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WNC Transportation is a new and permanent feature from Carolina Public Press offering road, public transportation, sidewalk, bike and greenway information for each of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. It also includes information on road and highway planning organizations — the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) — for your county.

This resource list for Polk County will be updated periodically. Have a question, suggestion or update to this resource list? Please contact us at

Public Transit

Polk County Transportation

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: 828-894-8203

Call two business days in advance to schedule your appointment. Call five days in advance for out-of-county appointments.

Road repairs

If the road is maintained and owned by the state of North Carolina, call the N.C. Department of Transportation at 828-894-8980.

If the road is owned by the town of Columbus, call Columbus’s public works department at 828-894-8236

If the road is owned by the city of Saluda, call Saluda’s public works department at 828-749-2581.

If the road is owned by the town of Tryon, call 828-859-6654.

Road and Highway Planning

The Isothermal Rural Planning Organization is the authority in planning transportation for Polk County.

Contact Karyl Fuller at 828-287-2281 or email her at to see how you can get involved.

The NCDOT Division 14 is also involved with the planning and development of transportation projects in Polk County.

Steve Cannon, district engineer
Phone: 828-891-7911


Polk County Recreation Department

Jerry Stensland, interim recreation director
Phone: 828-894-8199

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Chase Erickson

Chase Erickson was the summer 2014 intern at Carolina Public Press.

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