In 2013, the NC Legislature adopted the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law which established a process for allocating transportation funding based on data-driven scores and local input. Statewide transportation capital funds are divided into three funding tiers: Statewide Mobility (40%), Regional Impact (30%), and Division Needs (40%). Projects compete for funding at the different tiers based on detailed eligibility criteria. Data-driven scores are calculated at all tiers, with competition at the Statewide Mobility tier entirely based on quantitative scores and competition at the Regional Impact and Division Needs tiers based on a combination of quantitative scores and local input. The prioritization process is a roughly 2-year process that occurs every two years. The result of the process is the programming of transportation funds to specific projects in the STIP (see below). The first STIP developed under the STI law was Prioritization 3.0. The current STIP was developed under Prioritization 4.0. The current round of transportation prioritization is Prioritization 5.0.
On August 18, 2017, the Cape Fear RPO Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) adopted the official list of unfunded projects to be submitted to compete for funding in Prioritization 5.0. That list of projects will be added to a number of additional projects that automatically compete for funding, including those that were funded in the STIP but where funding is not committed and those that are unfunded but related to committed projects.
On November 17, 2017, the Cape Fear RPO Rural Transportation Advisory Committee adopted a preliminary local input methodology for how to prioritize local transportation projects competing for funding. The preliminary methodology has been approved by NCDOT with minimal changes, and the final methodology will be adopted by the RTAC in February 2018. The quantitative scores for all projects competing in Prioritization 5.0 are scheduled to be released in late March 2018 along with project funded at the Statewide Mobility tier. The Cape Fear RPO will then begin analyzing the project scores and following an adopted local input methodology to prioritize its projects and assign local input points. The assigned local input points will then be combined with local input points from NCDOT Division Engineers and the project quantitative scores at the Regional Impact and Division Needs tiers to develop a prioritized list of projects that will form the basis for the 2020-2029 STIP. As more information is available it will be reported here.
State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
In August 2017, after a nearly two-year process, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved, the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies transportation projects that will receive funding from 2018 to 2027. An excerpt of the STIP containing only the projects in the Cape Fear RPO area can be downloaded HERE and the map below shows all projects that were funded across the state. The 2018-2027 STIP was developed using Prioritization 4.0. Additional information about development of the STIP, the STI law, and the Prioritization process, can be found HERE.
STIP Project Map
The interactive map below shows all the projects included in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program. Click on a project for more details.