Shared by IRPO: Division 13 Seeks Public Input on Next STIP

ASHEVILLE – Citizens are encouraged to provide their input on which projects they would like to see evaluated in the next N.C. Department of Transportation State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The plan includes the projects that the state intends to fund in a 10-year period and is updated every two years to reflect the state’s current financial situation. In the first phase of creating the draft, local NCDOT divisions and planning organizations submit projects for consideration for funding. Projects are then evaluated using a data-driven prioritization process and projects that score highly enough are included in the STIP.

This public comment period will provide feedback as divisions submit projects for the 2020-2029 STIP. The 2018-2027 STIP will be finalized in August.

Each division will hold drop-in office hours for a week-long period to provide members of the public flexibility. To give suggestions and hear about potential projects in Division 13, which includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties, residents can stop by the Division 13 Office from July 31 to Aug. 4. The office is located at 55 Orange St. in Asheville and is open for public comment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to these open office hours, from July 31 to Aug. 31 residents may submit comments to Division 13 Senior Planning Engineer Brendan Merithew at (828) 251-6171 or bwmerithew@ncdot.gov, or by visiting NCDOT’s website.