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NCDOT uses a 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, 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 sixth and current installment of the SPOT process – commonly referred to as SPOT 6.0.

TAC Presentation February 2020

Prioritization Schedule

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Draft Projects for Submittal

On April 25, 2022, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) released the draft 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). A revised STIP is expected to be publicly released by the end of 2022 and the adoption of the final STIP in Summer 2023.

GHMPO Draft 2024-2033 STIP

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