• Development of the North Carolina Transportation Network

    The NCDOT is leading an effort to develop the North Carolina Transportation Network (NCTN). The NCTN will build upon the NC Multimodal Network developed in 2004 and is envisioned to be a tool to aid long-range transportation planning throughout North Carolina. The focus will be to match key multimodal transportation corridors – called Strategic Transportation Corridors (STC) – with the level of mobility needed to connect state and regional activity centers throughout the state. Then NCDOT, in conjunction with our planning partners at the MPOs and RPOs, will focus our planning efforts on ensuring that the desired level of mobility is maintained as local long-range transportation plans are developed. Our hope is that this will help to identify future transportation needs that meet the goals of both the state and local areas so that our limited transportation dollars can be spent wisely. If you have questions about the development of the NCTN or STC, please contact Terry Arellano (tarellano@ncdot.gov)
  • Strategic Highway Corridors

    North Carolina has changed dramatically over the last 20 years and will continue to do so well into the 21st century.  Changes in travel patterns, increases in population and vehicle miles traveled, and burgeoning domestic and international trade are putting additional strains on North Carolina's transportation system.  In an effort to enhance and preserve the backbone of the highway system, the Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and Department of Environment and Natural Resources developed the Strategic Highway Corridors (SHC).  SHC were adopted as the statewide tier of the North Carolina Multimodal Investment Network (NCMIN) in 2004.

    The Strategic Highway Corridors provide a network of high-speed, safe, reliable highways throughout North Carolina. The designation as a SHC is based on mobility, connectivity to activity centers, connectivity to interstates, interstate relief routes, major hurricane evacuation routes, and corridors that are part of a national or statewide highway system.  Activity centers include urban areas with a population of 20,000 or greater, state seaports, major airports, major intermodal terminals, major military installations, University of North Carolina system campuses, trauma centers, and major tourist attractions.
    The Strategic Highway Corridors concept was adopted by the North Carolina Board of Transportation on September 2, 2004, as a part of North Carolina's Long-Range, Multimodal Statewide Transportation Plan. Following adoption, a formal policy statement on the initiative was endorsed by the Departments of Commerce, Environment and Natural Resources, Transportation, and the Governor's Office.
    The Board of Transportation approved changes to the Strategic Highway Corridors Vision Plan and a revised Process to Modify the Strategic Highway Corridors Vision Plan  on July 10, 2008.
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