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Public Comment Meeting Scheduled for Division 10 Projects

 

June 11, 2018--North Carolinians are invited to a  public meeting on Tuesday, June 19, to express their opinions about which  regional and local transportation projects in the five-county 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 hold an informal public meeting  from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 19 at the Stanly County Commissioners Meeting Room,  1000 North First Street in Albemarle.

Citizens are invited to stop in and  provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities.  Please note that 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 lnputnam1@ncdot.gov 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 East Independence Blvd., Suite F, Matthews N.C., 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.

Next Steps

After the comment period ends on 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.

 

Taken from NCDOT press release

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