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Public Meeting on NCDOT Local Input for Highway Projects is Tuesday

Highway 160(July 10, 2014) North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division 10, which includes Mecklenburg County, will be holding a Public Meeting on its P3.0 Local Input Points Assignment next Tuesday, July 15 at 4:00 at the Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center in Charlotte.

Division 10 staff currently are in the process of coordinating point assignments to projects with local officials within NCDOT Division 10. Their point assignments are currently in the draft stage and are still subject to change. They will be doing a presentation on the process at the public meeting as well as presenting their draft point assignments to projects. The public meeting kicks off a 30 day comment period, so the draft point assignments are still subject to change between now and the end of August as the process moves forward.

Two projects still under consideration for funding are improvements to the Hamilton Road/Steele Creek Road (Highway 160) intersection, and widening Steele Creek Road from Shopton Road West to S Tryon Street.

At the meeting of the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) today, staff reported that they had met with NCDOT Division staff and compared which projects they planned to assign local input points to. They said that NCDOT did not plan to assign local input points to the improvements to the intersection of Hamilton Road and Steele Creek Road. Without local points from both CRTPO and NCDOT Division 10, this project is less likely to be selected for funding during the next five-year period.

Scoring for Regional Impact Highway Projects

70% - Data Driven
NCDOT released draft Quantitative Scores on May 14. Various factors were considered, including congestion, safety, cost effectiveness, and others.

15% - MPO Local Input Points
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) assign up to 100 points to each project. CRTPO is the MPO for the Charlotte area and has allocated 2400 points among 25 projects. The maximum 100 points times 15% gives the 15% maximum allocation for each project in the MPO.

15% - NCDOT Regional Engineer Local Input Points
Division 10, which includes Mecklenburg County, also will be assigning local input points with the maximum allocation of 15% for each project.   

Details for the Public Meeting are

Tuesday, July 15
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center
2327 Tipton Drive (off Statesville Avenue near I-85)
Charlotte, NC 28213

CRTPO is still accepting comments to their local input points allocation until July 21. The public also may speak at the July 16 CRTPO meeting, which will begin at 6:00 PM in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. See Comment Period is Open on Local Input for Hwy 160 Funding.

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