TAC and TAC Meetings

The RPO will hold a TCC and a TAC meeting on July 8th.

The Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) meeting will start at 10:30 AM and will be live-streamed on the RPO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IsothermalRPONC. See the agenda packet here.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will start at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be live-streamed on the RPO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IsothermalRPONC, See the agenda packet here.

If you would like an invitation to either meeting or have a comment, please email isothermalrpo@regionc.org by 9:00 AM, July 8th, 2020.

Maintain Your Independence: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Statewide ‘Booze It & Lose It’ Campaign Underway

Maintain Your Independence: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Statewide ‘Booze It & Lose It’ Campaign Underway CHERRY POINT – The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program has a new weapon in its arsenal in the war against impaired driving during the Independence Day holiday – window chalk.

“As a show of solidarity during the campaign, which runs today through July 5, drivers are being asked to write the message (hashtag) #KeysFreeNC in window chalk on their vehicles to help encourage fellow North Carolinians to leave the keys behind if they are going to be drinking,” said NCGHSP director Mark Ezzell.

Drunk driving is historically high during the week leading up the Fourth of July, though previous community efforts are making an impact.

Last July 1-7, for instance, North Carolina experienced an 11 percent decrease in fatalities from the year prior.

To help encourage that downward trend, NCGHSP teamed up with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to kick-off the annual statewide ‘Operation Firecracker’ ‘Booze It & Lose It’ enhanced enforcement campaign.

As part of the campaign, teams of MCASCP military, law enforcementfirefighters and first responders used roadside message boards to encourage safe, sober driving. More than 500 law enforcement agencies around the state are also increasing their presence this week and sharing these simple messages throughout their communities and online: This Drive-Through is to Remind You to Drive Sober this 4th of July. Booze It & Lose It. Don’t Drink and Drive. App your ride. Don’t Drink and Drive. Call a friend. Don’t Drink and Drive. Take public transportation. Don’t Drink and Drive. Take a cab. Don’t Drink and Drive. Show your support #KeysFreeNC
This year, amidst COVID-19, it’s unclear if impaired driving over the holiday weekend will plague our roadways.

But what is clear is that leaders statewide are concerned about the implications impaired driving will have on our state, particularly this upcoming holiday.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program released a video following today’s kick-off event.

The video includes messages of support from the NCGHSP’s director, Mark Ezzell, as well as Mikel Huber, Base Commander Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes and his office, Pastor M. Luther Hill, who serves as the Clinton Chapel AME ZION Church and the chaplain of the New Bern Police Department, and First Lady Kristen Cooper.

For those who have a social media platform, show NCGHSP how you are celebrating safely. Mention @NCGHSP on Facebook and tag @NC_GHSP on Twitter and Instagram with #KeysFreeNC and #NCGHSP to show that you are celebrating safely.   Overhead Signs Statewide.png  


Shared by IRPO–U.S. 64/74A Storm Damage Repaired

LAKE LURE – A section of U.S. 64/74A in Rutherford County has been repaired, repaved and reopened after heavy rains damaged the area on May 19. N.C. Department of Transportation crews removed debris from the stream and a culvert at the intersection with Rock Branch Road, about 6.5 miles east of Lake Lure. Crews also cut and removed an undermined portion of asphalt on the highway and added a new stone base before repaving the final surface on Monday.

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


Shared by IRPO–Who isn’t responding to the Census in North Carolina?

Parts of the Isothermal RPO are in the bottom 20% for Census 2020 self-response rate including tracts around Lake Lure, around Marion, and a few in Polk County.

See below for a detailed report by County:

McDowell County 

Polk County 

Rutherford County 

A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed, how congressional seats are apportioned, and how communities plan for their future residents. So, if you haven’t done so, please fill out your Census form online, by phone or send it in by mail. If you did not get a form in the mail, go here:

my2020census.gov and select the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” It is located below the Census ID login field.

Shared by IRPO–Heavy Rains Undermine Highway Outside Lake Lure

Culvert fails on U.S. 64/74A forcing driver detour

LAKE LURE – Heavy rains from spring storms contributed to a culvert collapsing under U.S. 64/74A in Rutherford County on Tuesday. N.C. Department of Transportation officials placed safety barricades at the site about 6.5 miles east of Lake Lure where the road is undermined and impassable. The detour for westbound traffic utilizes Rainbow Rapids Road, Freeman Town Road and Bills Creek Road. The eastbound detour directs traffic in the opposite order of roads starting with Bills Creek about 1.5 miles outside town limits. The detour adds 10-15 minutes to a commute. NCDOT crews will evaluate the damage once water recedes, then develop a construction plan and timeframe for completion. Crews may begin working in the area as early as next week. Motorists are encouraged to plan extra time for the detour into their driver, and to obey all posted signs including detours.

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