RALEIGH ? The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), This is the first STIP developed under the new Strategic Transportation Investments law, which established the Strategic Mobility Formula.
A regional meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, in Kenansville for NCDOT Divisions 2 and 3. Division 2 includes Pitt, Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Carteret, Lenoir and Greene counties. Division 3 covers Pender, New Hanover, Duplin, Sampson, Brunswick and Onslow counties.
The informal meeting will be held in Room 100 of the Zettie Brinson Williams Building at 133 James Sprunt Drive, on the campus of James Sprunt Community College on N.C. 11 near its intersections with N.C. 50 and N.C. 24. From 4 to 7 p.m. the public can stop in, ask questions and provide feedback on the process the department used to develop the Draft STIP.
Anyone who cannot attend a session in person, can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool. They will also have the option of participating through a webcast on April 23 during the statewide information session. Webinar details will be posted on both MindMixer and the STI Public Meetings page.
During the past year and a half, NCDOT has been working with the legislature, local planning organizations, and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025 State 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-707-6072 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
NCDOT also will provide interpretive services upon request for persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English. Anyone requesting these services should do so prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.