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2/23/2012



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North Carolina DOT seeks public input on long-range transportation plan


Yesterday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) held a summit to educate the public and members of local area metropolitan and rural planning organizations about the constraints of limited funding for long-term transportation projects.

“We will have $63 billion in needs from 2018 to 2022 and only $10 billion to pay for them,” said North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti in a prepared statement. “Getting feedback from local leaders and the public is critical to helping us determine how to spend every dollar to better serve North Carolinians.”

Summit participants used an interactive tool to show how they would distribute the $10 billion projected to be available over the next five years. NCDOT officials plan to use the feedback to help develop the state’s next transportation improvement program for the period between 2018 and 2022.

A draft transportation improvement program is expected to be released in June. NCDOT officials then plan to seek further public comments on the plan. The department then would make any necessary changes and recommend a final plan to the North Carolina Board of Transportation for adoption in June 2013.


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