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. A public open house will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Wilson for projects in NCDOT's Division Four, which includes Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties.
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.
To help determine these priorities, each division is asking local residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation improvements are most important during a 30-day public comment period ending Wednesday, Feb. 12. 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.
The open house for Division Four will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wilson Agricultural Center, located at 1806 SW Goldsboro Street in Wilson. In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Division Four Program and Schedule Support Manager Jimmy Eatmon at email@example.com or regular mail to NCDOT Division Four, Attention: STI, 509 Ward Blvd., Wilson, N.C. 27895. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.
The Strategic Transportation Investments 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. 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 Eatmon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 237-6164 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.