The N.C. 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.
North Carolina's Strategic Transportation Investments law also focuses 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 NCDOT's Doing for N.C.'s Military
Projects such as the completion of I-295 around Fayetteville and the U.S. 70 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, NCDOT's commitment to improving the everyday lives of defense personnel is second to none.
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.
Fayetteville Outer Loop Completion (U-2519)
Connecting Fort Bragg to the strategic I-95 corridor to enhance mobility options for North Carolina's military through a nearly $500,000 million investment.
Murchison Road Upgrades (U-4444)
An $85 million, six-lane widening project from the Outer Loop to Spring Lake to allow the closure of Bragg Boulevard through Fort Bragg.
Base Access (W-5602)
A $3.2 million gate improvement project allowing for easier access to Camp Lejeune.
MCAS Cherry Point
U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass (R-1015)
A nearly $200 million investment to improve the mobility around Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and other destinations.
MCAS Cherry Point
Slocum Gate Upgrade (R-5516)
A $2.3 million gate improvement project allowing easier access to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Elizabeth City Coast Guard
Runway Extensions (AV-5770)
Nearly $4 million in improvements at Coast Station – Elizabeth City will increase the safety and capabilities of one of the largest and busiest U.S. Coast Guard stations in the country.
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, then projecting origin-destination tables through the North Carolina Statewide Travel Demand Model. Finally, the 10-year identified projects are derived from the State Transportation Improvement Program.