Wednesday 16 Oct 2019


NCDOT’s Division 4 Plan Has 122 Projects

More than 1,700 projects are included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s final draft of its 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week. The State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, includes projects across all transportation modes and in every county in the state.

The complete draft STIP list can be found on this NCDOT website.

In Division 4, which includes Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties, there are 122 projects. Among the improvements planned are:

  • Upgrade U.S. 70 to future Interstate 42 between Pondfield Road in Johnston County and the U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass in Wayne County, construction starting in 2027
  • In Wayne County, widen Wayne Memorial Drive between New Hope Road and the U.S. 70 Bypass, construction starting in 2024

“These are important projects that will keep up with our region’s growth,” said Gus Tulloss, a Rocky Mount member of the state Board of Transportation who represents the division. “And they will make traveling easier and safer and also promote new economic opportunities.”

The department’s 10-year transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first six years of the plan are considered committed and are not re-evaluated when a new plan is developed. Projects in the final four years of each plan are prioritized again based on technical data, as well as input from local officials and residents.

The overall statewide list includes 1,319 highway projects, 86 aviation, 234 bike and pedestrian, six ferry, 23 public transit and 50 rail projects selected on statewide, regional and division levels. The projects were prioritized based on technical data as well as input from local officials and residents.

Included in the draft STIP plan are more than 200 projects worth about $2.5 billion that are expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2019-2020.

The draft plan includes 385 changes in highway projects from the initial draft STIP 2020-2029 released in January. Some are new projects, while others have had schedule adjustments.

The N.C. Board of Transportation is expected to consider final approval of the draft plan at its September meeting.

More information about the STIP and how transportation projects are funded is available on the NCDOT website.

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