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Moore County Transportation Plan


Next Moore County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Meeting

Public Meeting Notice

Summary of Significant Events

The Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP): A CTP is a long-range, multi-modal infrastructure improvement plan that addresses present and anticipated transportation needs. The plan offers recommended solutions to identified needs for the county’s highway, public transportation, rail, bicycle and pedestrian transportation modes. It is a plan for future transportation investments.

Moore County’s last adopted, long-range highway plan dates back to 1990 and does not address the county’s current growth and development. At the request of Moore County’s leaders, NCDOT is assisting the county by working with the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO), the Moore County Planning and Community Development, and the Moore County Transportation Committee (MCTC) to develop a new CTP for Moore County that goes through 2040.

What the CTP is:

  • A long-range transportation plan that addresses all forms of transportation.
  • A plan that supports community priorities, local land-use plans, and protects local assets.
  • A concept plan.
  • A shared vision for the people of Moore County.
  • A tool to position Moore County to more successfully compete for funding at the statewide level.
  • An outline for smart growth and development as it relates to transportation.

What the CTP is not:

  • A plan for specific roadways alignments.
  • A transportation funding schedule.
  • An outline for the scheduling of new projects.
  • A permanent document without opportunity for revision.
  • About one project, one form of transportation, one roadway, or one community.

Why does Moore County need a CTP? A CTP benefits the citizens and businesses of Moore County in many ways. It offers a map for future development and smart growth, and better positions Moore County’s individual transportation projects to score higher in the prioritization system. This is important because transportation funding is allocated based on a data-driven ranking system and local projects will compete on a statewide level. It also helps local communities preserve areas for future transportation improvements and that ultimately reduces future impacts to neighborhoods, businesses and landscapes.

There are five primary corridors roadways that county leaders, together with Moore County residents, need to determine a vision for as part of the future transportation system.

  1. NC 24/27 near Carthage;
  2. NC 24/27 near Cameron;
  3. US 1 through Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen;
  4. NC 73 and NC 211 near West End; and
  5. A proposed southern route to connect the county’s western communities with the amenities in the east.

As part of developing the county’s CTP, these five focus areas need local consensus on how roadway improvements would best serve the surrounding communities.

The Moore County Charrettes: To engage Moore County residents across the county in the planning process, NCDOT and its local and regional partners, hosted a series of workshops called charrettes in November of 2011. Residents were eager to outline their vision and priorities for the future as agency staff members and participants worked together to find possible solutions and document local preferences for the long-range transportation plan. The results will be used by the MCTC in decision-making process during the development of the CTP.

The Strategic Highway Corridor Vision Plan: Three of the focus area roadways belong to a critical set of highways called Strategic Highway Corridors. In 2004, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources adopted a transportation policy that included the development of the Strategic Highway Corridor Vision Plan. This plan identified a set of important highway corridors that are critical to the movement of people and goods throughout the state.

Response to Moore County’s Request for U.S. 1 Re-classification: Many county residents have expressed the desire to see U.S. 1 re-classified from its current freeway designation. NCDOT has agreed to begin the necessary analysis to determine the future travel demand along all of the focus area corridors based on local growth and development. Additionally, NCDOT will consider viable alternative design concepts for the US 1 corridor.

A viable alternative must:

  • Be safe;
  • Provide effective access to and efficient passage through the county;
  • Accommodate projected future traffic;
  • Comply with state regulations for intrastate system facilities; and
  • Meet Federal requirements of evaluating impacts to under-represented populations.

NCDOT will analyze current and future traffic, local travel patterns, and projected growth and development. This information will be provided to county leaders and the public at various steps in the process. NCDOT is committed to working collaboratively within the framework of federal and state transportation law to find solutions that balance statewide, county, and community needs with local priorities.

Community Involvement

For Moore County Transportation Committee Approval – Final Employment and Socio-Economic Data


Moore County Transportation Committee Meetings






Maps_Growth Indicators by planning jurisdiction and TAZ:











November 2011 Charrette Report and Databases

See attached files:

Comments Database:

Solutions Database:

The Carthage Beta meeting held Oct. 27 was a training session for NCDOT staff members and local Moore County technical and planning staff members. The Carthage Town Commissioners provided a list of residents and town stakeholder's who represented the community's concerns surrounding improvements to NC 24/27 and the Town of Carthage.

Click the link below to see maps created during the training session.

January 2012 Midway and Moore County NAACP Report and Databases

See attached files:

Comments Database:

Solutions Database:

View maps of US 1, NC 24/27 and the Western Connector created by the public.


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For past agendas, meeting minutes, presentations, and maps on current conditions of Cameron, Carthage, West End and U.S. 1, click here.

Contact Information

Scott Walston, PE