In mid-2013, NCDOT began to update its Strategic Highway Corridors (SHC) Policy, which 10 years earlier had identified 55 highway corridors across the state deemed to be of high priority in achieving state development goals. NCDOT also needed to update the planning tool known as the NC Multimodal Investment Network which stratified elements of the state’s multimodal transportation system into statewide, regional, and sub-regional tiers. The result is the North Carolina Transportation Network (NCTN), and the Strategic Transportation Corridors (STC) Policy and corridor network.
The NCTN keeps the same structure as the old NCMIN, but in a manner consistent with the Department’s recent project prioritization process. The NCTN also distinguishes multimodal transportation facilities and services on a data-driven basis by their ability to serve broad mobility and land access functions.
The STC identify a network of critical multimodal transportation corridors considered the backbone of the state’s transportation system. These 25 corridors move most of our freight and people, link critical centers of economic activity to international air and sea ports, and support interstate commerce. They must operate well to help North Carolina attract new businesses, grow jobs and catalyze economic development.
NCDOT worked with a broad-based advisory group comprised of stakeholders, including local planning organizations, members of local and regional governments, and area business leaders to develop the NCTN and STC Policy and map. The department also conducted eight meetings across the state to present the preliminary STC. A 60-day public comment period took place from October to December 2014, with policy and map revisions made as a result of comments received.
The STC Policy and map were presented to the N.C. Board of Transportation’s (BOT) Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. The committee recommended the full board consider the policy and map as presented. The STC Policy and map was presented to the full BOT at its regular February 2015 meeting, and the BOT adopted them at its meeting on March 4, 2015.
A full study report will be provided with details about the development of NCTN and STC.
For questions and comments please contact Kerry Morrow, Statewide Plan Engineer, at email@example.com