Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) announced that they have been identified as one of 75 communities to temporarily lose a portion of the air service related to schedule reductions by 15 airlines, resulting from the continued impact of COVID on the airline industry.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently changed the standard for airlines to request exemption for providing air service to all of the communities where they operated prior to the COVID crisis.
They are switching to a “systematic process” to allow carriers to “reduce the number of points they must serve as a proportion of their total service obligation.”
Their plan “will allow carriers to exempt from their service obligation five (5) percent of the points in their service obligation list, or five (5) points, whichever is greater.”
The DOT will grant exemptions to carriers, allowing airlines to suspend flight operations at defined airports while ensuring that the airport continues to be served by at least one carrier.
As a result of the DOT’s rule change, Delta Air Lines will plan to temporarily suspend air service operations to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport.
“Delta has not disclosed the exact timing for implementing this change, so passengers with current Delta bookings will need to check with the airline directly” said Andrew Shorter, the Airport Director at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport.
“Our market fundamentals are sound and our airline partners have historically been pleased with their business models here at EWN but these are different times and air travel has been off by as much as 96% during this crisis,” Shorter stated.
American Airlines will continue to serve the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport with regular daily nonstop service to Charlotte International Airport (CLT) with one-stop flight connections to points around the United States and the world.
In an effort to gauge the demand signal moving forward, visit flyewn.com to fill out a brief travel survey so that the airport can demonstrate how the need for air service here at EWN will continue to be strong.
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews plan to close two U.S. 70 ramps in New Bern midweek as part of the highway improvements project in Craven County.
The U.S. 70 East ramps at the Country Club Road interchange – signed from the highway as N.C. 55 West/Pembroke Road/Trent Woods – will be closed between 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday. Crews will pave both ramps to interstate standards.
Those needing access to U.S. 70 East from Country Club Road will be detoured onto U.S. 70 West and travel about 1.5 miles to the Business 17 exit, turn left at the stop light, go under the overpass and take the next left to get on U.S. 70 East.
The detour for the N.C. 55 West/Pembroke Road/Trent Woods exit closure will direct drivers to continue on U.S. 70 East for about 2.5 miles to the stoplight in James City, make a U-turn and follow U.S. 70 West back to Exit 416.
Drivers should plan ahead Wednesday and use caution when traveling around the work zone.
This construction is part of the project to bring U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between Raleigh and Morehead City. Crews are widening shoulders and milling and repaving the highway, which will be renamed Interstate 42. The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.
A freeway U.S. 70 ramp in New Bern is being upgraded to interstate standards and will be closed to drivers beginning Monday.
The ramp from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to U.S. 70 East will be closed from 6:30 a.m. April 27 through 7 p.m. April 28, weather permitting. Crews will continue paving as part of the project to upgrade U.S. 70 to future Interstate 42.
As a detour, drivers on Business 17 will take U.S. 70 West about one mile to the exit for Glenburnie Road. At the end of the exit ramp, drivers will take a left, cross the bridge and turn left onto U.S. 70 East.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead for their commute and slow down near the work zone.
The construction is part of the project to bring U.S. 70 up to interstate standards between Raleigh and Morehead City. Crews are widening shoulders and milling and repaving the highway. The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and costs $25.5 million.
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Beginning March 10, CARTS will begin experimental routes to assist employees getting to and from their place of employment in Craven County.
This program is the first of many steps, as transportation to and from work has been a significant factor in workforce development.
During this is a temporary program, CARTS will collect data in order to determine if permanent routes can be established in Craven County. One area of interest being the Craven County Industrial Park.
“When it comes to workforce development, transportation has been identified as a major issue. This unconventional approach is just one of many ways that Craven 100 Alliance and Craven County are collaborating to meet the needs of our employers,” said Owen Andrews, Craven 100 Alliance Chairman.
To initiate the application process, employees should contact their Human Resource managers in which they will provide CARTS with the employee’s information.
CARTS will then evaluate the location of the employee’s residence within the county to determine if federal or state funding could offset the fare of the employee.
With matching funds from Craven 100 Alliance, CARTS was awarded a grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation to support this program.
On Monday, March 2, at 9 a.m., CARTS will host a public meeting to discuss the program at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Craven County Center at 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.
“After hearing about our employer’s needs for transportation, we were fortunate enough to have CARTS, a public transportation solution provider that typically only bigger communities have,” said Jack B. Veit, III, Craven County manager.
For more information, please contact Kelly Walker at 252-636-4917 or email or visit their website.
U.S. 17 bypass off U.S. 70 will be closed for about three months while NC DOT crews complete work.
The New Bern U.S. 17 Bypass in Craven County will be closed in both directions for 90 days.
The closure near Pollocksville between U.S. 17 and U.S. 70 began on Feb. 4. Closing this section of highway will allow the N.C. Department of Transportation to make its final tie-ins for the new U.S. 17 Bypass in a safe and timely manner.
There are detour signs leading traffic around the closure. Drivers heading south will use the U.S. 17 Business interchange and exit at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Traffic will turn left at the light and continue on U.S. 17 Business South to access U.S. 17 South.
For drivers heading north, continue straight at the U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass intersection. Drivers will cross under the U.S 70 overpass and turn left at the light back onto U.S. 70 west.
Drivers should anticipate needing extra time to travel during the next few months.