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Open house is June 18 in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE – People are invited to a meeting Monday to share their opinions on which proposed projects the N.C. Department of Transportation should build in its five-county Highway Division 6.

Staff in the department’s Division 6 (Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties) will hold the informal public meeting from 5-7 p.m. in the division conference room at 558 Gillespie St., Fayetteville.

The department wants public feedback on which regional and division-level projects should become top priorities in the next cycle of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year vision for funding and completing projects.

The department is drafting the 2020-2029 STIP using a combination of data and local input. The department will use a formula established in the 2013 Strategic Transportation Investments law that focuses on prioritizing projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.

Citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for anyone with disabilities who wants to participate in the public meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam, public involvement officer, at 919-707-6072 or lnputnam1@ncdot.gov.

Other Ways to Participate

The public may also provide input at ncdot.gov/sti where there is a short, interactive survey to identify priority projects. The online survey features an interactive state map with the proposed projects; citizens may review project information and provide feedback on which projects they think are important.

NCDOT is collecting feedback statewide through July 9.

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.