are encouraged to help North Carolina take the next step forward to
implement the Strategic
Transportation Investments law.
STI overhauls the way the state funds transportation improvements,
allowing the N.C.
Department of Transportation 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 economy.
meetings will take place as part of a 30-day public comment period
for Division One, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck,
Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties. The comment period runs
from June 24 – July 23.
are invited to attend either of the following informal meetings and
share their thoughts on the distribution of local input points for
projects going through the STI process.
STI law directs each of the department’s 14
Transportation Divisions to
assign points to local highway and non-highway mode projects
considered important to their area. These points, when combined with
a data-driven score, are used in determining the final
score for each project on the
Regional and Division levels. Projects on the Statewide
level are scored using data
is asking citizens to offer feedback on two key areas:
their local division developed to determine how to assign these
• The number of points the
division plans to allot to different types of projects, including
highway, aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry, public
transportation and rail.
who cannot attend the public meeting are welcome to provide their
comments in a number of different ways.
can call Division One Planning Engineer Gretchen Byrum at (252)
482-1850. Citizens can also visit the STI
public meetings webpage and fill
out an online form. They can email the completed form to
[email protected], or they can print the form and mail it
to Gretchen Byrum, Division One Planning Engineer, 113 Airport Drive,
Suite 100, Edenton, NC 27932.
its 30-day public comment period ends, the division will carefully
consider the input received while determining its final point
distribution in August.
NCDOT will use the point totals,
along with the data-driven numbers already associated with each
project, to tabulate
the final project scores. Then, the department will include the
projects with the highest overall scores in the upcoming 10-year work
plan. Other required project scheduling considerations such as the
completion of environmental and engineering plans, and federal and
state funding restrictions will affect the specific time frame
assigned to a project.
will use the final project rankings generated by the new law to
create the next State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
department will circulate a draft of the STIP for public comment
beginning in December 2014. It will be adopted by the N.C. Board of
Transportation in June 2015.
more information on the upcoming public meeting, visit STI
public meetings webpage. To
learn more about STI, go to the Strategic
Transportation Investments Law webpage.