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N.C. Department of Transportation Public Meeting Regarding Projects in North Carolina Sand Hills is tonight

Meeting to take place at NCDOT Division Traffic Services Office in Carthage

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state's new Strategic Transportation Investments law.

In Division 8, which includes Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties, the open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 17 at the Division Traffic Services Office, 150 DOT Drive in Carthage.

Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 "Strategic Transportation Investments," overhauls the way North Carolina funds transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state's transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

The law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division level with the goal of meeting the state's top priorities while still addressing individualized local needs.

To help determine these priorities, each division is asking local residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation improvements are most important. Projects can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or traffic signal, and can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.

Written comments can be submitted via email at mwbowman@ncdot.gov or regular mail at STI, PO Box 1067, Aberdeen N.C. 28315. The comment period for this division has been extended to accommodate this new date. All comments must be received by Monday, Feb. 24.

More information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how it works, and the public meetings can be found on the NCDOT website.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Misty Bowman at 910-944-2344 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM