Work on the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program began in May 2016, when the N.C. Department of Transportation released data for nearly 2,000 projects for highway and non-highway modes (aviation, rail, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry and public transportation) across North Carolina.
Division engineers, along with metropolitan and rural planning organizations, collected public input and ranked potential projects, as required by law.
To calculate a final score for each project, NCDOT combined the technical score and the score used to rank the project by the division engineer, MPO or RPO. Those on the statewide level were scored based entirely on data.
NCDOT used these final scores – along with environmental and engineering information – to create a draft of the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program, encompassing approximately 1,200 projects.
After the release of the Draft STIP in January 2017, NCDOT hosted regional information sessions from March 28, 2017, to May 9, 2017, to gather public input on the process that produced the Draft STIP. Feedback was also collected online.
During that same time, the department implemented changes to accelerate projects in the STIP. This, along with an updated revenue forecast, allowed NCDOT to fund an additional 144 projects.
The 2018-2027 STIP was initially scheduled to be approved by the N.C. Board of Transportation at its June 2017 meeting, but approval was delayed to allow time to update the document to reflect these changes.
Based on these adjustments, NCDOT on June 28, 2017, released an updated version of the Draft STIP to include an additional 82 highway projects, 20 bicycle/pedestrian projects, 20 transit projects, 11 aviation projects, 10 rail projects and one ferry project. (View a list of changes between the January Draft STIP and the amended Draft STIP.)
NCDOT then hosted another public comment period, from June 28 to July 12, 2017, before the Board of Transportation approved the final STIP on Aug. 3, 2017.