N.C. Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources (DEHNR) N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-2520): Programs Department (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-2031) Secondary Roads Department (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-3250): Enforces statewide policies and procedures regarding secondary roads as determined by the Board, in conjunction with the Board. Administers Secondary Road Plan Construction; handles requests for Secondary Roads System addition and abandonment and requests for supporting funds. Receives public enquiries and complaints regarding policy and procedure for paving or otherwise changing secondary roads.

Highway Safety Unit (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-2520): Responsible for the welfare of the work force within N.C. DOT. Plans for compliance with OSHA and the state and federal Environmental Protection Acts. Reviews accidents and injuries. Handles complaints and questions. Policy and Issues Office (P.O. Box 25201, Raleigh 27611; 919/733-2806): Monitors state and federal transportation-related issues. Directs, manages, and coordinates programs and research concerning those issues and advises the Secretary and Executive Staff on such matters. Develops and maintains databases of state and federal transportation data. Coordinates development of departmental management plans.

Public Affairs (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-2522): Responds to enquiries from the public and the media and refers calls when necessary. Primarily answers questions which are general or which require information from several agencies.

Public Transportation Division (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-4713): Assists local, regional, and state agencies in activities relating to public transportation. Administers federal and state funds to public and private transportation systems. Responsible for state elderly, Medicaid, and disabled transportation assistance programs. Provides technical assistance for the development of human service transportation assistance and ride-share programs.

Rail Section: Promotes the preservation and development of the state's railroads as part of a multi-modal transportation system. Develops rail rehabilitation projects and monitors railroad abandonments, sales, and leases. Supervises state-supported rail passenger operations and facilities. Works to preserve service on light-traffic branch lines, to protect rail corridors from abandonment, and to provide intercity rail service in cooperation with Amtrak. Researches future uses of passenger rail systems in N.C.

Board of Transportation (1 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 27601-1494; 919/733-2520): Forms transportation policies and priorities, rules, regulations, and ordinances. Determines transportation needs and the alternative means to provide for these needs. Approves a schedule of all major transportation improvement projects and their anticipated cost for a period of seven years into the future (the Transportation Improvement Program). Allocates highway construction and maintenance funds and awards construction contracts. Approves highway construction programs, projects, and plans. Authorizes rights-of-way acquisition. Comprised of 23 members.

N.C. Office of State Planning - State Data Center (116 W. Jones St., Raleigh 27603-8003; 919/733-4131): Published Statistical Abstract of North Carolina Counties (1991), a collection of tables and figures, many of which are broken down by county. The book includes a section on transportation with data on accidents, commuting and other travel time, highway mileage, etc. Available in many libraries.

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