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Become a Leader in Your Community

Resources to Help You Get Involved

You can get involved at many points in the transportation planning process — and getting involved early and often is best. Some routine and emergency repair projects can move quickly, while other more complex projects may need significant planning and phased funding. Recognize that your involvement may need to take place over months or even years it can take to proceed from a plan to a project.

Public Involvement

When the public is involved in a transportation plan or project, the agency is responsible for providing opportunity for engagement by interested groups in the community. This includes:

  • Racial and ethnic
  • Low-income
  • Older adults and younger people
  • limited English proficiency
  • low literacy
  • disabilities
  • Tribal governments
  • Immigrant and refugees

Agencies should hold meetings and hearings in places where the community naturally gathers that are:

  • Accessible to people with disabilities and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Conveniently located
  • Agencies can host virtual meetings and use digital engagement methods
  • Reachable by transit and paratransit

NCDOT makes materials available two weeks in advance for project development for most projects. Effective engagement includes a combination of written and non-written communication, such as:

  • Graphics and mapping tools to allow you to visualize information
  • Personal interviews and audio/video recordings to gather your input

People who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, can receive interpreting services upon request by calling 1-800-481-6494. This statement is placed on all meeting/outreach notifications.

Here are some ways you can get involved today!

Citizens helping review construction plans

Attend a public meeting and provide feedback.

Upcoming NCDOT Public Meetings
Man engaging with the commmunity online

Look for ways to provide comments online or in person by visiting a transportation agency’s website.

NCDOT Public Engagement Hub
Man using the phone to contact the department

Contact elected officials and staff at your local and state transportation agencies.

NCDOT Contact Us

What if you don’t get the outcome you want?

Even after going through the public involvement process, some projects may not be built or an alternative that you did not like might be chosen for construction. There are several factors that are involved in the process including safety, funding, design constraints, available right-of-way, utility constraints, environmental considerations, etc. When the process does not yield the result you want:

  • Speak to the planner, the project manager or the public involvement representative at the transportation agency. They can help you to better understand why the decision was made and how you can be involved in the next project or plan.
  • Get involved early for future projects.
  • Stay encouraged and encourage others to stay in the process.
Man giving feedback online about the community

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