Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:16

NCDOT offering public comment opportunity on Division 8 Projects

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CARTHAGE — Area residents will get a chance to learn more about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s draft 10-Year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at a week-long open house in Moore County next week.

The department unveiled its proposed funding and construction plan in January with more than 1,600 transportation projects across the state.

The list includes 19 new projects and one accelerated project for Division 8, which covers Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties. Projects were selected based on technical data and input from local officials and the public. A list of the projects in the draft plan and additional information is available on the NCDOT website.

The transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first five years are considered committed, while projects in the final five years of the draft 10-year plan will be re-evaluated again as part of the development process for the 2022-2031 plan. That will start later this year.

Each of the department’s 14 highway divisions are hosting a week-long public comment opportunity on the projects in the current draft plan. In Division 8, it will be held March 4-8 during normal business hours at the division office located at 121 DOT Drive in Carthage. The contact is Bryan Kluchar, who can be reached at 910-773-8021.

The sessions will serve as opportunities for interested residents to review maps and handouts about the projects, ask questions of local NCDOT staff and submit comments.

Those who can’t visit the division office next week can submit comments online through April 15.

The Board of Transportation will consider adopting the plan this summer.