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US 70 Bypass Given OK By Federal Highway Administration PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 16 December 2016 16:14
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has issued its approval for a new bypass on the southwest side of Havelock and U.S. 70. The Record of Decision is the last environmental hurdle for the project. The N.C. Department of Transportation can now award a contract for design and construction.
 
“This decision is welcome and wonderful news for the residents and visitors of eastern North Carolina,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “The Havelock Bypass will significantly improve traffic and freight movement along the U.S. 70 Corridor – a major connection from the Morehead City Port to Raleigh.”
 
The document identifies the Havelock Bypass as the recommended design option for construction. The highway will run from north of the Havelock city limit and extend south to approximately 10 miles north of the Craven-Carteret county line.
 
This design alternative was presented at an open house held by transportation officials at the Havelock Tourist Center in August 2015. Two months later, the Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
 
“Connectivity is vital to this region’s future,” said Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. “The faster we can move people and freight from commercial and industrial centers such as the Global TransPark in Kinston to sea ports and airports, the better we will meet the needs of eastern North Carolina’s growing population.”
 
The route selected for the Havelock Bypass minimizes impacts on the Croatan National Forest and the City of Havelock, safeguarding both the human and natural environment while improving operations on the U.S. 70 corridor and facilitating greater connectivity in eastern North Carolina.
 
The 10.3-mile U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass will be a four-lane divided freeway with a 46-foot median and design speeds of 70 mph. Construction on the $221 million bypass is slated to begin in winter 2017 and end in 2021.
 
This federal approval brings the state one step closer to fulfilling Governor McCrory’s 25-year Vision for Transportation by improving the state’s infrastructure to better connect people to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 16:20
 
Federal Approval Clears Way For NC 12 Bridge PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 16 December 2016 15:08
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued final approval to move forward with construction of a new permanent bridge for N.C. 12 in northern Rodanthe on Thursday. The Record of Decision is the last environmental document for the project, allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to award a contract for design and construction.
 
"I’m pleased that we are now able to move forward with construction of this critical highway connection that will provide a long-term solution for the residents and visitors of the Outer Banks," Governor Pat McCrory said. "This new bridge will eliminate travel disruptions caused by beach erosion and storm breaches that have resulted in access issues at one of the most vulnerable sections of N.C. 12 for years."
 
The Record of Decision document identifies the Bridge on New Location (2014B alignment) as the alternative NCDOT will build. The new 2.4-mile-long bridge, known as a “jug handle,” will extend from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. This alternative was presented as the preferred alternative in the May 2016 Revised Environmental Assessment and at public hearings in June. Responses to public and resource agency comments received at and following the public hearings are included in the Record of Decision.
 
This design minimizes impacts to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the ocean shoreline and the community of Rodanthe, while maintaining safe and reliable access for area residents and visitors.
 
“Along with the long-anticipated Bonner Bridge Replacement project, this marks the second major milestone for these communities under Governor McCrory’s leadership this year,” State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. "Greater access to jobs, health care, education and recreation for North Carolinians is a key part of the governor's 25-Year Vision for Transportation."
 
The project will be built using the design-build method, which allows the department to contract a team that consists of both designers and a contractor to design and construct the project. Projects can be let sooner and completed faster using this approach. Based on the severity of conditions in the area, the agency has been working through the design-build selection process and has narrowed down the prospective design-build teams for the project. NCDOT anticipates opening bids in about a week.
 
Traffic will be maintained on N.C. 12, which is a vital link for this region, while the new bridge is being built. Once construction is complete, the existing roadway in the refuge would be removed the land will be returned to the refuge. In Rodanthe, the existing N.C. 12 roadway will remain to provide access to private properties.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 15:12
 
Congress Approves $300 Million For Hurricane Matthew Recovery PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:27
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on Congress including Hurricane Matthew assistance in its Continuing Resolution.
 
“This federal assistance will be a huge step in helping North Carolina recover from the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew,” said Governor McCrory. “While this is only the beginning of the recovery process, it is important that we have resources like this available to help heal the hundreds of families and businesses that were impacted. I appreciate the leadership of Senator Tillis and Congressman Price in recognizing the need we have in North Carolina and moving quickly to help get these funds approved.”
 
Congress allocated more than $300 million to North Carolina for initial immediate needs to assist the recovery effort.
 
The Hurricane Matthew recovery assistance for North Carolina includes funding for:
 
Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG - DR), which will support community needs including housing, infrastructure and jobs. This funding will be critical for long-term recovery efforts in eastern North Carolina.
USDA Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), which will assist with repairing farm roads, restoring fencing, conservation practices and debris removal.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Highway Funding, which will help restore damaged roads, clear debris, and reopen critical roadways that were damaged.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which will repair damage on Army Corp properties in North Carolina caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:29
 
Federal Court Orders New 2017 Elections For State Legislative Districts PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:08
Just when you thought the election season was over, a federal court has ordered North Carolina to redraw House and Senate districts, and to hold special primary and general elections in fall of 2017.
 
The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Middle District Court sets a deadline of March 15, 2017, for the state to redraw 28 districts ruled unconstitutional. The ruling also means those elected to the state House and Senate a few weeks ago in districts where boundaries now will be altered would serve just one year, not two as expected.
 
The lawsuit challenging the districts contended they were racially gerrymandered. 
 
Republican lawmakers said they will appeal the decision.
 
Under the court order, the primary must be held in late August or early September with a November general election. 
 
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:25
 
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