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.

Kerr Tar Team Building Event

The staff of Kerr Tar had a Team Building outing to the Granville Haunt Farm.  We recommend this to our other local governments if you can pull some staff together to go.  We have photos of the maze and before and after photos of our staff! Staff tackled the maze by departments and were timed while trying to locate all 6 check points. The winning department was given first attempt at the Cabin Escape challenge. The event was enjoyed by all that could participate.




Annual Awards Banquet Held September 27th, 2018

The Kerr Tar COG Annual Awards Banquet was held September 27th in Oxford, NC.

You may review the Annual Report by clicking here. The News Release with all award winners can be viewed here.

Winners from left to right:  Tim Karan, Granville County Commissioner – Outstanding County Elected Official, Sherry Mercer Town of Bunn – Outstanding Municipal Elected Official, Esther McCrackin City of Henderson – Outstanding Clerk to the Board, Heidi York – Person County – Outstanding Manager Award and Zelodis Jay Granville County Commissioner – Outstanding Kerr Tar Board Member for 2018.

COG Officers for 2018-2019 were installed at the banquet.

Left to right:  Vice Chairman, Sidney Dunston, Franklin County Commissioner

Gary Plummer, Treasurer, Mayor of Middleburg

Jimmy Clayton, Chairman, Person County Commissioner


Thank you for registering for the NC Rural Center’s upcoming Zero Barriers Regional Roundtable. Due to the recent widespread damage across North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence, we have decided to reschedule the Vance County roundtable.

The roundtable originally schedule for September 25 is postponed. The new date is Monday, October 22. We hope you will join us for part or all of the day for the roundtable! Registration is free but required. Register here.

For additional information, please contact John Coggin, Director of Advocacy, at or (919) 250-4314.

Please note: the NC Rural Center is committed to serving rural communities and small businesses in the recovery process post Hurricane Florence.  In conjunction with Thread Capital, we have launched the Hurricane Florence Rapid Recovery Loan program to assist NC businesses affected by the storm.  To learn more,click here.

Broadband Proposal Deadline Extended

September 12, 2018 – UPDATE Deadline Extended for RFP Submission


Q:  Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence, would the Kerr-Tar COG and the Counties considering extending the response deadline?


A:  Yes, the Kerr-Tar COG and the Counties have decided to extend the response deadline for the Franklin, Granville and Vance County Broadband Enhancement RFPs to October 18, 2018 at 5 PM. 

Updated Q&A click here.