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NCDOT Wants to Hear from You! Let the State Know which Projects Matter Most!

06/08/2018

Got thoughts on how the state should prioritize spending to improve roads, trails and public transit in Clayton over the next decade? Now's you chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation!

From now until July 9, NCDOT is seeking public comment about transportation projects in the 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year vision for funding and completing projects.

Just click here to begin, select Johnston County from the drop down menu, and then click on the colorful dots and lines to learn more about projects proposed for our area. Once you have a feel for a particular project, tell NCDOT whether you think it should be a priority and leave some comments telling them why.

You can also click here to send a comment about the STIP to NCDOT Division 4, which includes Clayton, or call James Eatmon 252-640-6400. Prefer snail mail? Send comments to NCDOT Division 4 Office, 509 Ward Blvd., Wilson, NC 27895.

The descriptions on NCDOT's website can be a little wonky, so don't hesitate to call the department and ask for help!

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to provide input. Anyone requiring special services should contact Division 4 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Rather share your opinions in person? Division 4 will hold an informal public meeting from from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 in the division conference room at 509 Ward Blvd. in Wilson.

All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on July 9, 2018.

Project priorities can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or intersection improvement. Priorities can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation, and rail.

In April, NCDOT released data scores for more than 2,100 transportation improvement projects statewide, 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 during 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.

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.

Please note that the comment period is not for maintenance-related projects such as patching potholes, resurfacing, or ditches. NCDOT uses a different method to prioritize maintenance projects. Click here to report a pothole to NCDOT.

Local planning organizations across the state also receive local input on project priorities. For more information, contact the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which includes Clayton.

What is the STIP?

The N.C. Department of Transportation's transportation plan – called the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – identifies the construction funding and schedule for state transportation projects over a 10-year period. NCDOT updates the STIP approximately every two years to reflect the state's current financial situation.

The Strategic Transportation Investments law also mandates ongoing evaluation and improvement to ensure that the process responds to North Carolina's diverse needs. This is accomplished by a prioritization work group consisting primarily of professional engineers and transportation planners.

The data-driven process to update the STIP is called strategic prioritization. The current cycle to update the STIP for the years 2020-2029 is called Prioritization 5.0 or P5.0. It started in summer 2017 when NCDOT divisions and local planning organizations gathered public feedback on projects, which then were submitted for evaluation and scoring.

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