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Hurricanes, storms, and mobility

As of this afternoon, Hurricane Dorian is lashing the coastline of the two Carolinas, wreaking various degrees of havoc in southeastern N.C. while causing school cancellations and early dismissals here as precautionary and preparedness measures. Significant weather-related impacts to transportation, home, property, and commerce are a definite in coastal North Carolina and certainly possible here. […]


“Beautify Fortify” begins this fall

The I-40 Fortify project — which repaired pavement and modernized the freeway by adding ramp connector lanes between interchanges — completed a few months ago. It has improved travel conditions while creating an improved travel surface. Soon, it will do even more. While the project was still under construction, RTA reached out to NCDOT to […]


An incredible day for mobility

There is no other way to say it. This is an incredible day for mobility in the Research Triangle region. Today, August 22, 2019, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and a number of environmental organizations, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), came together and signed an agreement which will allow 540 […]


Low-cost intersection innovations, part one — a peak and off-peak win for travelers

The regional business community has consistently supported both major freeway improvements as well as low-cost enhancements to intersections and interchanges. One example is the concept of “Dual Left Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYA).” This involves a signalized intersection with dual left turn lanes that displays – at least for some cycles — a flashing yellow arrow […]


Welcome to Texas – land of freeways and feeders

This week I’m visiting my family in the parallel frontage road state. Called “feeders” in metro Houston where my family lives, these roads parallel freeways seemingly everywhere in Texas. We do have them in North Carolina (e.g., sections of I-85 and I-95 come to mind) but they are the exception rather than ubiquitous. I have […]