It takes the N.C. Department of Transportation about two years to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program. The process, as outlined in the table below, is broken into three main phases: strategic prioritization, programming and scheduling, and review and approval.
|Strategic prioritization||NCDOT uses a transparent, data-driven method for prioritizing transportation investment decisions. |
Potential improvement projects are submitted to NCDOT to be scored and ranked at the statewide, regional and division levels based on approved criteria such as safety, congestion, benefit-cost and local priorities.
These scores and other factors are used to determine whether a project receives funding.
|Programming and scheduling||Once all scores and rankings are established, NCDOT uses this information as a primary factor in determining project schedules. |
Other considerations and requirements – such as the completion of environmental and engineering plans, spending caps, and federal and state funding restrictions – must also be applied to fully develop and complete the picture before projects are scheduled.