January 2022 KTCOG Newsletter

Happy New Year!  The first edition of the 2022 Kerr-Tar COG Newsletter is here!  Click HERE or on the image to read.

Table of Contents:

-Important Information

  • NC Budget for 2021-23 Outlines $16 M for COGS
  • Business Recovery Grant Program

-Area Agency on Aging Updates

  • Aging Specialist Job Opening
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Ombudsman Update
  • Henderson Walk With Ease
  • Vaccination Events

-Planning & Economic Development

  • Regional Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Training Recap
  • Kerr-Tar RPO Meeting
  • Electric Vehicle Driver Spotlight
  • EV Town Talk Radio Program
  • NC Ethics Commission
  • Bike & Ped. Planning Grants
  • East Coast Greenway
  • CERRI 2022
  • Com. Dev. Block Grant

-Workforce Development

  • Success Stories

Applications Open for NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative

To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging people across the state to receive free bicycle helmets as part of its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

The program, founded in 2007 and overseen by the Integrated Mobility Division, has provided thousands of helmets to children, including providing more than 30,000 helmets in the last five years.  While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent.

All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2022. Applicants may request 25, 50, 75, or 100 helmets, and awardees will receive the helmets by April 29, 2022.

As part of the initiative, applicants are encouraged to partner with government and non-government agencies to host bike safety events. Examples of partners include police and fire departments, parks and recreation departments, health departments, community centers, churches and non-governmental organizations.

Sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate make the initiative possible.

Visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative webpage for more information and to download the application.

Resurfacing Projects Awarded for Durham, Vance and Warren Counties

RALEIGH – Thanks to three new contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation, totaling more than $8.1 million, about 54.5 miles of area roadway will be resurfaced.

  • Under a $3.3 million contract, Fred Smith Company of Raleigh will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 16.6 miles of state-maintained roads in northern Durham County and about a quarter mile of two roads in Orange County. Some of the roads to be resurfaced are Glenn Road, Hamlin Road and Dearborn Drive.
  • Under a $2.7 million contract, Carolina Sunrock of Raleigh will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 21.4 miles of state-maintained roads in Vance County. Among the roads to be resurfaced are Tungsten Mine (SR 1348), Jacksontown (SR 1369) and Morgan (SR 1342) Roads.
  • Under a $2.1 million contract, ST Wooten Corporation of Wilson will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 16.5 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Warren County. Roads to be resurfaced as a part of this contract include Slick Williams (SR 1502), Baltimore (SR 1600) and Parktown (SR 1625) Roads.

This work can begin in the spring and must be complete by the end of summer 2023.