STEELE CREEK NEWS
is Open on Local Input for Hwy 160
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)
has opened a 30-day public comment period to obtain public input on
its draft list of projects that are proposed to receive local input
points as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's
Prioritization 3.0 process.
Prioritization is NCDOTís decision making tool for developing the
next Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a listing of
projects to be funded and delivered within an upcoming five-year
CRTPO is proposing to
assign local input points to two Regional Impact projects in Steele
Creek. (Click here for
Map and List.)
Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) from Shopton Road West to S Tryon
Street - ID H111172-B - Widen to multi-lanes including bike
lanes and sidewalks. $38,965,000.
The Regional Impact
Quantitative Score for this project (29.60) ranked 8th among CRTPO
projects in Region E.
of Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) and Hamilton Road - ID H142094 -
intersection of NC Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) and Hamilton Road
for additional capacity consistent with the future Steele Creek Rd
cross section - $1,628,000.
This project was not
included in CRTPO's
2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
(MTP). It was submitted instead by NCDOT District 10. It actually
had the highest Regional Impact Quantitative Score (42.43) among
CRTPO projects in Region E, which includes Mecklenburg and Union
Heavy traffic at this
intersection of two two-lane roads with no left turn lanes creates
significant backups, especially during rush hours.
The other Highway 160
project under consideration (widening from S Tryon Street to the South Carolina line)
ranked 24 among CRTPO projects in Region E and its
Regional Impact Quantitative Score of 21.53 was too low for it to
proceed into the local input points assignment phase.
Thus two Highway 160
projects (widening from Shopton Road West to S Tryon Street and
improving the Steele Creek Road/Hamilton Road intersection) are
still under consideration for funding in the FY 2016-2020
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The assignment of
local input points by CRTPO will ensure these projects remain in
contention for funding and completion by 2020.
The third Highway
160 project, its widening from S Tryon Street to the state line,
ranks too low for consideration for the next TIP. Fortunately,
the local NCDOT division office determined that the key
intersection on that section should be considered on its own
merit and identified it as a high priority project. Otherwise,
there likely would be no improvements in the near future for the
section of Highway 160 south of S Tryon Street.
If you would like
to express support for CRTPO's plan to assign local input points
to the two Highway 160 projects, you may use this
FORM to send your comments by July 21 to:
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.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth St., 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Or you may speak at
the July 16 CRTPO
meeting, which will begin at 6:00 P.M. in Room 267 of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
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