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


Draft Projects for Submittal

Greater Hickory MPO had planned to host four open houses across the four-county region in March 2020, but due to recent public health concerns, these meetings were cancelled.  A series of Facebook Live meetings will be held the week of April 20-24, 2020. For more information, visit the WPCOG Facebook page.


Public comments may also be made by contacting Brian Horton at 828-322-9191.