On May 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm, the NC Office of State Budget and Management is hosting a free, virtual event on the topic of Local Governments and 2020 Census Data: What to Expect, How to Prepare. We know how vital Census data is to our tribal and local governments. And we also know the 2020 Census ushered in numerous policy changes and unexpected challenges. Now that the first Census 2020 data has been released, we want to help local leaders in North Carolina understand what to expect from the coming data releases and what recourse is available to them if they have concerns about their local data.
The event features 3 speakers from the Census Bureau, addressing these issues and more. Feel free to share this information with your network and encourage them to register. To register for the event, click HERE.
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.
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.
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.
The March 2021 issue of the KTCOG Newsletter is here! Click the image above to read!