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Politics & Government
8:44 am
Fri May 16, 2014

NCDOT Spending Targets Roadway Congestion

The state Strategic Transportation Investments law allows NCDOT to allocate revenue for projects based on data-driven scoring and local input.
Credit NCDOT

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.

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.

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Business & Economy
8:52 am
Fri April 4, 2014

GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax

NCDOT is looking for alternative revenue sources to cover road repairs and upgrades needed to accommodate a rapidly-growing population.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.

NC State researchers suggested a revenue model using annual odometer checks or GPS technology to tax motorists.

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Environment
8:19 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Winter Weather Freezes The Triad

Ice has built up on trees and roads in North Carolina, and it's especially heavy in the Triad.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

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.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of the state west of the Interstate 95 corridor until noon.

Ryan Ellis is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says ice is especially bad in the Triad.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built

Dixie Highway Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900 to 1930
Credit uncpress.unc.edu / UNC Press

Professor and author Tammy Ingram talks about her new book, 'Dixie Highway: Road Building and The Making of the Modern South 1900-1930

    

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. 

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Black Ice
8:18 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Black Ice Makes For Slippery Roads, Closes Schools

The National Weather Service is warning of black ice on roadways this morning.
Credit Danielle Scott http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielle_scott/ / Flickr Creative Commons

Temperatures dropped into the teens across the Piedmont overnight, freezing yesterday's rain and snowfall. Now roadways are covered with black ice.

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.

“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.”

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Environment
8:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Triangle Could Get Caught Up In A Wintry Mix Today

The National Weather Service says the Triangle should expect a wintry mix today.
Credit David Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Dec 2009. / Wikipedia Creative Commons

Updated 10:48 a.m.:

A cold front is moving into the Triangle and creeping eastward toward the coast. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s later today.

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.

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Business & Economy
8:55 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go

Federal regulators have given the Triangle Transit Authority the green light to begin developing a light rail line between Chapel Hill and East Durham.
Credit Triangle Transit Authority

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.

The decision authorizes Triangle Transit to begin development on the project, by studying the potential environmental impact of two proposed rail routes.

Triangle Transit has put together this video "fly-through" of the proposed light rail route:

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Black Ice
8:50 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Black Ice Danger Looms After Winter Storm

After a two day storm, black ice is still making for treacherous roadways.
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The two-day snow and ice storm has finally stopped, but hazardous road conditions remain.

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.

“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.”

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Ice Storm
8:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Ice Storm Could Rival 2002 Storm Outages

Meteorologists say coming icy conditions could be similar to the ice storm that hit North Carolina in 2002.
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Forecasters say a serious ice storm is headed our way.

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.

Ice increases the risk of branches snapping power lines, and of motorists sliding off the road into utility poles.

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.

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Weather supplies
8:40 am
Wed February 12, 2014

North Carolinians Are Stocking Up Before The Storm

North Carolinians are stocking up on supplies as they prepare for a storm that will bring heavy snow and ice.
Credit Photo by mtsofan / John / found on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

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.

Eileen Beatty manages Pope True Value Hardware in Durham. She says winter inventory has gotten slim since the last snowstorm.

“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.”

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