Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NC Department of Transportation Seeks Your Input

The NCDOT is traveling North Carolina seeking input on top priorities for transportation funding. It is important that the business community speak up about our transportation needs. You are invited to attend the meeting on February 11 from 4 until 7 PM at AB-Tech's Enka Campus. The Chamber will be present to represent our members and we are happy to share your thoughts and concerns. Please, share your thoughts with us at

In lieu of attending the meeting you may also submit comments by emailing them to The deadline for receiving comments is February 12, 2014 by 5 p.m. 

Additional information about the event is available below.

Date: Tuesday, February 11
Time: 4-7 pm
Asheville Buncombe Technical College
Enka Campus
Harvey L. Haynes Building
1465 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715
Below is the press release for the STI public meeting:

Published on January 14, 2014
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law.
Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 “Strategic Transportation Investments,” overhauls the way North Carolina funds transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.
The law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division level with the goal of meeting the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local needs.
In the coming weeks, each of the 14 NCDOT Transportation Divisions across the state will submit its top transportation priorities to compete with other transportation improvements across the state for funding under the new formula. To help determine these priorities, each division is asking local residents to provide their thoughts on which transportation improvements are most important. Projects can be as large-scale as an interstate improvement or as small as a new turn lane or traffic signal, and can be for any mode of transportation, including public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, aviation and rail.
Residents can take part in the process by making their suggestions during a 30-day public comment period from Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 12. Each Transportation Division will host a public open house to meet with local residents and obtain feedback regarding transportation priorities.
In Division 13, which includes Buncombe Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties, the open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Asheville Buncombe Technical College’s Enka Campus in the Harvey L. Haynes Corporate Technology Training and Conference Center, located at 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, N.C. 28715. In addition, written comments can be submitted via email at ../AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/OH87XLXO/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or regular mail at STI, NCDOT Division 13, P.O. Box 3279, Asheville, N.C. 28802. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 12.
More information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how it works, and the public meetings can be found on the NCDOT website.

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