Sunday, July 21, 2024

NCDOT wants to hear from the public on statewide transportation projects

Wilmington’s rail realignment plan would take miles of freight rail in the city and turn it into a light rail public transit system. The project would require major infrastructure investments, including a new rail bridge over the Cape Fear, and could cost upward of $1 billion. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)
As NCDOT considers projects to include in its next STIP for 2026-2035, it’s asking the public to provide feedback. (Port City Daily/file)

Along with the opportunity for Cape Fear residents to comment on local transportation projects, they can offer feedback on statewide improvements.

READ MORE: WMPO seeks input on transportation project submittals for potential state funding

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be considering projects for its future 10-year Strategic Transportation Improvement Program this fall. Throughout the month of August, the public can submit comments on items they want to see included in the plan, which will cover 2026-2035.

Project priorities can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turning lane or traffic signal; they can also cover a range of modal methods, including pedestrian and bicycle, aviation, ferry, roadway, public transit and rail.

Feedback can be submitted online here or by dropping off in-person comments to local division offices. A list of weeklong open houses are scheduled this month.

For Division 3, which includes Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Sampson and Onslow counties, visit 5505 Barbados Blvd. in Castle Hayne or contact Adrienne Cox at 910-341-2000 or by email

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