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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2775 on: July 15, 2019, 08:30:15 AM »

I am not sure if this is the same as the Roanoke Sound entry but what about US 64 over the Alligator River?

Roanoke Sound is between Roanoke Island and Nags Head, so not the same.

But yes, 64 over the Alligator is a shade under 3 miles.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2776 on: July 15, 2019, 10:22:11 AM »

NCDOT is holding a public meeting on July 22 in Wilmington to discuss extending Independence Boulevard from Randall Parkway to US-74.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-07-15-independence-boulevard-extension-public-meeting.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2777 on: July 15, 2019, 06:00:51 PM »


Good explanation for the construction but, that didn't add a lane, plus I-26 is not a major commerce route like I-95.

NCDOT's AADT data show 46,000 vehicles on that section of I-26, 17% being trucks. At the Roanoke River on I-95 it's 49,000 and 21% trucks. Comparing volumes, the busiest stretch of I-26 sees 22,000 more vehicles per day than the busiest section of I-95. I-26 isn't a rural mountain drive.

Links please, plus, is that busiest stretch of 26 with or at the 40 junction?

NCDOT 2017 Freeway AADT Volumes
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South of I-40
Exit 31 to Exit 33: 84,000
Exit 33 to Exit 37: 85,000
Exit 37 to Exit 40: 82,000
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2778 on: July 17, 2019, 07:28:19 AM »

A two-part article series on upcoming projects in the Rocky Mount area, which includes a timetable for building the I-95/Sunset Avenue interchange, as well as plans to rebuild the I-95/NC-4 interchange in Gold Rock.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/16/Sunset-interchange-set-for-2023-completion.html

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/17/Major-road-projects-slated-for-area.html
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2779 on: July 18, 2019, 03:33:39 PM »

A two-part article series on upcoming projects in the Rocky Mount area, which includes a timetable for building the I-95/Sunset Avenue interchange, as well as plans to rebuild the I-95/NC-4 interchange in Gold Rock.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/16/Sunset-interchange-set-for-2023-completion.html

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/17/Major-road-projects-slated-for-area.html

As someone who used to use the Gold Rock interchange daily - I welcome this.  Now if they can also improve it by getting rid of some of the decrepit motels some closed others still open - that's even better!
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2780 on: July 18, 2019, 06:25:25 PM »

A two-part article series on upcoming projects in the Rocky Mount area, which includes a timetable for building the I-95/Sunset Avenue interchange, as well as plans to rebuild the I-95/NC-4 interchange in Gold Rock.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/16/Sunset-interchange-set-for-2023-completion.html

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/07/17/Major-road-projects-slated-for-area.html

As someone who used to use the Gold Rock interchange daily - I welcome this.  Now if they can also improve it by getting rid of some of the decrepit motels some closed others still open - that's even better!

I remember me and my family stopping there to eat at Shoney’s back in January 2002 during a trip to Orange, VA. It seemed like a decent area back then. It’s sad how far that place has fallen. The Nash County sheriff has been trying to clean up the area, but Rocky Mount hasn’t been all that cooperative. The city government there is a dumpster fire now. I’ll leave it at that.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2781 on: July 19, 2019, 07:35:15 AM »

An update on the Truckstop Road bridge replacement over I-95 in Kenly.

http://www.johnstoniannews.com/stories/new-bridge-halfway-complete,183300
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2782 on: July 19, 2019, 05:53:26 PM »

The US-401 bridge over Little River northeast of Rolesville has reopened.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/us-401-louisburg-rd-bridge-reopens.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2783 on: July 19, 2019, 07:42:25 PM »

In looking up some items for the Yonahlossee Overlook for my Blue Ridge Parkway ride along at gn .org, I came across two great stories that give some great background on the Yonahlossee Road, the precursor to US 221, and how it was really one of the first tourist roads into the High Country.  Also learned of the Black Bear Trail a proposed touring route during the "Auto Trail" era from Canada to Florida.

https://wncmagazine.com/feature/little_parkway

https://www.averyjournal.com/avery/yonahlossee-road-black-bear-trail-crest-of-the-blue-ridge/article_d92de80f-a708-5d46-8af4-16cb66ff70d6.html
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2784 on: July 20, 2019, 09:34:29 AM »

Cost to settle landowners lawsuits could cost NCDOT more than $1 billion The News & Observer

"Three years ago, the state Supreme Court ruled that a 30-year-old law that let the Department of Transportation reserve land for future roads without actually buying it amounted to an unconstitutional taking of private property. [...] As of Friday, the state has reached settlements in about 360 Map Act cases, totaling $290 million."

Additionally...

"In more than a decade leading up to 2016, NCDOT averaged about $65 million a year in weather-related expenses, due to hurricanes, flash floods, rock slides and snow and ice. In the last three years, that number has ballooned to $225 million a year."

So, expect more projects to be delayed....
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2785 on: July 20, 2019, 09:42:41 AM »

Cost to settle landowners lawsuits could cost NCDOT more than $1 billion The News & Observer

"Three years ago, the state Supreme Court ruled that a 30-year-old law that let the Department of Transportation reserve land for future roads without actually buying it amounted to an unconstitutional taking of private property. [...] As of Friday, the state has reached settlements in about 360 Map Act cases, totaling $290 million."

Additionally...

"In more than a decade leading up to 2016, NCDOT averaged about $65 million a year in weather-related expenses, due to hurricanes, flash floods, rock slides and snow and ice. In the last three years, that number has ballooned to $225 million a year."

So, expect more projects to be delayed....
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2786 on: July 21, 2019, 12:29:31 PM »

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has been posted along the small 2-mile section of the US-17 Pollocksville Bypass that opened in March 2019.

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has also been posted along the US-17 Maysville Bypass that opened in July 2018.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2787 on: July 22, 2019, 11:45:14 AM »

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has been posted along the small 2-mile section of the US-17 Pollocksville Bypass that opened in March 2019.

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has also been posted along the US-17 Maysville Bypass that opened in July 2018.

Until that other carriageway on the Maysville Bypass opens (which looks to be soon), I'm just gonna enjoy the fact that NC has at least one Super-2 left  :-D
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2788 on: July 22, 2019, 12:24:44 PM »

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has been posted along the small 2-mile section of the US-17 Pollocksville Bypass that opened in March 2019.

Google Street View imagery from May 2019 has also been posted along the US-17 Maysville Bypass that opened in July 2018.

Until that other carriageway on the Maysville Bypass opens (which looks to be soon), I'm just gonna enjoy the fact that NC has at least one Super-2 left  :-D

US 601 Bypass of Dobson might be a super-2.

US 64 from west of Taylorsville to nearly I-40 has a super-2 feel but does have a fair number of at-grades.  Not sure it has any driveways, however...
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2789 on: July 22, 2019, 12:30:59 PM »

US 601 Bypass of Dobson might be a super-2.
It has that interchange, but it also has driveway connections and at-grade intersections.

US 64 from west of Taylorsville to nearly I-40 has a super-2 feel but does have a fair number of at-grades.  Not sure it has any driveways, however...
Depends on your definition of a super-two. It could work.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2790 on: July 23, 2019, 06:15:20 AM »


US 64 from west of Taylorsville to nearly I-40 has a super-2 feel but does have a fair number of at-grades.  Not sure it has any driveways, however...
Depends on your definition of a super-two. It could work.

I find that Super-2 on 64 very interesting. It is obvious that they initially planned on 4 lanes by the looks of the grading and bridge construction. I wonder when the second carriageway idea was scrapped?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2791 on: July 23, 2019, 11:00:15 AM »


US 64 from west of Taylorsville to nearly I-40 has a super-2 feel but does have a fair number of at-grades.  Not sure it has any driveways, however...
Depends on your definition of a super-two. It could work.

I find that Super-2 on 64 very interesting. It is obvious that they initially planned on 4 lanes by the looks of the grading and bridge construction. I wonder when the second carriageway idea was scrapped?

That was a thing with NC (and judging by that Maysville Bypass upthread a bit, still is). NCDOT for the most part designed overpasses and such to have room for an extra carriageway just in case such is warranted in the future. I remember when the US 1 Henderson Bypass was still 2 lanes. The bridges over it was designed with 4 lanes in mind (though US 1 right at NC 39 was 4 lanes when I first saw it).

The second carriageway for that US 64 segment might have not been scrapped at all... NC just feels there isn't a need to dualize it yet.

The Henderson Bypass was built in the early 1950's but wasn't dualized until the 1990's.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2792 on: July 23, 2019, 12:01:40 PM »


US 64 from west of Taylorsville to nearly I-40 has a super-2 feel but does have a fair number of at-grades.  Not sure it has any driveways, however...
Depends on your definition of a super-two. It could work.

I find that Super-2 on 64 very interesting. It is obvious that they initially planned on 4 lanes by the looks of the grading and bridge construction. I wonder when the second carriageway idea was scrapped?

That was a thing with NC (and judging by that Maysville Bypass upthread a bit, still is). NCDOT for the most part designed overpasses and such to have room for an extra carriageway just in case such is warranted in the future. I remember when the US 1 Henderson Bypass was still 2 lanes. The bridges over it was designed with 4 lanes in mind (though US 1 right at NC 39 was 4 lanes when I first saw it).

The second carriageway for that US 64 segment might have not been scrapped at all... NC just feels there isn't a need to dualize it yet.

The Henderson Bypass was built in the early 1950's but wasn't dualized until the 1990's.
Well, the Maysville Bypass is going to be 4-lanes at the end of the year or early next year once the entire corridor is 4-laned and the Pollocksville Bypass opens. It's only 2-lanes now because they determined they could use one carriageway early to at least route the two-lane traffic around Maysville, and they did. It was never intended for 2-lanes now, 4-lanes later. It was just simply 4-lanes at start, but open two-lanes during construction to help flow traffic better immediately.

Regarding the other super-two bypasses that indeed were intended for later dualization, a few more examples are parts of US-1 south of Raleigh, US-421 southeast of Greensboro, and US-17 around Edenton. Built in the 60s and 70s and dualized in the 90s.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2793 on: July 23, 2019, 12:33:38 PM »

Another good example is US 70 between Greensboro and Hillsborough (now I-85); also today's US 25 Bypass south of I-26; it appears at least some of the new US 21 around Huntersville, etc. was Super-2 initially though the southern part had driveways by 1960 per HistoricAerials; the original US 158 Bypass of Henderson may also have been a Super-2
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2794 on: July 23, 2019, 04:41:08 PM »

A public meeting is being held on July 29 in Holly Ridge regarding proposed improvements to two intersections on US-17: NC-172 and Old Folkstone Road.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-07-23-onslow-county-intersection-improvements-public-meeting.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2795 on: July 25, 2019, 02:42:25 PM »

A public meeting is being held tonight in Wilmington regarding two proposed projects. The first is improvements to NC-133 between Division Drive and I-140. The second is constructing a roundabout at the intersection of NC-133 and North 23rd Street.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-07-25-castle-hayne-road-public-meeting.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2796 on: July 25, 2019, 09:08:24 PM »

Plans for the Henderson County portion of the upcoming I-26 widening have been posted. Better hurry and get your pictures of the Bat Cave exit signs before they disappear.

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« Reply #2797 on: July 25, 2019, 11:00:36 PM »

Plans for the Henderson County portion of the upcoming I-26 widening have been posted. Better hurry and get your pictures of the Bat Cave exit signs before they disappear.


Too bad that Bat Cave could not be added to an auxiliary sign.

There are more and more replaced BGS's in suburban areas that have street names instead of destinations on them.  This happened on I-69 near Ft. Wayne, especially at the US 27/IN 3 interchange (Exit 311).  Ft. Wayne and Kendallville used to be the destination listings on the BGS's; now it is Lima Rd. for both US 27 South/IN 3 North.  I have read before that this may be a preferred action by either AASHTO or FHWA (not sure at the moment).

Also, the distance to Asheville should be 22 (or 23) instead of 25 on the one post-interchange mileage sign.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2798 on: July 26, 2019, 12:48:47 AM »

https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/ncdot-gets-ok-for-short-term-erosion-fix/

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NCDOT Gets OK for Short-Term Erosion Fix — The Hatteras ferry terminal on the north end of Ocracoke Island, shown here in December 2018, has experienced rapid erosion during the last year.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has in the works a short-term fix for erosion at the Hatteras ferry terminal on Ocracoke Island but is also working with the National Park Service on a long-term solution.


During its meeting at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Beaufort Lab on Pivers Island Wednesday, the Coastal Resources Commission granted NCDOT a variance to build a temporary erosion control structure that exceeds the permitted height and will stack the larger than permitted sandbags perpendicular as well as the permitted parallel at the ferry terminal within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #2799 on: July 26, 2019, 01:03:55 PM »

The Buncombe County portion of the I-26 widening project was awarded today. Construction can start next month to widen eight miles of I-26 to eight lanes between I-40 and Airport Rd. Most of the construction should be wrapped up by November 2023.
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