Under North Carolina G.S. 136-28.4
, the N.C. Department of Transportation every five years conducts a disparity study that focuses on the availability and utilization of disadvantaged, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in let contracts for planning, design, preconstruction, construction, alteration or maintenance of state transportation infrastructure.
The most recent study
, completed in 2014, found ample evidence that race and gender remain barriers to the full and fair opportunity to participate in NCDOT's contracts and associated subcontracts.