NCDOT seeks input on Regional Impact and Division Needs priorities
Published 12:10 pm Saturday, June 16, 2018
North Carolinians are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday to express their opinions about which regional and local transportation projects in the five-county NCDOT Division 10 area should be top priorities in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) — a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.
The N.C. Department of Transportation combines data and local input to determine which projects will get built, using a formula established in the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law to focus funding on projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.
NCDOT Division 10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties) will have an informal public meeting from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Stanly County Commissioners Meeting Room, 1000 N. First St., Albemarle.
Citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. These meetings are not for maintenance projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing roads or improving ditches.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for anyone with disabilities who wants to participate in the public meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam, public involvement officer, at 919-707-6072 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Other Ways to Participate
During a public comment period that runs through July 9, NCDOT is collecting public feedback statewide online, by phone or in writing. Citizens can provide input through the STI website (ncdot.gov/sti), where they may complete a short, interactive survey to identify priority projects or send a message to their local division planning engineer. The online survey features an interactive state map with the proposed projects up for funding.
The public may also comment on transportation projects by telephone or mail. In Division 10, contact Planning Engineer Stuart Basham at 704-845-1151 or by mail at NCDOT Division 10, 12033 E. Independence Blvd., Suite F, Matthews, NC 28105.
In April, NCDOT released data scores for more than 2,100 transportation improvement projects across the state, in the first round of an evaluation process to determine which projects will be scheduled for construction. Also in April, NCDOT identified 77 high-scoring Statewide Mobility projects that will be programmed for funding over the next decade.
After the comment period ends July 9, NCDOT will combine the data scores and local input to produce the total project scores. A draft list of the top-scoring regional impact projects is scheduled for release in August. A similar process for local input will take place in the fall for local division needs projects.
Once all project scores are finalized, the top-scoring projects will be programmed for construction based on available funding. Other factors may determine whether a project ultimately moves to construction, including the completion of environmental and engineering plans, corridor spending limits prescribed by law, and other federal and state funding restrictions.
This information will be used to create the next STIP for the years 2020-2029. NCDOT will release a draft STIP for public comment in January 2019. The final 2020-2029 STIP is expected to be adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation in June 2019.
The STI law, enacted in 2013, established a data-driven process that allows NCDOT to invest transportation dollars more efficiently and effectively.
NCDOT updates the STIP approximately every two years to ensure that it accurately reflects the state’s current financial situation.