I-85 Welcome Center, Rest Area near Virginia State Line Closed for Renovations

Facilities to reopen in time for July 4 holiday travel

The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed a pair of facilities along Interstate 85 near the Virginia State Line for renovations.  The Welcome Center on I-85 South in Warren County and the rest area on I-85 North in Granville County closed today for renovations that are expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete.  The department plans to reopen the facilities in time to accommodate travelers for the July 4 holiday weekend.  NCDOT operates 58 rest areas along interstate and primary highways throughout the state and nine Welcome Centers.

Warren County Intersection Converts to All-Way Stop

The N.C. Department of Transportation will install new signs tomorrow to require traffic to stop on all four sides of a Warren County intersection.

Crash analytics led NCDOT engineers to pursue a safer configuration at the junction of U.S. 158 and Warren Plains Road just north of Warrenton. Currently, only Warren Plains Road traffic has stop signs at the intersection. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, crews will begin adding stop signs, stop ahead warning signs and pavement markings in both directions of U.S. 158.

These improvements are being made through NCDOT’s SPOT Safety Program, which identifies safety projects that are expected to be the most beneficial and feasible and address departmental goals.

Drivers should slow down, obey workers controlling traffic and proceed through the intersection with caution during its reconfiguration. The work should be complete by 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Converting intersections into all-way stops has been shown to reduce fatalities and injuries by 77%.

People can visit the department’s all-way stop webpage to learn more information, including what to do when encountering one.

Resurfacing Projects Awarded for Vance, Person, and Warren Counties

Thanks to three new contracts awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation, totaling more than $9.6 million, nearly 78 miles of area roadway will be resurfaced.

Carolina Sunrock of Raleigh was the low bidder and has been awarded all three contracts.

  • Under a $3.9 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 26.9 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Vance County.
  • Under a $2.98 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 27 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Person County.
  • Under a $2.77 million contract, crews will mill and resurface pavement and improve shoulders along 23.6 miles of state-maintained roads throughout Vance and Warren counties.

Work can begin as soon as the end of April and must be complete by Nov. 1, 2022.

February 2021 KTRPO Meeting

The February 25, 2021 meeting of the Kerr-Tar Rural Transportation Planning Organization will be held electronically from 3:00pm-5:00pm. The public will not be allowed to physically attend this meeting; however, the public is welcome to view or listen to the meeting via Zoom.  Click here for access information.

Members of the public who would like to make public comments during the Public Comments section of the meeting MUST register by emailing sharmon@kerrtarcog.org before noon on Thursday, February 25, 2021. You must include your name, the phone number you will be calling from, and email address. You will be recognized for comments in the order that you registered. The time limit for each speaker will be five minutes.

Click here to view agenda and other meeting materials.