Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

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The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and how it was developed. This is the first STIP developed under the new Strategic Transportation Investments law, which established the Strategic Mobility Formula.

NCDOT will hold a regional meeting on Monday, April 13, in Hickory for paired divisions 11 and 12. Division 11 includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Division 12 includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.

The informal meeting will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Government Offices, located at 1880 2nd Avenue NW, Hickory, NC, 28349, from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in, ask questions and provide feedback on the process the department used to develop the Draft STIP.

Anyone who cannot attend a session in person, can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool. They will also have the option of participating through a webcast on April 23 during the statewide information session. Webinar details will be posted on both MindMixer and the STI Public Meetings page.

During the past year and a half, NCDOT has worked with the state legislature, local planning organizations and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program.

NCDOT is asking the public to provide feedback on:

·      The process to develop the STIP and ideas for improvement

·      The variety and geographic diversity of the projects

The 2016-2025 Draft STIP, is one of the department’s most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,073 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties.

The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June, which will be the final step in implementing STI. Feedback from the information sessions will be used by the Prioritization Workgroup to determine changes to the process for the next round of project prioritization and development of the 2018-2027 STIP.

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 Anamika Laad at alaad@ncdot.govor 919-707-6072 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.

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