NCDOT Prioritization


Passed in 2013, the Strategic Transportation Investments law allows the N.C. Department of Transportation to use its funding more efficiently and effectively to enhance the state’s infrastructure, while supporting economic growth, job creation and a higher quality of life. This process encourages thinking from a statewide and regional perspective while also providing flexibility to address local needs.

STI also establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which allocates available revenues based on data-driven scoring and local input. It is used to develop NCDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Program, which identifies the transportation projects that will receive funding during a specified 10-year period.

Federal law requires the State Transportation Improvement Program to be updated at least every four years. NCDOT, however, updates it every two years.

Work is currently underway to update the STIP for 2020-2029.

The data-driven process to update the STIP is called strategic prioritization. The current cycle to update the STIP for the years 2020-2029 is called Prioritization 5.0 or P5.0. It started in summer 2017 when NCDOT divisions and local planning organizations gathered public feedback on projects, which then were submitted for evaluation and scoring.

Projects of all modes, including highway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and others are scored based on a combination of quantitative data and local input. The quantitative evaluation consists of criteria such as congestion and safety, and analyzing project benefits compared to cost, as well as expected economic impacts. Local input comes from the priorities of the local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and NCDOT Division Offices.

Local Input Points from MPOs and NCDOT Divisions contribute to the final project scores for Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects under P5.0. Projects with higher scores have a greater chance of being programmed into the TIP based upon the STI legislation.

The GCLMPO receives 1,800 points to allocate to projects for local prioritization in the Regional Impact Tier and 1,800 points to allocate in the Division Needs Tier. Additional information can be found in the GCLMPO’s adopted P5.0 Local Input Point Methodology.

GCLMPO Regional Impact Tier – Final Local Input Point Assignments
GCLMPO Division Needs Tier – Final Local Input Point Assignments

Individual criteria scores per mode can be viewed in the following spreadsheets:


Quantitative scores, maps, and local input point assignments can be viewed for GCLMPO’s P5.0 projects below.

                                                                        P5.0 Scores                      Project Map                            

Statewide Mobility Projects:                              list                                                    

Regional Impact Projects:                                   list                                  map

Division Needs Projects:                                      list                                  maps