Resurfacing Projects Awarded for Wake & Person Counties

October 4, 2021

Thanks to three new contracts awarded by the NC Department of Transportation, totaling nearly $8.2 million, about 30 miles of area roadway will be resurfaced.  

  • Under a $1.83 million contract, Fred Smith Company of Raleigh will mill and resurface pavement on the 1.7 mile stretch of Wade Avenue between Interstate 40 and I-440.  The four ramps at the Edwards Mill Road interchange will also be resurfaced.  Work can start in March and must be completed by next November.
  • Under a $2.44 million contract, Fred Smith Company will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 8.5 miles of state-maintained roads throughout central Wake County.  Major roads to be resurfaced as a part of this contract include Wilmington Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Rush Street, and New Hope Road between Poole and Rock Quarry roads.  This work can begin in March and must be complete by the end of June 2023.
  • Under a $3.9 million contract, Carolina Sunrock of Raleigh will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 20.3 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Person County.  Some of the roads to be resurfaced include NC 158/Leasburg Road and Satterfield, High Plains and Bowmantown roads.  This work can also begin in March and must be complete by the end of June 2023.

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

Housing Assistance Loan Program

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $200,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2021 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program to assist residents in the counties of Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. The Urgent Repair program finances emergency home repairs for homeowners who are elderly or have special needs and whose incomes are below 50% of the median for the area.   Only repairs that address imminent threats to the life and/or safety of occupants of the dwelling unit or accessibility modifications will be performed under the program.   A total of 20 households are projected to be assisted.

In the Urgent Repair Program, one or two critical problems may be repaired, but the entire house is not addressed. Examples of work typically done under this program include roof or HVAC system repair, well or septic system repairs, adding accessibility features like ramps, bathroom grab bars and wider doors.

The COG will provide assistance, to those whose homes are selected for repairs, in the form of a loan. Homeowners will receive an unsecured deferred, interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $2,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero.   The maximum amount of the loan available is $10,000.

Applications are available starting September 1, 2021 and must be returned to the COG office by 5:00 pm on November 5, 2021.  Clients to be assisted will be selected by January 1, 2022.

The application and program information are available on the Kerr-Tar Regional COG website at www.kerrtarcog.org or by calling 252-436-2040.

For information regarding Urgent Repair Policies and applications, see the links below.

The funds provided by the NCHFA for the Urgent Repair Program come from the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.

2021 URP Flyer

2021 URP Policies

2021 URP Application

2021 URP Fillable Application

North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments Seeking Executive Director

The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) is a statewide association that represents the interests of all 16 Regional Councils of Governments (COGs). NCARCOG is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the NCARCOG and is responsible for administering and directing the association’s regular operations.

Applicants must have a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Rural Planning, Political Science or Business Administration. Desired qualifications include a certificate in municipal or county administration from the North Carolina School of Government and a minimum of 10 years experience as a lead administrator in local, regional, or state government.

Further information regarding the position description may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ucpcog . A letter of interest and resume detailing the applicant’s education and professional experiences should be submitted by September 28th to Robert Hiett, NCARCOG Executive Search Chairman, at rhiett@ucpcog.org .  The position will remain open until filled.