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Hurricane Florence Resources
As Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina and begins to make her way inland and into South Carolina, we hope that everyone stays safe and dry in the coming days. 

The SCDOT continues to maintain its online resources in preparation for impacts from Hurricane Florence. Information on road conditions and traffic can be found on the SCDOT's Storm Resources webpage which is updated frequently.  Additional resources are also available from the SC Emergency Management Division.  

For the latest road conditions in North Carolina, please visit the NCDOT's travel information page. Additional information and resources are available from the NC Department of Public Safety. 
Piedmont Tech ‘Ready to Roll’ in Workforce Partnership to Help Fix SC Roads 
The SC Workforce Development Board has named Piedmont Technical College as the lead agency and training provider for a $355,363 grant project, titled “Ready to Roll,” designed to increase the state’s workforce for highway construction and related sectors.

Ready to Roll will offer short-term training (two months or less) to help people with employment barriers enter the logistics profession either as a material handler or a truck driver working in the road construction industry.

“Developing a system of roads to meet the demands of area residents takes time, money and manpower. For 20 years, the Upper Savannah Council of Governments (USCOG) has been working with the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to help plan improvements,” said USCOG Executive Director Patricia Hartung.

USCOG will assist with Ready to Roll project coordination, along with the identification of participants. The program also will include Work Ethics Skills Training as well as opportunities for certifications from the SC Asphalt Pavement Association.

“This is an excellent example of how collaboration sparks ideas that then assist with what needs to be done for the community,” said Ben Davis, chairman of the SCDOT Commission.

Read the full story here.
Kentucky Lawmaker Says Road Funding Must be Addressed in 2019
As Kentucky struggles to maintain roads and bridges in its 120 counties and faces a decrease in funding from the federal government, House Transportation Committee Chair Sal Santoro says reforms must come in the 2019 session because “Kentuckians deserve better.” 

He pointed to the fact that the state’s General Fund, where most government services are paid, and the Road Fund are separate and Kentucky’s infrastructure has been neglected as a result of a lack of changes to that fund. 

The bill sponsored by Santoro during the 2018 session to increase infrastructure funding through changes to the formula would have increased the gas tax by a small amount as well as implemented some fees on electric vehicles at registration and/or purchase to ensure everyone is paying their fair share for the roads even if they aren’t paying at the pump.

Santoro says it is critical to pass legislation to increase funding because if Kentucky does not pass reforms, the state will also begin to lose even more federal transportation funding, making it even harder to fix existing roads and bridges, as well as build new infrastructure.

Read the full article here. 
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