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Public Invited to Give Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

RALEIGH -The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your input on itsDraft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)and how it was developed. This is the first STIP developed under the newStrategic Transportation Investments law,which established theStrategic Mobility Formula.

NCDOT will hold a regional meeting Thursday, April 16, in Waynesville for residents of Divisions 13 and 14. Division 13 includes the counties of Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey. Division 14 includes Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Polk, Swain, and Transylvania counties.

The informal drop-in session is from 4-7pm in the Haywood Community College Regional High-Tech Center Lobby and Auditorium, 112 Industrial Park Drive. You can learn more about the process, ask questions of NCDOT engineers, and offer feedback used to develop the Draft STIP.

Those who want to participate but cannot be at the college at that time can easily view the materials and submit comments electronically throughMindMixer,an online public engagement tool. There is also an opportunity to take part in a statewide information webcast April 23. Webinar details will be posted on both MindMixer and theSTI Public Meetingspage.

During the past year and a half, NCDOT has worked with the state legislature, local planning organizations and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025State Transportation Improvement Program.

NCDOT is asking the public to provide feedback on:

The process to develop the STIP and ideas for improvement

The variety and geographic diversity of the projects

The 2016-2025 Draft STIP, is one of the department's most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,073 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties.

The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June, which will be the final step in implementing STI. Feedback from the information sessions will be used by the Prioritization Workgroup to determine changes to the process for the next round of project prioritization and development of the 2018-2027 STIP.

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 Anamika Laad atalaad@ncdot.gov or 919-707-6072 as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

NCDOT will also provide interpreti

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM

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