Name Change

As of July 1, 2021, the Isothermal RPO has changed names to the Foothills RPO.

The website is being updated and the address is also changing to http://www.foothillsrpo.org. The old address will continue to work for the next few months.

Staff emails are changing as well:

Karyl Fuller–kfuller@foothillsregion.org

Jerry Stensland–jstensland@foothillsregion.org

The old email addresses will also continue to work for the next little while. Other contact information remains the same.

Please send comments and questions to foothillsrpo@regionc.org.

Shared by Foothills RPO–Nightly I-26 West Closures Start Sunday in Henderson County

Sections closed as part of I-26 Widening project

HENDERSONVILLE – Sections of Interstate 26 West in Henderson County will be closed nightly from Sunday through Thursday nights for construction activities.

Drivers will be detoured onto routes where traffic signals will be modified to handle increased traffic. Closures will start no earlier than 8 p.m. and all lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will perform a variety of tasks including shifting safety barrier, milling existing asphalt, placing new asphalt and painting bridges.

The nightly closures and detours are as follows:
•    Sunday and Monday nights: I-26 West will be closed from U.S. 25 Business (Exit 44) to Airport Road (Exit 40). Traffic will take Exit 44 and follow U.S. 25 Business (Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 280 (Airport Road) and return to I-26.
•    Tuesday and Wednesday nights: I-26 West will be closed from U.S 64 (Exit 49) to Airport Road (Exit 40). Traffic will take Exit 49B and follow U.S. 64 West to U.S. 25 North (Asheville Highway/Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 280 (Airport Road) and return to I-26.
•    Thursday night: I-26 West will be closed from U.S. 64 (Exit 49) to Long Shoals Road (Exit 37). Traffic will take Exit 49B and follow U.S. 64 West to U.S. 25 North (Asheville Highway/Hendersonville Road) to N.C. 141 (Long Shoals Road) and return to I-26.

These plans are weather dependent and subject to change. Transportation officials advise drivers to obey all posted traffic signs and remain alert in work zones. 

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Shared by Foothills RPO–Lane Closure Starting on Green River Bridges

Drivers urged to merge early, obey posted signs

HENDERSONVILLE – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will start a continuous lane closure Sunday night on Interstate 26 over the Green River Bridges.

Crews from Flatiron Construction will begin by closing one westbound lane near mile marker 56 in Henderson County for three nights before closing one eastbound lane starting Wednesday morning near mile marker 54.

All lanes should be open by 7 a.m. Thursday. These closures are necessary for crews to pave shoulders approaching the bridges, which allows for a future traffic shift.

This activity is part of $26.9 million contract to improve grading on the approaches, replace the existing decks and widen both bridges at this location to accommodate three lanes in the future. The contract calls for completion by Dec. 12, 2024.

A 90-second animated video rendering of the construction sequence is available online. The process includes building new lanes between the two bridges, removing old concrete and building a new deck in one direction, then repeating the process in the other direction.

Drivers are urged to merge early, remain alert and obey all posted signs in the construction area. 

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.


Public Input Needed on NCDOT Services

Department launches sixth annual survey to improve customer service

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is again asking the public for feedback on how the agency is performing and ways it can improve its customer service.

Now in its sixth year, NCDOT’s survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and the link is mobile-friendly.

Participation can help the department identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused.

Administered by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education, the survey is grouped into eight core transportation services: motor vehicle transportation (highway), bicycle, pedestrian, transit (local bus), passenger rail, ferry, general aviation and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The N.C. General Assembly requires the survey and results be used to measure NCDOT’s customer service performance across the department. Survey responses must be received by the end of November.

The results will be available to the public on the agency’s website, www.ncdot.gov, by March 2021.

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Stay Safe This Halloween

Safety tips for parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, is encouraging parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween.  

More than 2,100 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and over half of those collisions occur in the evening or at night.   Thousands of children are expected to be walking outside on Oct. 31.  

To ensure Halloween is safe and fun, parents should: 
– Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route. 
– Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under 12. 
– Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to motorists. 
– Let children know to stay together as a group if trick-or-treating without an adult.  Review all appropriate safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.   

Children trick-or-treating should: 
– Stay in familiar neighborhoods along an established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an adult. 
– Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and off the road as far from traffic as possible. 
– Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions. 
– Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well-lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark. 
– Don’t cut across yards or driveways.   

Motorists should: 
– Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where people could be walking. 
– Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 
– Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 
– Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
– At dusk and in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.   

The Watch for Me NC program, started in 2012, is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of safety laws. It consists of pedestrian, bicycle and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by law enforcement. To learn more about the program, visit watchformenc.org

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