must be received by March 31. The results will be available to the public on later in the summer.


Shared by IRPO: NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2018 Watch for Me NC Program

NCDOT Seeking New Partners for 2018 Watch for Me NC Program

RALEIGH – North Carolina communities interested in participating in the 2018 Watch for Me NC program may now submit applications to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The nationally-recognized program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. The 2018 campaign is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

“Watch for Me NC provides hands-on training to law enforcement while also educating the public as both must be engaged in the process to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety,” said Ed Johnson, Watch for Me NC program manager. “Our goal is to reduce severe crashes and injuries in our communities through law enforcement training, public education, material and technical support.”

Communities selected to participate will receive free law enforcement training, technical assistance and safety tools provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

Some materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers, brochures, posters and banners with pedestrian and bicycle safety messages. Communities may also be eligible to receive advertising such as billboards, transit ads, and public service announcements. Applicants must demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police, plus the capacity to participate fully in the program.

Interested communities are encouraged to register for NCDOT’s webinar on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m., where more information about the program requirements and application process will be provided. Applications are due March 23 and can be downloaded on the Watch for Me NC website.


Shared by IRPO–Bridge Temporarily Closed on Old Linville Road

Detour established in McDowell County

ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed a two-lane bridge on Old Linville Road in McDowell County for precautionary reasons. Recent inspections discovered deterioration beyond acceptable levels.

Engineers based in Asheville are developing plans to either repair or replace the 46-year-old bridge over the North Fork Catawba River just south of North Cove.

NCDOT has marked a detour for use by large vehicles and those with trailers. Motorists travelling north may take American Thread Road to U.S. 221 North and drive seven miles to the north end of Old Linville Road and head south. Local traffic may use other routes but truck and low-trailer combinations would likely not clear a railroad crossing at Pitt Station Road.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down in work zones and obey all posted traffic signs. For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.


Shared by IRPO–Upcoming Meeting for Marion Road Improvements

Widening Proposed on U.S. 221 Business

ASHEVILLE – N.C. Department of Transportation invites the public to a public meeting on Jan. 23, regarding the proposed widening of U.S. 221 Business between U.S. 221/N.C. 226 and Georgia Avenue in Marion.

The proposed work involves improving U.S. 221 to provide three lanes with curb and gutter, which will increase safety and improve traffic flow along the corridor.

The drop-in meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Marion Community Building, 191 N. Main St. NCDOT officials and representatives from the consulting company will be available to answer questions and receive comments.

All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops.

Maps showing the location and design of the proposed project will be displayed at the meeting and are available at meetings.

To submit comments or request information, contact NCDOT Consultant Project Manager Greg Purvis of Wetherill Engineering, 1223 Jones Franklin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606 (919) 851-8077 or, or contact Division 13 Project Development Engineer Cole Hood at 55 Orange St., Asheville NC 28801, at (828) 251-6171 or  All comments will need to be received by Feb. 6.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate. Anyone requiring special services should contact Diane Wilson at or (919) 707-6073 as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

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