The N.C. 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 law.
Signed 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 projects that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.
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.
In the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT Transportation Divisions across the state will submit their top transportation priorities to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding under the new formula. To 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-scale 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.
Residents can take part in the process by making their suggestions during a 30-day public comment period through Wednesday, Feb. 12. Each Transportation Division will host a public open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities.
In Division 5, which includes Wake, Durham, Granville, Person, Franklin, Vance and Warren counties, the open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the division office, 2612 North Duke St., Durham.
In addition, written comments can be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail at STI, NCDOT Division 5, 2612 North Duke St., Durham, N.C., 27704. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.
More information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how it works and the public meetings can be found at www.NCDOT.gov.