CHARLOTTE TheN.C. Department of Transportationwants to know what you think are the top-priority transportation projects where you live.
Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincolncounties, will holdan open-house style meeting to hear from residents about their ideas for transportation projects. This is part of the process to determine which projectsshould be submitted to compete with other transportation improvements statewide for funding in the next State Transportation Improvement Program.
The Division 12open house is from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.15, atthe Division 12 Office, located at 1710 E. Marion Street in Shelby.Residents can drop in any time during those hours to learn more about the projects the division proposes to submit for prioritization and provide feedback on them. The list of proposed new projects for Division 12can be viewedhere.
Each of the14 NCDOT transportation divisionswill submit its transportation priorities for funding, and the divisions areasking area residents for their input on those projects. Residents can also submit proposals for projects, which can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or intersection improvement. Proposals can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.
"As NCDOT works to prioritize and address Division 12's transportation needs, we look to citizensfor feedback on what projects they'd like to see move forward," said Reuben Chandler, Division 12 engineer. "Public input is an important component of this process."
Maintenance projects such as patching potholes and resurfacing, however, undergo a separate scoring and priority ranking process. They are not a subject of these meetings.
The STIP is NCDOT's 10-year transportation plan, and it is updated every two years. The N.C. Board of Transportation approved the current STIP, for year 2016 to 2025, in June.
TheStrategic Transportation Investmentslaw established theStrategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and local (division) levels. This allows NCDOT to meet the state's top priorities while still addressing individualized local transportation needs.
How to Provide Your Input
During a 30-day public comment period from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, each of the state's transportation divisionswill host an open house, like the one being heldin Division 12.
During this time, written comments related to Division 12projects can be submitted via email to NCDOT Planning Engineer David Keilsonatdpkeilson@ncdot.gov.All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Local planning organizations across the state also submit a list of projects to be scored. For information about the projects yourMetropolitan Planning Organization(MPO) orRural Planning Organization(RPO) plans to submit, please contact them directly. A directory of MPOs is availablehere, and an RPO directory is availablehere.
More information about STI, the STIP, and the public meetings can be found at NCDOT.gov.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under theAmericans with Disabilities Actfor disabled persons who want to participate in t