- Transportation officials today announced that 16 new transportation projects in Division 7, which encompasses Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Caswell and Rockingham counties, are in the updated version
of the state's draft 10-Year transportation plan.
New projects for the area include:
- U.S. 70 Widening between I-785/I-840 and Rock Creek Dairy Road in Guilford County; and
- I-85 Widening between west of U.S. 70 in Orange County to Durham.
Accelerated projects include:
- Accelerated the construction of the N.C. 119 Mebane Bypass between Mebane Rogers Road and existing N.C. 119 in Alamance County by three years; and
- Accelerated the construction of the Greensboro Loop between Lawndale Avenue to U.S. 29 in Guilford County by one year.
"In total, Division 7 is slated to receive one additional bicycle and pedestrian project as well as 11 highway, one rail and three transit projects," said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. "Once complete, these projects will improve the transportation system by improving safety, reducing congestion, and enhancing economic development by creating job opportunities throughout the Piedmont Triad region," said Division 7 Board Member Michael Fox. The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes 144 new projects and hundreds of projects with accelerated construction schedules. The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns. The plan 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 on the updated version of the document. The public comment period will run from June 28 to July 12. 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/.