NC Department of Transportation seeks feedback on STIP projects

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The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is asking the public to provide feedback on the quantitative scores and preliminary local input points assignments for the transportation projects for the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) reports.

The STIP document is developed under the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI), which established the Strategic Mobility Formula. In fall 2015, NCDOT and local planning organizations assembled and submitted projects for scoring after collecting public input for the 2018-2027 STIP.

NCDOT is hosting 15 information sessions across the state between June 20 and July 14, to receive input on the locally identified priorities and points assignments methodologies that will result in a Draft STIP next year.

Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view all the materials and submit their comments electronically through MetroQuest. All information can be found at http://www.ncdot.gov/sti.

The public comment period will run from June 20 – July 22.

Next steps

After NCDOT releases regional projects later this summer, the groups will then prioritize division-level projects. Once all project scores are finalized, the top-scoring projects will be scheduled based on available funding and other factors that include the completion of environmental studies and engineering plans, corridor spending caps, and federal and state funding restrictions. This information will then be used to create the next 10-year plan for 2018-2027.

*Public feedback is very important to us – putting people first is a common sense way to plan and design public infrastructure,” the NDOT statement says. “Please assist us in maximizing public outreach by forwarding to your constituents, members, and/or staff.”

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