RALEIGH -Transportation officials released an updated version of the state's draft 10-year transportation plan that was released in January. The plan was revised based on updated revenue projections and now includes an additional 144 projects totaling $2.5 billion. In addition, NCDOT's efforts to streamline project delivery are also allowing acceleration on about 350 projects in the plan. New projects include:
"Being able to add these projects and accelerate others aligns with our goals of expediting project delivery and promoting economic growth to improve quality of life for all North Carolinians," said State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon. The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes. NCDOT will now hold a public comment period from June 28 to July 12 on the updated version of the document. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 707-6073. The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August. More information about the STIP and how transportation projects are funded is available online at ncdot.gov/strategictransportationinvestments/.