We now know the North Carolina transportation projects most likely to get funded in the next decade.
The transportation funding formula is a little complicated, and I’ll get into it in a future story. But basically, it uses a data-driven process to rank projects in three buckets: Statewide, regional and division.
40 percent of the funding goes to statewide projects, and 30 percent each for regional and division priorities.
Here are the top projects, per data released by NCDOT this week. This is all subject to a public comment process and will likely not be approved until September.
Higher scores are obviously more likely to be funded in the next decade.
Charlotte is the big winner overall, with most of their projects scoring high. But with the divided funding formula, likely not all of them will get money.
I-40 widening projects do well statewide.
1) Build 4th runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
2) Improve the intersection of I-485 and I-85
Cost: $11 million
3) Build ramp meters at 13 intersections on I-77 in Charlotte
Cost: $2.8 million
Note: Ramp meters are traffic signals that regulate cars merging onto interstates.
4) New aircraft parking and taxi lane at CLT
5) New taxiway at Piedmont Triad International Airport
6) Create diverging diamond interchange at I-85 and W.T. Harris Boulevard
Cost: $20.5 million
7) Build toll lanes on I-77 from Uptown Charlotte to the S.C. state line
Cost: $551 million
Here is the top scores in each NCDOT division not mentioned above.
Easier access to Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge
Cost: $97.8 million
New rail crossings on U.S. 70
Cost: $14.4 million
Improve rail line and crossings to speed up trains in Wilmington
County: New Hanover
Cost: $41.4 million
Improve U.S. 70 to freeway standards
County: Johnston, Wayne
Cost: $62 million
Create ramp meters on I-40
County: Durham, Wake
Cost: $54.5 million
Create intersection at N.C. 24/87 near Manchester Road in Fayetteville
Cost: $45 million
Widen 10 miles of I-40 from four lanes to six
County: Forsyth, Guilford
Cost: $155.7 million
Create a roundabout on U.S. 421 near App State
Cost: $1.5 million
Widen I-40 to six lanes near U.S. 321
Cost: $137.7 million
Upgrade I-40 and I-240 interchange near Asheville
Cost: $35 million
Realign U.S. 74 near Columbus
Cost: $2 million
Homepage image of I-77 in Charlotte by Jon Dawson via Flickr (Creative Commons)