From the Hendersonville Lightning: New highway projects are frozen, routine maintenance such as mowing, patching and ditch-clearing is delayed and NCDOT employees across the state are being sent home as the agency faces a severe cash shortage. Brian Burch, the top DOT official for the 10-county Division 14, painted a grim picture of the agency’s... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: The Flat Rock Village Council has scrapped the idea of a new entrance to the Park at Flat Rock for now, agreeing to evaluate traffic patterns and sightlines when the NCDOT completes the Highland Lake Road project. . . “In my mind [the driveway cut] is way too close to all... Continue Reading →
From The News & Observer (May 18, 2020): N.C. Department of Transportation employees were told Monday that they will need to take unpaid time off by the end of June to help the department save money. The furloughs begin this week with “executive leadership,” who must take 30 hours of unpaid leave, followed next week... Continue Reading →
Interested in NCDOT's current cash balance situation and financial performance? You can review the NCDOT Cash Spending Plan Performance Audit, May 2020, from the State Auditor here. This document includes the full report and NCDOT’s official response.
Update on COVID-19 fund distribution and small business loan programs among other things.
From the Times-News: The N.C. Department of Transportation spent $740 million beyond what it planned to last year, state auditors said Tuesday as they urged stronger oversight of how DOT and its regional offices handle finances. The performance review by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office found DOT had spent $6.68 billion on road construction and... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: As people across North Carolina heed a statewide stay-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19, traffic volumes have plummeted, causing at least a $300 million budget shortfall for the N.C. Department of Transportation in the current fiscal year and an uncertain forecast for the next budget year. . . Projects... Continue Reading →
A legislative session during a pandemic.
In 2018, the Village of Flat Rock received a grant from NCDOT to look at the feasibility of a bike/ped path connecting the Park at Flat Rock with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The final draft report of that study has been completed and is available for review. Final presentation of the report... Continue Reading →
The March 30 village council agenda meeting and the April 9 regular monthly council meeting have been cancelled.
The March 18 Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee meeting has been cancelled.
Make sure your voice is heard! Monday, March 2, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Henderson County Library in Hendersonville, join the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff for a workshop on the MPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) that will document the region's vision for its transportation system (highways, transit, bike/ped,... Continue Reading →
The March 2 Flat Rock Village Council agenda meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Rudnick Community Room at The Park at Flat Rock (55 Highland Golf Drive) due to the Board of Elections use of the Flat Rock village hall in preparation for the March 3 primary.
From today's Times-News: The Ecusta Trail in Henderson County could be one step closer to reality after county staff got the green light Wednesday for the Board of Commissioners to apply for a grant. The French Broad River MPO currently has a call out for projects for Surface Transportation Block Grant funds. As a member... Continue Reading →
From the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall so below is just a snippet): . . . The practice of government taking land for recreational uses—typically bike lanes, hiking paths and fashionable “rail trails” and “greenways”—is spreading across the country, marking a sharp and troubling expansion of eminent domain. The Takings Clause of the Constitution’s... Continue Reading →
The City of Hendersonville has an online survey for community input on current city projects, including downtown parking, parking deck, police station, fire stations, mini-golf and tennis court relocation, downtown hotel, and 7th Avenue streetscape.
The February 13 Flat Rock Village Council regular meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Rudnick Community Room at The Park at Flat Rock (55 Highland Golf Drive) due to the Board of Elections use of the Flat Rock village hall for early voting.
From an article in Fast Company: Most traffic jams are unnecessary, and this deeply irks mathematicians who specialize in traffic flow. They reserve particular vitriol for local transport engineers. “They do not have competencies in the field of system-related increases in traffic performance,” says Alexander Krylatov, a mathematics professor at St. Petersburg University. “If engineers... Continue Reading →
From The Charlotte News & Observer: Few people are hoping for a snow-free winter in North Carolina as much as the leaders of the N.C. Department of Transportation. NCDOT’s finances have stabilized since last spring, when unexpected expenses forced the department to begin cutting back on everything from fixing bridges to mowing grass. A big... Continue Reading →
From today's Times-News letters to the editor: Pandora's box To the editor: It is with dismay that other municipalities are able to override the voters’ will of Flat Rock and get to weigh in on the future of the village. The Highland Lake Road project was a vision that was voted down by electing new... Continue Reading →