Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians
regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to
implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments
into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817, “Strategic
Transportation Investments,” overhauls the way North Carolina funds
transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use
of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the
state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the
law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a
data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding
transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division
level with the goal of meeting the state’s top priorities while still
addressing individualized local needs.
the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT Transportation Divisions across
the state will submit its top transportation priorities to compete with
other transportation improvements across the state for funding under
the new formula.
help determine these priorities, each division is asking local
residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation
improvements are most important. Projects can be as large as an
interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or traffic signal
and can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit,
bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.
can take part in the process by making their suggestions during a
30-day public comment period that closes on Thursday, Feb. 20. Each
Transportation Division will host a public open house to meet with
local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation
NCDOT’s Division One, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck,
Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, winter weather forced the
cancelation of the open house originally scheduled for earlier this
open house has now been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 17, from 4 until 7
p.m. at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, located at
207 Research Station Road in Plymouth. The public comment period for
this division has been extended to accommodate this new date.
In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Division One Planning Engineer Gretchen Byrum at [email protected]
or regular mail to NCDOT Division One, Attention: STI, 113 Airport
Drive, Suite 100, Edenton, N.C. 27932-509. All comments must be
received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Strategic Transportation Investments law changes the way money is
allocated to each division in the state. A percentage of the money is
split evenly among the divisions and other funds are based on
The sparsely populated northeastern rural counties could suffer a lack of funding because of that.
The law, in a round-about way, will also affect the tolling of free ferries, including the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry.
information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how
it works, and the public meetings can be found on the NCDOT website.
will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with
Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this
meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Byrum at [email protected] or (252) 482-1850 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.