In August 2017, after a nearly two-year process, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved, the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program, which identifies transportation projects that will receive funding from 2018 to 2027.
The document – the second 10-year plan developed under the 2013 Strategic Transportation Investments law – consists of 750 highway projects across North Carolina and is estimated to support at least 300,000 jobs.
The data-driven approach to identify projects – called Prioritization – yielded a comprehensive State Transportation Improvement Program with about 1,200 projects funded across all 100 North Carolina counties and all modes of transportation.
NCDOT identified ways accelerate hundreds of projects, which allowed an additional 144 projects to be funded. This resulted in a total of 1,367 projects in the STIP.
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2018-2027 STIP (Divisions 1-7)
2018-2027 STIP (Divisions 8-14)
The 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program is made up of 1,367 projects, including 344 non-highway projects (e.g. aviation, public transit, rail, etc.), in every county across the state.
Also included in the total number of projects are 220 interstate maintenance and bridge projects and 53 safety projects that are prioritized under what are called "alternate criteria." Alternate criteria projects undergo a separate prioritization process.
Below is a breakdown of the number of projects by transportation and funding categories.
|Projects Scored Using Strategic Prioritization
|Projects Scored Using Alternate Criteria
Projects in the 2018-2027 Strategic Transportation Improvement Program were determined based on strategic prioritization at the statewide, regional and division levels – the three categories in which NCDOT distributes funding – as well as public feedback and other factors. Those factors include the completion of environmental studies and engineering plans, corridor spending caps and federal and state funding restrictions.
STIP Projects Map
The interactive map below shows all the projects included in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program.
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The following are examples of the critical connections made possible in the 2018-2027 Strategic Transportation Improvement Program under the Strategic Mobility Formula.
|Western North Carolina
- Building the I-40/Blue Ridge Road interchange in Buncombe County to improve access to Black Mountain (STIP I-4409)
- Widening I-26 from U.S. 64 to I-40 in Asheville to improve travel for commuters and facilitate freight movement (STIP I-4400, I-4700)
- Expanding U.S. 601 to a four-lane road to connect commercial centers in Surry County (STIP R-5836)
- Widening U.S. 21 from N.C. 24 (Harris Boulevard) to Westmoreland Road in Mecklenburg County (STIP U-5767, U-5771)
- Widening N.C. 73 from N.C. 16 Business to U.S. 29 in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties (STIP R-5721)
- Widening I-85 from U.S. 74 to South Carolina in Gaston and Cleveland counties to improve mobility in a key freight corridor (STIP I-5985)
|Central North Carolina
|Eastern North Carolina
- Widening U.S. 17 to four lanes in Martin and Beaufort counties, which is part of improving the U.S. 17 corridor, a hurricane evacuation route (STIP R-2511)
- Strengthening and widening the runway at Duplin County Airport to encourage more corporate jet traffic (STIP AV-5842)
- Building the U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass from N.C. 210 to U.S. 17 north of Hampstead in Pender County (STIP R-3300)
- Widening N.C. 87 from N.C. 11 to U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County (STIP R-2561C)
- Building a freight rail line along the National Gateway Corridor to support the new Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal in Edgecombe County, which will create jobs and position North Carolina to lead in intermodal freight movement (STIP P-5711)
Developing the 2018-2027 Plan
Work on the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program began in May 2016, when the N.C. Department of Transportation released data for nearly 2,000 projects for highway and non-highway modes (aviation, rail, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry and public transportation) across North Carolina.
Division engineers, along with metropolitan and rural planning organizations, collected public input and ranked potential projects, as required by law.
To calculate a final score for each project, NCDOT combined the technical score and the score used to rank the project by the division engineer, MPO or RPO. Those on the statewide level were scored based entirely on data.
NCDOT used these final scores – along with environmental and engineering information – to create a draft of the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program, encompassing approximately 1,200 projects.
After the release of the Draft STIP in January 2017, NCDOT hosted regional information sessions from March 28, 2017, to May 9, 2017, to gather public input on the process that produced the Draft STIP. Feedback was also collected online.
During that same time, the department implemented changes to accelerate projects in the STIP. This, along with an updated revenue forecast, allowed NCDOT to fund an additional 144 projects.
The 2018-2027 STIP was initially scheduled to be approved by the N.C. Board of Transportation at its June 2017 meeting, but approval was delayed to allow time to update the document to reflect these changes.
Based on these adjustments, NCDOT on June 28, 2017, released an updated version of the Draft STIP to include an additional 82 highway projects, 20 bicycle/pedestrian projects, 20 transit projects, 11 aviation projects, 10 rail projects and one ferry project. (View a list of changes between the January Draft STIP and the amended Draft STIP.)
NCDOT then hosted another public comment period, from June 28 to July 12, 2017, before the Board of Transportation approved the final STIP on Aug. 3.