Traffic http://wunc.org en Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened http://wunc.org/post/problematic-section-nc-12-will-have-beach-widened <p></p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $20.3 million contract for beach re-nourishment just north of Rodanthe. The contract is going to the same Illinois dredging company that re-nourished the beach in Nags Head just before Hurricane Irene hit the area in 2011, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, of Illinois.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:32:46 +0000 WUNC News 38685 at http://wunc.org Problematic Section Of NC-12 Will Have Beach Widened NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion http://wunc.org/post/ncdot-spending-targets-roadway-congestion <p></p><p>The North Carolina Department of Transportation has ranked 3,100 proposed transportation projects. They're all vying for a chunk of the $15 billion expected to be allocated in the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program.</p><p>NCDOT's Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson said the department prioritized projects that would alleviate serious, ongoing traffic congestion. For that reason, many of the higher ranked projects are in the Triangle and Charlotte areas.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35608 at http://wunc.org NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays http://wunc.org/post/highway-patrol-goes-out-force-holidays <p></p><p>Nearly 2.8 million North Carolinians are expected to travel for Christmas or New Year's vacations.</p><p></p><p>Gas prices and air fares are holding steady, but 48,500 more people plan to travel for the holidays this year than last, according to AAA Carolinas.</p><p></p><p>Spokeswoman Angela Daley says that could be due to the improving economy. She says the weeks that include Christmas and New Year's Day are the most popular travel time, and it's also the longest. Daley says that makes it easier for people to plan trips at their convenience.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:02:35 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27745 at http://wunc.org Highway Patrol Goes Out In Force For The Holidays NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop http://wunc.org/post/ncdot-evaluates-17-routes-complete-i-540-loop <p></p><p>The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering 17 alternative routes to complete construction on the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.</p><p></p><p>Project Manager Eric Midkiff says that's down from hundreds of options the North Carolina Department of Transportation has already considered.</p><p></p><p>In the 1990s, the DOT established a likely location for the roadway.&nbsp;&nbsp; The so-called Orange Route was protected from development in anticipation of the 540 loop.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:48:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27677 at http://wunc.org NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-city-council-suggests-tolls-pay-i-540-expansion <p></p><p>Increasingly congested roadways are worrying officials in Raleigh.</p><p></p><p>The City Council has submitted a "wish list" of road improvement projects to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It includes a proposal to add lanes to I-540 on the north side of the city.</p><p></p><p>The council doesn't expect the state to fund the project, so it suggested paying for the 108 million-dollar expansion by setting up tolls on the roadway.</p><p></p><p>Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin says she knows tolls would not be popular, but she thinks breaking up traffic jams would be.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:43:13 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26733 at http://wunc.org Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion Busy Holiday Travel Underway http://wunc.org/post/busy-holiday-travel-underway <p>Cheaper gas prices and a recovering economy could mean more people hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday this week.</p><p>AAA Carolinas says gas is $.07 cheaper than last year, but almost $.30 less-expensive than it was Labor Day weekend. Spokeswoman Angela Daley says 36,000 more people plan to travel by car for the holiday this year. &nbsp;She says the increase in traffic is most likely a sign of economic recovery.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:39:08 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26479 at http://wunc.org Busy Holiday Travel Underway Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-tells-drivers-slow-down-residential-areas <p></p><p>The city of Raleigh has started a pilot program designed to discourage drivers from speeding in residential areas.&nbsp;</p><p>City staff members are distributing yard signs, posters and advertisements along five roads, where they say drivers are more likely to speed.&nbsp; They include areas of Quail Hollow Drive, Wide River Drive, Oakwood Avenue, Clark Avenue and Ridge Road.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:01:58 +0000 Will Michaels 23735 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Tells Drivers To Slow Down In Residential Areas NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion http://wunc.org/post/nc-dot-considers-ramp-meters-reduce-triangle-congestion <p></p><p><a href="http://www.ncdot.gov/">North Carolina's Department of Transportation</a> says it might put traffic signals on Interstate entrance ramps to help relieve traffic jams in the Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>The lights known as ramp meters allow one car at a time to enter the freeway in order to ease the merging process during rush hours.&nbsp; NCDOT engineer Battle Whitley says they could help traffic in areas where it tends to slow down during the morning and evening commutes.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:28:26 +0000 Will Michaels 22173 at http://wunc.org NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion Heavy Traffic Expected On Labor Day Weekend http://wunc.org/post/heavy-traffic-expected-labor-day-weekend <p>As the summer begins to wind down, lots of folks will be hitting the road and getting in last trips to favorite water recreational areas this Labor Day weekend. Troopers will be joining forces with officers from the state Wildlife Resources Commission to keep roadways and waterways safe.&nbsp; First Sergeant Jeff Gordon from the state Highway Patrol says last Labor Day weekend 18 people lost their lives and more than 400 were injured on North Carolina roads.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:47:02 +0000 Catherine Brand 21557 at http://wunc.org Heavy Traffic Expected On Labor Day Weekend How Does RDU’s Traffic Compare To Other Cities’? http://wunc.org/post/how-does-rdu-s-traffic-compare-other-cities <p></p><p>Drivers in the Triangle spend less time dealing with traffic jams and congestion than most other metropolitan areas of a similar size. Texas Transportation Institute recently released its annual <a href="http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/">Urban Mobility Report</a>. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:52:23 +0000 Catherine Brand 9815 at http://wunc.org How Does RDU’s Traffic Compare To Other Cities’?