Road Worrier blog

  • Rain and Thanksgiving traffic will clog roads and skies

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on November 25, 2014

    Passengers and airport workers watch for luggage as it moves on the conveyor belt at RDU Terminal 2 on Tuesday. With bad weather in some parts of the country, things might get tough for travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

    Forecasters say the rain will start in the Triangle late Tuesday as part of a massive winter storm that will spread into the northeastern states, with snow that can be expected to delay or ground flights in and out of the major northern airports.

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  • Road Worrier: NC House members oppose limits on Cape Lookout beach driving

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on November 24, 2014

    In this aerial shot of Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Cape Lookout lighthouse towers at lower left. The Cape Lookout seashore is remote, located on undeveloped Carteret County islands with 56 miles of shoreline, and is closed to the public during winter months. About 400,000 people travel from the mainland each year by ferry or private boat to Shackleford Banks and North and South Core Banks, the three islands that make up Cape Lookout National Seashore.

    Federal park officials are formulating rules for Cape Lookout that would require permits and limit times and places for driving on the North Carolina beach during the nesting seasons of protected shorebirds and sea turtles similar to those in place at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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  • After 8 years, David King to bow out at Triangle Transit

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on November 19, 2014

    David King CEO and General Manager of Triangle Transit

    David D. King, who took charge of Triangle Transit in 2006 after the three-county agency's first plan for regional rail transit fell apart, said Wednesday he is ready to retire.

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  • Public comments will help planners settle Orange-Durham light rail route

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on November 18, 2014

    Natalie Murdock of Triangle Transit invites Orange and Durham county residents to comment on light rail plans.

    At three days of public meetings this week, Triangle Transit planners are asking residents for help in making a few decisions about a planned 17-mile light-rail line from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to Duke University and downtown Durham.

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  • Road Worrier: NCDOT's urban loops depend on borrowed money

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on November 17, 2014

    The first cars drive down the new section of road at the opening of the second part of the new toll road, the Triangle Expressway, on August 1, 2012.  The overpass is the toll gantry, which records the vehicles as they pass underneath to assess the toll.  Tolls will begin to be charged to motorists starting Thursday, August 2, 2012.

    Gov. Pat McCrory credits an Urban Loop Acceleration Plan for starting the bulldozers on a Winston-Salem urban loop project, and he and DOT promote three kinds of borrowed money to advance loop construction, including more work on tolled sections of NC 540 around Raleigh.

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  • Chapel Hill hopes push-button flashing lights will keep pedestrians safe

    Posted by Bruce Siceloff on November 13, 2014

    UNC-CH public safety bicycle officer B. Detweiler watches pedestrians cross East Franklin Street at Columbia Street in downtown Chapel Hill last month.

    In the latest effort by Chapel Hill to persuade more drivers to stop for people walking across the street, the town is replacing the perpetually blinking lights on midblock crosswalks with new, bigger lights that will flash only when activated by pedestrians. One pedestrian was injured by a car Thursday at a crosswalk that will get the new lights.

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