Transportation Project Prioritization Introduction

The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization (CFRPO), in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), goes through a process to identify and prioritize transportation projects for inclusion in the state’s next Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This process, known as “Prioritization”, is directly tied to the Strategic Transportation Investments law that passed the NC General Assembly in 2013.

The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law 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 (30%). 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).

As information becomes available throughout this process, it will be added to this site to make the information widely available to the public.

We welcome your comments and feedback on the prioritization of transportation projects. Please feel free to attend any of our meetings, which are all open to the public, or to write/call us. We have a time for public comment at the beginning of each RTCC and RTAC meeting. You may reach CFRPO staff by email at or by phone at (910) 274-0349. You may also send written correspondence to: Cape Fear RPO, Attn. Sam Boswell, 1480 Harbour Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7776.

Prioritization 7.0 - 2026-2035 Draft STIP

Important dates to remember in the Prioritization 7.0 process (updated March 2024):

October 27, 2023:

  • Final Project Submittals due in SPOT On!ine.

October 27, 2023:

  • Area-Specific Weights due.

May 2024:

  • Quantitative scores released with draft Statewide programming results.

May 2024:

  • May 1st – Local Input Point Methodology must be approved. 

May 28 to August 30, 2024:

  • Regional Impact Local Input window.

September 23 to November 29, 2024:

  • Division Needs Local Input window.

January 2025:

Draft 2026-2035 STIP Released

P6.0 - 2024-2033 Current STIP