DOT seeks Scotland’s input on priorities

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CARTHAGE – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from Scotland County residents on what they think should be the top transportation projects.

There will be an open house to gather public input on Thursday at the Division 8 Traffic Services Office, located at 150 DOT Drive in Carthage. The meeting is open to people living in DOT District that includes Scotland, Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond counties.

Residents can drop in anytime during those hours to learn about the projects the division proposes to submit for prioritization and provide feedback on them.

The list of projects can be viewed at the meeting or by contacting NCDOT Division Eight Planning Engineer Darius Sturdivant at [email protected]

“Local input is critical to let us know what residents think of the projects we want to submit,” said Division Eight Engineer Rob Stone. “At the beginning of that process is when local voices can have the most impact on determining which projects may receive future funding.”

Each NCDOT transportation division will submit its transportation priorities for funding, and is asking area residents for their input on those projects. Residents can also submit proposals for projects, which can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or intersection improvement. Proposals can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.

Maintenance projects such as patching potholes and resurfacing, however, undergo a separate scoring and priority ranking process. They are not a subject of these meetings.

The STIP is NCDOT’s 10-year transportation plan, and it is updated every two years. The N.C. Board of Transportation approved the current STIP, for year 2016 to 2025, in June.

The Strategic Transportation Investments law established the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and local (division) levels. This allows NCDOT to meet the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local transportation needs.

During a 30-day public comment period from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, each transportation division will host an open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities.

In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to NCDOT Division Eight Planning Engineer Darius Sturdivant at [email protected] or 902 N Sandhills Blvd. in Aberdeen by phone at (910) 944-2344. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

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 Jamille Robbins at [email protected] or call 919-707-6085 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

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