Wednesday, February 8, 2023

NCDOT welcomes public input on draft of next 10-year statewide transportation plan

Pender County will be working with the NCDOT on its planned Hampstead Median Project to build bicycle lanes on a roughly 5-mile stretch of U.S. 17 between Washington Acres Road to Sloop Point Loop Road. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
NCDOT released a draft of its next 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program and the public is welcome to offer feedback through Oct. 28. (Port City Daily/file)

The state transportation agency is offering a weeklong opportunity for the public to learn about projects scheduled for the Cape Fear area in the coming years.

The N.C. Department of Transportation released an updated draft of its 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in August that could impact hundreds of needed roadwork improvements in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

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From Sept. 19 to 23, the public can visit the NCDOT Division 3 office, 5501 Barbados Blvd. in Castle Hayne to learn more. The sessions will provide opportunities to review the funding and proposed schedules for projects, ask questions of local NCDOT officials and submit feedback. Community input will be accepted on the draft STIP through Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. and an online survey is also available.

Projects range in large-scale interstate changes to new turn lanes and priorities are slated for all types of transportation including highways, aviation, bicycle and pedestrian paths, ferry, public transportation and rail. This does not include maintenance issues such as patching, paving, potholes or ditches.

Disabled individuals will be provided auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in offering feedback.

NCDOT released the first draft version of the next 10-year STIP in May but revised the schedule and funding framework once the state decided to divert sales tax monies to the effort.

Following community input and requests from planning organizations, NCDOT will produce a final draft STIP that state transportation officials will vote to adopt next summer.


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