Automobile dealers and insurance companies are worried about a wide-ranging House proposal to raise new money for transportation by collecting a few hundred million dollars more each year in taxes on car and truck sales and insurance premiums.
Out of 10 towns across the state to receive the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant, Wendell was the only municipality to be awarded the grant in Wake County.
Days after he persuaded a state senator to withdraw legislation ordering him to lay off 81 workers at the state Department of Transportation on June 1, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced Tuesday that he will lay off 70 workers and eliminate 11 recently vacated jobs.
Six years have passed since a Surry County deputy stopped a car with just one working brake light, confident in his belief that state law requires two. Sgt. Matt Darisse was wrong on April 29, 2009. And he would be wrong today. But in his confusion about North Carolina traffic laws, he was in good company.
The $3 million project may not look like much on a map, measuring about a third of a mile, but it should circumvent nearly a mile of driving on busy streets for travelers between NC State University’s two campuses. Pullen Road will extend to meet Bilyeu Street, and Bilyeu Street will connect to Centennial Parkway.
After a Senate committee endorsed a bill ordering the layoffs of 81 state Department of Transportation workers, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata persuaded the sponsor Wednesday to cancel the legislation, a Tata spokesman said.
Drivers would be spared the state’s $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones, under legislation moving quickly through the House, in cases where no construction workers were present at the time.