Category Archives: TRANSPORTATION

Threat of ferry tolls surfaces yet again!

Big turnout for public hearing helped derail issue way back in 2012 Henri & Joe McClees EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Independent operatives, Joe and Henri McClees, who monitor pending state legislation, rules, and regulations on behalf of six counties in eastern North Carolina, reported this week that an un-named ‘Basement Bureaucrat’ in Raleigh has resurrected the highly contentious ferry toll issue. Exactly six years ago here in Pamlico County, 600 hopping mad, hornet-angry residents showed up en masse to decry a state government decree that would have imposed tolls for the fe…

Bike shop offers free demos of popular eBikes!

By Mac Flythe | Flythe’s Bike Shop NEW BERN Well, you may be interested in the latest craze in cycling. They’re called eBikes. These bikes allow you to go faster and farther than you normally could on a standard bike! eBikes have an electric motor in the crank or wheel and allow you to travel at up to 28 mph and a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge. eBikes have a number of benefits. Do you have a spouse who is an avid cyclist that you would like to ride with, but they go way too fast and far for you to keep up? Well an eBike is a great equalizer! You will now be able to enjoy the adventure of cycling with th…

DOT considers another ‘roundabout’

Unlike Arapahoe proposal, this nightmare spot needs big-time help! Click image to enlarge BEAUFORT — State transportation officials will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 70 (Live Oak Street) and N.C. 101 in the Town of Beaufort. Drivers travel through a roundabout in the same circular direction at a lower speed. In North Carolina, crashes of all types have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at existing intersections. The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Beaufort Train Depot, l…

A ‘roundabout’ for Arapahoe ??? — Locals say ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’

An aerial shot from a jurisdiction in another state shows the intimidating nature of a traffic design meant to eliminate stoplights on heavily traveled, intersecting roads. On the day of this photograph, a lone red van seems to have full run of the traffic circle. ARAPAHOE — Eyes rolled and heads shook among her colleagues on the Pamlico County Commission Monday night when Commissioner Candy Bohmert broached documents Monday night, revealing that state transportation officials are considering a traffic enhancement known as a ‘roundabout’ for an intersection in the small tow…

Feds want more ethanol

Critics hope comment period can derail proposal Gordon Allison, Jr. By Gordon Allison, Jr. News Analysis WASHINGTON, D.C. — Back in 2005, Congress passed a law titled the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires blending of ethanol – a type of alcohol — into our gasoline. It doesn’t matter that ethanol is made mostly from corn, and that its production boosts corn prices and increases pollution in our waterways. Originally, this blending of ethanol and gasoline was called “Gasohol” and it was a 10 percent blend of alcohol with 90 percent straight gas. This is now ca…

No Ferry Tolls! Three words legislators need to hear

Henri and Joe McClees are principals in an Oriental-based lobbying firm known as McClees Consulting. By Henri & Joe McClees RALEIGH – The NC House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 1030 (the 2016 Budget bill) with wonderful language to delete ferry tolls on all ferries and provide for a separate income stream to purchase ferry vessels.  We appreciate the work of visionary members of the NC House who have not forgotten ferries are integral parts of coastal highways. The Budget work continues in the Senate. Senators are working quickly this week to respond to the House ve…

New ferry terminal at Cherry Branch underway

$1.9 million project ‘not linked in any way’ to possible tolls NEUSE RIVER – Describing the 9,000 square foot, super deluxe building as “expanded / improved facilities for the traveling public,” an official with the North Carolina Ferry System dismissed the suggestion this week that proposed tolls for the river crossing – still a possibility – might play some role in funding the almost $2 million structure. “The old terminal at Cherry Branch is roughly 50 years old, and was due to be replaced,” wrote Ferry System spokesman Tim Hass, in an e-mail to this newspaper. “The n…

Loss of steering disables ferry with passengers on board

Eyewitness account at odds with official version This file photo shows the state ferry vessel known as the Silver Lake, which experienced a loss of all steering during a late Saturday afternoon trip from Ocracoke to Cedar Island. OCRACOKE – A press release issued by the North Carolina Ferry System suggests that a steering problem Saturday afternoon with the vessel Silver Lake was handled smoothly and efficiently. However, real-time phone calls received by this newspaper from passengers on board the vessel paint a much different story. Here is the ferry system’s verbatim press rele…

Loss of steering disables ferry with 14 passengers on board

This file photo shows the state ferry vessel known as the Silver Lake, which experienced a loss of all steering during a late Saturday afternoon trip from Ocracoke to Cedar Island. (MANNS HARBOR) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry M/V Silver Lake returned to Ocracoke Sunday under tow after losing steering power and running soft-aground Saturday night. The incident happened about one mile south of Ocracoke as the Silver Lake was making its last run of the day to Cedar Island. The captain of the Silver Lake contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, wh…

State highway officials respond

Change unlikely to ‘Extreme Makeover’ in Bridgeton Motorists from Blueberry Lane are now prohibited from turning left. The mandatory right turn adds more than a mile, plus at least five minutes, for those who want to head east on Highway 55. By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer BRIDGETON — Last week I e-mailed some questions to the North Carolina Department of Transportation concerning the installation of a new traffic island at the intersection at Blueberry Lane and Hwy. 55 in Bridgeton: Q – How did you determine that a new traffic intersection was needed there? A – The locatio…
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