About Military Connections

North Carolina’s commitment to its veterans and service members is unparalleled. From the beginning of Governor Pat McCrory’s administration and his establishment of the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission, the governor’s charge to his agencies was simple: be the most military-friendly state in the country.

Our Commitment

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s commitment to connecting military bases and families to employment, education and health centers is more than just a job – it’s a personal commitment. Many NCDOT employees are veterans and they know first-hand the importance of strengthening and maintaining the infrastructure vital to base communities.

The North Carolina Legislature and the governor also factored into the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law a focus on statewide military-related projects. The military is directly represented by one-fifth of the Strategic Mobility Formula at the statewide level, signifying a solid commitment to improving military connections. Local municipalities also have the flexibility to input their own focus on military-related projects. This translates into stronger connections for the military mission in the state and stronger connections for military dependents and families.

What We’re Doing for North Carolina’s Military

Projects such as the completion of I-295 around Fayetteville and Havelock Bypass are now possible thanks to STI. The interactive map below illustrates this commitment through an in-depth analysis of military strategic and commuting needs over the next 10 years. This results in more than $16 billion of infrastructure investments on roads, rail and other transportation modes. Together with other initiatives, such as improved DMV services and certifications for veterans, NCDOT’s commitment to improving the everyday lives of defense personnel is second to none.


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Project Highlights

Thanks to the Strategic Mobility Formula, NCDOT is seeing progress in improving the connections that the military and families need for education, employment, health and recreation.

Fort Bragg

Complete Fayetteville Outer Loop

I-2519

Connecting Fort Bragg to the strategic I-95 corridor to enhance mobility options for our military through a nearly $.5 billion investment.

Fort Bragg

Murchison Road Upgrades

U-4444

A six-lane widening project from the Outer Loop to Spring Lake to allow closure of Bragg Boulevard through the base. Cost: around $85 million.

Camp Lejeune

Base Access

W-5602

$3.2 million gate improvement project allows for easier access to the base.

MCAS Cherry Point

Havelock Bypass

R-1015

A nearly $200 million investment to improve the mobility around the base and other destinations.

MCAS Cherry Point

Slocum Gate Upgrade

R-5516

Gate improvement allows easier access to the base. Cost: $2.3 million.

Elizabeth City Coast Guard

Runway Extensions

AV-5770

Almost $4 million in improvements at Coast Station – Elizabeth City, NC will increase the safety and capabilities of one of the largest and busiest Coast guard stations in the country.

NCDMV has also implemented a veteran designation on North Carolina driver licenses and a CDL certification for veterans.

Explanation of Process

The preceding maps are a result of establishing a methodology that identifies the multimodal network North Carolina’s military depends on. By layering the Strategic Highway Network (STRAHNET), Strategic Rail Corridor (STRACNET) and a military commuting map, NCDOT can illustrate the military’s footprint in terms of transportation. The STRAHNET and STRACNET are defined by Congress while the commuting map is a result of data taken from the Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP), then projecting origin-destination tables through the North Carolina Statewide Travel Demand Model. Finally, the 10-year identified projects are derived from the Draft State Transportation Improvements Program.