Register for Tour de Vance

Registration is now underway for the 7th Annual Tour de Vance bike ride, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019. The ride has been growing steadily since its inception, drawing families and first-timers in addition to the most seasoned of cyclists for four separate cycling events.

This year’s ride will help VGCC’s Endowment Fund to support scholarships for students enrolled in Health Sciences programs at the college. Programs include Associate Degree Nursing, Radiography, Practical Nursing, Histotechnology, Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technology.

Proceeds from this year’s ride will also go to the Vance County United Way. The organization’s goal is to support the work of local public service agencies such as the Addition Recovery Center for Men, Community Partners of Hope, Smart Start, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Life Line Outreach and the Harold Sherman Adult Day Center.

Several different options are available for cyclists. The 9-mile “fun ride” is ideal for youth, families and beginners. A 20-mile course suits riders ready for a bit more distance. Experienced cyclists can choose a 31-mile “Forest and Farmland” circle route through the country or a 62-mile “metric century” that adds to that 31-mile circle route an out-and-back spur to the Kerr Lake area.

The rides will start and finish at VGCC’s Main Campus, located off Interstate 85 and Poplar Creek Road at 200 Community College Road in Henderson.

All riders can register through the Vance-Granville Community College website at Online registration will end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18. On-site registration will be an option at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

The 9-mile ride will cost $10 for each rider. The 20-mile ride will cost $20 for those who register by Sept. 9, increasing to $25 thereafter. The 31-mile and 62-mile (or “metric century”) rides will cost $30 for those who register by Sept. 9, increasing to $40 thereafter.

“Vance-Granville is honored to once again be associated with an event that has become such a success and a symbol of our college’s 50-year history of community involvement,” said Eddie Ferguson, director of the VGCC Endowment Fund. “Joining forces with the United Way means that we can make an even bigger impact, raising funds for good causes while promoting the importance of exercise and good health.”

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 19. The 62-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m., the 31-mile ride at 9:30, the 20-mile ride at 10 a.m., and the 9-mile ride at 10:30 a.m. Law enforcement will accompany riders on the 9-mile route.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Eddie Ferguson at (252) 738-3264 or

Future Investment Resources for Sustainable Transportation [NC FIRST]

Future Investment Resources for Sustainable Transportation

The NC FIRST Commission is tasked with evaluating North Carolina’s current and future transportation investment needs and advising the Secretary of Transportation of new or better ways to ensure that critical financial resources are available in the future.

The NC FIRST Commission would like your feedback as it gets started on work to recommend how to modernize transportation revenues. Share your thoughts by July 31, 2019. Surveys may be completed via the following:


NC Moves 2050

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants your participation in a short survey on the potential impacts to transportation in North Carolina.

The survey is part of an update to NCDOT’s long-range multimodal planning project, called NC Moves 2050. Please assist the Department of Transportation by completing  the following survey:

Participate by June 2, 2019 to help the Department understand what is important to you and your community. Your feedback will help guide North Carolina’s future transportation policies and investments.

Thank you in advance for considering this request. If you have any questions or concerns, please email NCDOT at Sign up to receive information throughout the study and learn more at

Persons who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may, receive interpretive services by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Additional information on NC Moves may be found here:

Public Comment Opportunity for NCDOT Division 5 Projects

DURHAM – Area residents will get a chance to learn more about the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s draft 10-Year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at a week-long open house in Durham next week. The department unveiled its proposed funding and construction plan in January with more than 1,600 transportation projects across the state.

The list includes 18 new projects for Division 5, which covers Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. Projects were selected based on technical data, as well as input from local officials and the public. A list of the projects in the draft plan and additional information is available on the NCDOT website.

The transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first five years are considered committed, while projects in the final five years of the draft 10-year plan will be re-evaluated again as part of the development process for the 2022-2031 plan. That will start later this year.

Each of the department’s 14 highway divisions are hosting a week-long public comment opportunity on the projects in the current draft plan. In Division 5, it will be from Feb. 18-22 at the Division office at 2612 North Duke Street, Durham, during normal business hours.

The sessions will serve as opportunities for interested residents to review maps and handouts about the projects, ask questions of local NCDOT staff, and submit comments.

For interested residents who can’t attend the public comment sessions, there is an opportunity to submit comments online through April 15. The draft plan will be considered for final approval by the Board of Transportation this summer.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to provide input. Anyone requiring special services should contact David Keilson at 919-220-4600, or, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.


A joint TAC.TCC meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Kerr-Tar Office. Please refer to the agenda below for more details*. *Note agenda has been revised.

February 21, 2019 KTRPO TAC.TCC Agenda [Revised]

2018-2019 KTRPO PWP before Consideration by TAC.TCC

Public Comment on KTRPO Division Needs Projects Being Accepted

The KTRPO has proposed the following division needs transportation projects to be considered for inclusion in the 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Aerial maps of the project are available for public viewing below. The points assigned by the KTRPO were done in accordance with the adopted Local Input Methodology. Public comments will be open for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. Comments may be sent to the following: with the phrase ‘KTRPO Division Needs Project Comments‘ in the subject line. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments at P.O. Box 709 Henderson, NC 27536

P5.0 Division Needs Project – Franklin County

H170619 – Upgrade existing intersection at Burnette Rd. to improve traffic flow & enhance safety

P5.0 Division Needs Projects – Granville County

H171085 – Widen US 158 from US 158 loop at Williamsboro St. in Oxford to I-85 to improve congestion & safety

[H150970] Road Diet on NC 96 from Industry Dr. to North of 3rd St to improve safety

[H171078] Construct extension of New Commerce Dr. (SR 1649) to tie into Knotts Grove Rd. (SR 1607) to provide additional access point to the new County Law Enforcement Center

P5.0 Division Needs Projects – Person County 

[H171084] Modernize roadway between SR 1521/Halifax Rd. & SR 1329/Old NC 501 to improve congestion & safety

[H170616] Upgrade & improve intersection at SR 1521/Halifax Rd. to improve traffic flow & safety

[A150871] Strengthen pavement to 90,000 ft. for critical air freight

P5.0 Division Needs Projects – Vance County

[H170689] Upgrade Dabney Dr. from South of S. Beckford Dr. to US 158 Bypass; should include planted medians, sidewalks, and bike lanes

[H171083] Modernize roadway between US 1 Bypass & SR 1267/Dabney Dr. to improve congestion & safety

[H170486] Improve flow of traffic through the intersection with Old Country Home Rd./Belmont Dr.

[H172185] NCDOT ITS to improve management of signals

P5.0 Division Needs Projects – Warren County

[H170493] Add turn lane at intersection US 1 and US 401 in Norlina to improve traffic flow & increase safety

[H170329] Add Northeast (NE) bound left turn lane to reduce congestion

Project Submitted by NCDOT Division 5: H172189 – Div. 5 Non-Municipal Division Wide Signal System

Project Description: Add cameras & fiber to signals in Division 5 which are outside municipal systems & upgrade software & add equipment to enable monitoring of signals. Proposed Project Locations: Wake, Granville, Person, and Franklin Counties.

Project Cost Estimates

Project Cost Estimates

The projects outlined above, were submitted to NCDOT at the Division Needs level. These projects cascaded from the Regional Impact category.