ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects. The Draft 2018-2027 STIP includes 1,421 projects, including 1,123 highway and 298 non-highway projects (aviation, public transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian) in every county across the state.
During the past year and a half, NCDOT has been working with local planning organizations, the public and other stakeholders across the state to develop the document, which was released in January. The feedback will be used as NCDOT finalizes the 2018-2027 STIP and in the development of the next STIP, for years 2020-2029. The document is updated every two years and the update process for the next STIP will begin late this summer.
NCDOT will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 20, in Hickory for Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties and Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.
The informal meeting will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Government Offices, 1880 2nd Ave. NW, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is invited to stop in anytime during the meeting. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can view the information online and submit their comments by email, phone or mail. The draft document and contact information are available on the website.
The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2018-2027 STIP in June.
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 Diane Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-707-6073 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.