Roads http://wunc.org en GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax http://wunc.org/post/gps-spying-odometer-fees-ncdot-considers-mileage-tax <p></p><p>North Carolina's Department of Transportation is considering taxing drivers by the mile to help pay for road construction and upgrades. As cars become more efficient, the gas tax is becoming a less effective revenue source.</p><p></p><p>The department's Funding and Appropriations Strategies committee – or FAST – has been meeting with leaders and researchers across the state to hear concerns about population growth and potential solutions for insufficient infrastructure.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:52:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33244 at http://wunc.org GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax Winter Weather Freezes The Triad http://wunc.org/post/winter-weather-freezes-triad <p></p><p>A low-pressure system moving up from the south brought rain and sleet to Central North Carolina, and high pressure air from the North is keeping cold air in the area. The result has been freezing temperatures and icy roads.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of the state west of the Interstate 95 corridor until noon.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan Ellis is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says ice is especially bad in the Triad.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:19:38 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32262 at http://wunc.org Winter Weather Freezes The Triad The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built http://wunc.org/post/dixie-highway-and-how-south-was-built <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:11:14 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31933 at http://wunc.org The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built Black Ice Makes For Slippery Roads, Closes Schools http://wunc.org/post/black-ice-makes-slippery-roads-closes-schools <p></p><p>Temperatures dropped into the teens across the Piedmont overnight, freezing yesterday's rain and snowfall. Now roadways are covered with black ice.</p><p></p><p>Gail Hartfield is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. She says temperatures will be in the 20s all morning and won't warm to freezing or above until lunchtime.</p><p></p><p>“Just encouraging people to take it easy this morning,” Hartfield said. “If you can postpone travel until after noon, that's great and better. You'll see road conditions much improved over what they'll be this morning.”</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:18:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31474 at http://wunc.org Black Ice Makes For Slippery Roads, Closes Schools The Triangle Could Get Caught Up In A Wintry Mix Today http://wunc.org/post/triangle-could-get-caught-wintry-mix-today <p></p><p></p><p><strong>Updated 10:48 a.m.:</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="yes" src="http://mobile.weather.gov/index.php?lat=35.88&amp;lon=-78.78" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p>A cold front is moving into the Triangle and creeping eastward toward the coast. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s later today.</p><p></p><p>Scott Sharpe is a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He said a wintry mix is expected across the region sometime after lunch.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:13:30 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31420 at http://wunc.org The Triangle Could Get Caught Up In A Wintry Mix Today Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go http://wunc.org/post/durham-chapel-hill-light-rail-project-where-those-rails-might-go <p></p><p>The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has given the green-light to begin the first steps of a 17-mile light rail project connecting Durham and Orange Counties.</p><p></p><p>The decision authorizes Triangle Transit to begin development on the project, by studying the potential environmental impact of two proposed rail routes.</p><p>Triangle Transit has put together this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqijCS_B2U8&amp;feature=youtu.be">video "fly-through" of the proposed light rail route:</a></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:55:51 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31252 at http://wunc.org Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go Black Ice Danger Looms After Winter Storm http://wunc.org/post/black-ice-danger-looms-after-winter-storm <p></p><p>The two-day snow and ice storm has finally stopped, but hazardous road conditions remain.</p><p></p><p>Kathleen Carroll is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh. She said temperatures rose into the upper-30s yesterday, causing the snow to start melting.</p><p></p><p>“The problem is that it didn't really dry out a whole lot before the sun set and temperatures started to fall again,” Carroll said. “So what's we've seen over night is a pretty good development of black ice on area roads.”</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:50:15 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30569 at http://wunc.org Black Ice Danger Looms After Winter Storm Ice Storm Could Rival 2002 Storm Outages http://wunc.org/post/ice-storm-could-rival-2002-storm-outages <p></p><p>Forecasters say a serious ice storm is headed our way.</p><p></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Moneypenny says conditions could be similar to those of a 2002 ice storm that caused long power-outages across the state.</p><p></p><p>Ice increases the risk of branches snapping power lines, and of motorists sliding off the road into utility poles.</p><p></p><p>Moneypenney says parts of the Piedmont could receive up to five inches of snow. It will fall on ground that's already frozen, and the air isn't likely to warm up until the weekend.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:45:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30446 at http://wunc.org Ice Storm Could Rival 2002 Storm Outages North Carolinians Are Stocking Up Before The Storm http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinians-are-stocking-storm <p></p><p></p><p>The National Weather Service is calling for an ice storm, not unlike one that crippled the state in 2002. Home and business owners are on the lookout for rock salt, but they're having trouble finding it.</p><p></p><p>Eileen Beatty manages Pope True Value Hardware in Durham. She says winter inventory has gotten slim since the last snowstorm.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“We don't have anything here. All the salt is gone. Kerosene heaters are gone. Electric heaters are gone. I got two snow shovels left... Two saucers and two sleds,” Beatty said. “And that's it.”</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:40:36 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30445 at http://wunc.org North Carolinians Are Stocking Up Before The Storm Which NC Counties Are The Most Dangerous For Car Crashes? http://wunc.org/post/which-nc-counties-are-most-dangerous-car-crashes <p>For the third year in a row, the same four counties have topped <a href="http://carolinas.aaa.com/media/Pages/FOUR-COUNTIES-TOP-AAA-CAROLINAS%E2%80%99-LIST-OF-NORTH-CAROLINA%E2%80%99S-MOST-DANGEROUS-COUNTIES-FOR-THE-THIRD-STRAIGHT-YEAR.aspx">AAA Carolinas’ list of North Carolina’s most dangerous counties for car collisions</a>. Pitt, New Hanover, Person and Watauga Counties were ranked the four most dangerous, all averaging over 250 car crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Pitt County has topped the list for five straight years.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:52:22 +0000 Laura Candler 20422 at http://wunc.org Which NC Counties Are The Most Dangerous For Car Crashes?