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.

Statewide projects

1) Build 4th runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $500,000
Score: 99.64

Photo by Alec Wilson via Flickr (Creative Commons)

2) Improve the intersection of I-485 and I-85

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $11 million
Score: 90.25

3) Build ramp meters at 13 intersections on I-77 in Charlotte

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $2.8 million
Score: 90.21
Note: Ramp meters are traffic signals that regulate cars merging onto interstates.

4) New aircraft parking and taxi lane at CLT

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $500,000
Score: 90.05

5) New taxiway at Piedmont Triad International Airport

County: Guilford
Division: 7
Cost: $500,000
Score: 89.64

6) Create diverging diamond interchange at I-85 and W.T. Harris Boulevard

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $20.5 million
Score: 89.47

7) Build toll lanes on I-77 from Uptown Charlotte to the S.C. state line

County: Mecklenburg
Cost: $551 million
Score: 89.36

Here is the top scores in each NCDOT division not mentioned above.

Per the handout from NCDOT. They list 77 high-scoring projects total.

Easier access to Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge

Division: 1
County: Dare
Cost: $97.8 million
Score: 79.56

New rail crossings on U.S. 70

Division: 2
County: Craven
Cost: $14.4 million
Score: 77.02

Improve rail line and crossings to speed up trains in Wilmington

Division: 3
County: New Hanover
Cost: $41.4 million
Score: 89.33

Improve U.S. 70 to freeway standards

Division: 4
County: Johnston, Wayne
Cost: $62 million
Score: 77.64

Create ramp meters on I-40

Division: 5
County: Durham, Wake
Cost: $54.5 million
Score: 83.91

Create intersection at N.C. 24/87 near Manchester Road in Fayetteville

Division: 6
County: Cumberland
Cost: $45 million
Score: 79.86

Widen 10 miles of I-40 from four lanes to six

Division: 9
County: Forsyth, Guilford
Cost: $155.7 million
Score: 78.55

Create a roundabout on U.S. 421 near App State

Division: 11
County: Watauga
Cost: $1.5 million
Score: 79.62

Widen I-40 to six lanes near U.S. 321

Division: 12
County: Catawba
Cost: $137.7 million
Score: 81.24

Upgrade I-40 and I-240 interchange near Asheville

Division: 13
County: Buncombe
Cost: $35 million
Score: 78.89

Realign U.S. 74 near Columbus

Division: 14
County: Polk
Cost: $2 million
Score: 77.96

Homepage image of I-77 in Charlotte by Jon Dawson via Flickr (Creative Commons)


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