Public Comment Period Extended Through 5 PM on Thurs. Feb. 20 for NCDOT Transportation Priorities

This is an update to an earlier release.  Of particular concern is the Mid-Currituck Bridge.  Please make time to share your comments related to transportation priorities.  The original deadline for public comments was February 12, but this has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on February 20 for Division One.   Written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Divison One Planning Engineer Gretchen Byrum at gabyrum@ncdot.gov or regular mail to NCDOT Division One, Attention: STI, 113 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Edenton, NC 27932-509.  All comments for Division 1 must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2014.,  To learn more about the Mid-Currituck Bridge, click here or visit the Build The Bridge site here.

Meeting to take place at Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center in Plymouth

Raleigh—The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law.

Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 “Strategic Transportation Investments” overhauls the way North Carolina funds transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

The law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division level with the goal of meeting the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local needs.

In the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT Transportation Divisions across the state will submit its top transportation priorities to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding under the new formula. To help determine these priorities, each division is asking local residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation improvements are most important. Projects can be as large as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or traffic signal, and can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.

Residents can take part in the process by making their suggestions during a 30-day public comment period from Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 12 and for Division One  from Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 20. (Division one  includes Dare and Currituck Counties.  For a map of Divisions, click here). Each Transportation Division will host a public open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities.

In NCDOT’s Division One, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, winter weather forced the cancellation of the open house originally scheduled for earlier this week. The open house has now been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 17 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, located at 207 Research Station Road in Plymouth. The public comment period for this division has been extended to accommodate this new date.

In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Divison One Planning Engineer Gretchen Byrum at gabyrum@ncdot.gov or regular mail to NCDOT Division One, Attention: STI, 113 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Edenton, NC 27932-509.  All comments for Division One must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2014.

More information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how it works, and the public meetings can be found on the NCDOT website.

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 Byrum at gabyrum@ncdot.gov or 252.482.1850 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.