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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4825 on: May 26, 2022, 06:24:29 PM »

NC-119 Bypass around Mebane is opening.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-05-26-mebane-bypass-road-open.aspx

I thought this day would never come.  I was headed to Burlington via the northern bypass of Mebane early last week and was surprised to see new signage for NC-119 northbound from Stagecoach Road.  That stretch was not yet open but looked like it was complete.  There was no signage for NC-119 southbound there as of Tuesday, May 17.  I'm wondering if that short stretch opened a few days early?
Google Maps shows the DDI and the route of the new bypass.
https://goo.gl/maps/PdaB36ZpqerPDQhQ9
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4826 on: May 27, 2022, 01:41:23 PM »

NC-119 Bypass around Mebane is opening.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-05-26-mebane-bypass-road-open.aspx

I thought this day would never come.  I was headed to Burlington via the northern bypass of Mebane early last week and was surprised to see new signage for NC-119 northbound from Stagecoach Road.  That stretch was not yet open but looked like it was complete.  There was no signage for NC-119 southbound there as of Tuesday, May 17.  I'm wondering if that short stretch opened a few days early?

Google Maps shows the DDI and the route of the new bypass.
https://goo.gl/maps/PdaB36ZpqerPDQhQ9

It's hard to believe that the DDI (Exit 153) opened almost 4 years ago.  The final layer of blacktop wasn't applied until the early part of 2022.  This project was roaring along in 2016 and then came to an almost complete standstill, presumably because of the NCDOT financial issues related to eminent domain payments.  The big question in Mebane is whether Sonic Drive-In will return.  That property got chopped, but it looks like there are more properties now available (but way too expensive for a fast food joint).
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4827 on: May 27, 2022, 07:42:15 PM »

A short news item in the April 7, 2022 USA Today mentions that the 2.4 mile Rodanthe Bridge will open today [April 9, 2022] to pedestrians and cyclists, ahead of being open to traffic later this month.

The new bridge is expected to finally open to traffic late next week, after Memorial Day weekend.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4828 on: May 31, 2022, 11:11:36 AM »

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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4830 on: May 31, 2022, 07:16:59 PM »

I have seen from several states that between revenue loss and inflation that the infrastructure bill that had actually passes may result in a wash.  Any thoughts on what the real NC impact is currently looking like?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4831 on: May 31, 2022, 07:51:37 PM »

I have seen from several states that between revenue loss and inflation that the infrastructure bill that had actually passes may result in a wash.  Any thoughts on what the real NC impact is currently looking like?

Funny, my son and I were having this same conversation this morning.  Now I know enough to talk to him about it more (thanks to LM117 and CowboyWilhelm).  Assuming this 10-Year STIP has some factor for construction inflation/escalation, right now NCDOT is short $3.36B for Statewide Mobility programs/projects and $3.86B short for Regional Impact programs/projects.  Not sure how things stacked up last year, but it seems like this has worsened due to the current economy.  NCDOT was already having financial issues because of the cost impact of related to the gazillion eminent domain settlements.  However, the issue here is not revenue loss.  It does appear that North Carolina is back to annual adjustments on the gas tax.  The state was making more tax revenue when they started quarterly recalculations back around 2013.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4832 on: June 01, 2022, 07:42:43 AM »

Don't forget to add in the rising value of real estate and the increasing costs for right-of-way acquisition. I can't imagine how much the costs have gone up for an upcoming project like the I-26 connector through Asheville with 150 relocations required.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4833 on: June 03, 2022, 06:13:42 PM »

The ramp from I-40 West to I-440 West in southeast Raleigh will be closed this weekend as part of the I-40 widening project.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-03-i-40-440-ramp-closure-raleigh.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4834 on: June 04, 2022, 06:43:59 PM »

The $58 million will go towards preliminary engineering for the missing S-Line tracks north of Ridgeway, preliminary design for the route, and money towards eliminating at-grade crossings along the route in Wake County.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2022/06/01/raleigh-to-richmond-rail-line-get-a--58-million-boost-from-the-feds
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4835 on: June 06, 2022, 06:03:20 PM »

Adjustments made to summer ferry schedules due to shoaling and labor shortage.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-06-summer-ferry-schedule-adjustment.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4836 on: June 07, 2022, 11:35:00 AM »

The rest area/welcome center on I-95 in Robeson County will be torn down and replaced. Work is set to begin later this month and the new building is expected to open by summer 2023.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-07-robeson-county-rest-area-replacement.aspx
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4837 on: June 08, 2022, 04:13:18 PM »

Bridge opening delayed due to substandard pavement markings:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-08-rodanthe-bridge-delay.aspx

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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4838 on: June 10, 2022, 01:25:45 PM »

What will happen to the existing road? Will it be abandoned?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4839 on: June 10, 2022, 08:34:38 PM »

What will happen to the existing road? Will it be abandoned?

The existing road will not be available to the general public, and eventually it will get washed out permanently.  The Atlantic Ocean is trying to re-establish a former channel between Pea Island and Hatteras Island, and it has made a complete cut across NC-12 into Pamlico Sound several times in the past two decades.  The new bridge will allow the channel to become permanent again.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4840 on: June 13, 2022, 12:37:05 AM »

This is not road-related but I have noticed that tolbs17 has not been on the forum since the end of March.  I was a bit surprised not to see any posts of his lately--especially in this thread.  Is he OK or has something occurred?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4841 on: June 13, 2022, 02:38:31 AM »

Bridge opening delayed due to substandard pavement markings:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-08-rodanthe-bridge-delay.aspx

Heh, NC has substandard pavement markings all over Charlotte!  Very hard to see lane markings at night since the paint is either worn away or barely reflective.  And they donít seem to want to retrace lines or replace/repair the pavement reflectors.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4842 on: June 13, 2022, 05:28:01 PM »

Bridge opening delayed due to substandard pavement markings:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-06-08-rodanthe-bridge-delay.aspx

Heh, NC has substandard pavement markings all over Charlotte!  Very hard to see lane markings at night since the paint is either worn away or barely reflective.  And they donít seem to want to retrace lines or replace/repair the pavement reflectors.

Talk to the Division at their Albemarle HQ and request fixes.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4843 on: June 14, 2022, 12:49:26 PM »

This is not road-related but I have noticed that tolbs17 has not been on the forum since the end of March.  I was a bit surprised not to see any posts of his lately--especially in this thread.  Is he OK or has something occurred?
Itís been discussed elsewhere, but he was banned.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4844 on: June 14, 2022, 07:38:24 PM »

This is not road-related but I have noticed that tolbs17 has not been on the forum since the end of March.  I was a bit surprised not to see any posts of his lately--especially in this thread.  Is he OK or has something occurred?
Itís been discussed elsewhere, but he was banned.

tolbs17 was banned? that explains why I don't see his posts lately. oof.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4845 on: June 21, 2022, 09:05:47 PM »

So, I see NC Dots STIP is reported to be around $8B overcommitted  over the next 10 years, I look at their annual budget of $6B, does this mean that they just need to stretch their current list out an extra 18 months?  What is the real story, did the infrastructure  bill help at all?  NC is looking at a decent state surplus, do you see any extra money being dropped in the bucket from the state?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4846 on: June 21, 2022, 09:10:51 PM »

The inflation of the past several months likely played a factor there.  It's effectively made the infrastructure bill a wash.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4847 on: June 21, 2022, 10:05:59 PM »

From what I've gathered reading through their online documents, NCDOT significantly over-programmed the STIP based on poor planning that grossly under-estimated right-of-way and construction costs (see slide 15 here), meaning they added too many projects they couldn't afford to construct all at once once actual costs were determined during the design phase. As previously discussed, a combination of storm recovery costs, Map Act settlements and COVID impacts to revenue delayed many projects by a few years. They have recovered their budget, but now you have inflation driving costs much higher for projects that were delayed and originally estimated at x dollars several years ago. In order to fund upcoming projects that may costs tens of millions of dollars more to construct now, they have to delay other projects, and it continues to cascade. So, like us at the grocery store, they're getting less from the money in their pocket than they used to and aren't adding any new projects to the STIP until they can construct their committed projects.
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4848 on: June 21, 2022, 10:50:40 PM »

I do understand the concept, but do they have kind of estimate of when they may be back on track?
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Re: North Carolina
« Reply #4849 on: June 21, 2022, 10:57:48 PM »

Wonder if FHWA is looser with NC than they are with NY.  Fiscal constraint of the STIP is watched over closely and FHWA requires offsets.  NY can't report their STIP as being "overcommitted" when the update is complete.
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