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6/4/2015: NC Board of Transportation Approves Transportation Plan for 1,100 Projects Over Next 10 Years

NC Board of Transportation Approves Transportation Plan for 1,100 Projects Over Next 10 Years

Posted 6/4/2015 10:57:18 AM

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Board of Transportation has approved the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year transportation plan that includes nearly 1,100 projects in the state over the next decade. The highway projects alone are expected to support the creation of nearly 300,000 jobs.  The plan is the first developed using the Strategic Mobility Formula – a method for distributing funding for and prioritizing transportation projects – that was created two years ago with the passage of the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI). Using the mobility formula, the N.C. Department of Transportation is able to invest existing transportation revenues more efficiently, funding 303 more projects and helping support about 126,000 more jobs than it could have under the state's previous funding formula. The STIP includes projects in all 100 counties and all transportation modes, making it one of NCDOT’s most comprehensive state transportation programs to date. A breakdown of the project numbers can be found here. “This new data-driven formula takes the politics out of transportation and allows us to invest in more projects that will increase safety, reduce congestion and enhance economic competitiveness." Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “These projects align with Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation by connecting small towns and big cities, products to markets and people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation." The Strategic Mobility Formula directs 60 percent of available funding to improvements on the regional and local levels to ensure NCDOT is meeting the varied needs of communities throughout North Carolina. The remaining 40 percent goes to projects of statewide significance. While projects on the statewide level are determined based only on data, local input is considered in determining projects at both the regional and division levels to ensure that local transportation priorities are addressed. Planning organizations across the state submitted projects to NCDOT for evaluation at the local, regional and statewide levels. The projects were scored by a data-driven process that weighed factors such as safety, congestion and economic competiveness. Those at the statewide level that did not score high enough to be funded also had the opportunity to compete on the regional and division levels. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and Governor McCrory unveiled a draft of the State Transportation Improvement Program in December. NCDOT held a series of meetings over the past several months for public comment prior to the transportation board's approval Thursday. Next Steps NCDOT updates the state transportation plan every two years to be sure that it accurately reflects North Carolina's current financial situation. The STI law also mandates ongoing evaluation and improvement to ensure the process continues to be responsive to the state's diverse needs. A prioritization work group has already examined the current process and developed recommendations for changes to strengthen the next iteration of the transportation plan. (Learn more about strategic prioritization.)   Additional Funding While the STI law allows NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenue, only 1 in 5 (18 percent) of the 3,100 projects submitted for prioritization in 2014 can be funded over the next 10 years with current revenue resources. Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation recognizes the need to pursue alternative funding solutions, such as public-private partnerships and bond strategies that will allow the state  to take advantage of current low interest rates to deliver vital infrastructure improvements for North Carolina. Governor McCrory has proposed two bonds of approximately $1.4 billion – one each for roads and public infrastructure. The North Carolina General Assembly has proposed legislation to help address the department’s need for additional revenue.  ***NCDOT***
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3/31/2015: 5 New Members of Board of Transportation Sworn in; 3 Members get New Terms

5 New Members of Board of Transportation Sworn in; 3 Members get New Terms

Posted 3/31/2015 5:24:28 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Transportation added five new members as they were sworn in for four-year terms by N.C. State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony in Raleigh. Three other members of the Board were sworn in to extend their service with another term. The new members are: Sandra Fountain - Division 3 - Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties; Terry Hutchens - Division 6 - Cumberland, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties;Patrick Molamphy – Division 8 - Moore, Lee, Chatham, Randolph, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland counties; Tracy Dodson - Division 10 - Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Cabarrus and Stanly counties; andWalter Debnam Jr. – Division 14 - Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Jackson, Haywood and Swain counties. The returning members are: Major General Hugh Overholt – Division 2 – Member since 2009 - Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Greene, Pitt, Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico counties; "Gus" Tulloss – Division 4 – Member since 2008 - Johnston, Nash, Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties; and Andrew Perkins  - At Large – Member since 2003. Nineteen men and women from across the state make up the N.C. Board of Transportation and work with NCDOT staff members to make decisions about transportation priorities. ***NCDOT***
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5/1/2012: N.C. Board of Transportation Monthly Meeting to be Held in Greensboro

N.C. Board of Transportation Monthly Meeting to be Held in Greensboro

Posted 5/1/2012 3:17:37 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Transportation will hold its May meeting in NCDOT’s Transportation Division 7 from Wednesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 3. In addition to the Board’s regular meeting, members will tour TIMCO, Honda Jet and FED-EX Air at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. They will also tour the High Point Depot in High Point, the J. Douglas Galyon Depot and the Gateway Center in Greensboro. To access the full agenda, click here: Attachment. This is the second out-of-town board meeting this year. The purpose of holding the meetings across the state is to enable the members of the Board to see transportation projects in the communities where they occur, to hear suggestions and concerns related to transportation policy, and gain more specific insight into emerging transportation trends and patterns that have the potential to impact all areas of the state. ***NCDOT***
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9/30/2011: NCDOT AWARDS $2.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO REPAIR MORE THAN 67 MILES OF PRIMARY ROADS IN BRUNSWICK, NEW HANOVER AND PENDER COUNTIES

NCDOT AWARDS $2.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO REPAIR MORE THAN 67 MILES OF PRIMARY ROADS IN BRUNSWICK, NEW HANOVER AND PENDER COUNTIES

Posted 9/30/2011 2:40:27 PM

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to repair more than 67 miles of primary roads in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. The $2.7 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work can begin as early as Oct. 31 and be completed by May 18, 2012. The contract covers more than 67 miles of primary roads including U.S. 17, U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 130 in New Hanover County and U.S. 117/N.C. 132 and U.S. 17 Business in Pender County. Also, eight miles of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County will be repaired. This is one of 12 contracts totaling $91.3 million awarded by Conti in September for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law, and came in at 3.6 percent, or about $3.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 416 highway contracts totaling $3.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. ***NCDOT***
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9/30/2011: NCDOT AWARDS $54.3 MILLION CONTRACT FOR I-295

NCDOT AWARDS $54.3 MILLION CONTRACT FOR I-295

Posted 9/30/2011 1:12:24 PM

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a contract to build an additional section of I-295, also known as the Fayetteville Outer Loop. A $54.3 million contract was awarded to R.E. Goodson Construction Co. of Darlington, S.C. Work can begin as early as Oct. 31 and be completed by July 15, 2015. The contract includes grading and paving more than 1.9-miles of I-295 from Yadkin Road to west of N.C. 24 (Bragg Boulevard). Work includes an interchange at All American Freeway. This section will connect Bragg Boulevard to All American Freeway. This is one of 12 contracts totaling $91.3 million awarded by Conti in September for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law, and came in at 3.6 percent, or about $3.4 million, below NCDOT estimates. According to the Federal Highway Administration, every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, and according to the construction industry, every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 416 highway contracts totaling $3.3 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. ***NCDOT***
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