NCDOT uses a transparent, systematic, and data-driven process for prioritizing major transportation projects in the state and making investment decisions. The process, known colloquially as ‘SPOT’ (State Prioritization Office of Transportation) evaluates projects based on: merit through an analysis of the existing and future conditions, the benefits the project is expected to provide, the project’s multi-modal characteristics and how the project fits in with local priorities. Each of the Department’s six modes of transportation (highway, ferry, rail, public transportation, bicycle & pedestrian, and aviation) uses a data-driven approach for ranking projects. The outcome of the Strategic Prioritization Process serves as input to the Draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The following documents are in accordance with the fifth and current installment of the SPOT process – commonly referred to as SPOT 5.0.
Greater Hickory MPO will host a public hearing on draft local scores for NCDOT Division Needs projects. The hearing will be at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments on Wednesday, October 24, at 10am. Public comments may also be made outside the hearing before October 24 by contacting Brian Horton at 828-322-9191.