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. |
Through the process, potential transportation 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 project scores and rankings are established in Strategic Prioritization, 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 of when individual projects are scheduled.