The Process

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From Policy to Projects

Reforms put in place In January 2009 ensure that NCDOT’s plans and projects are developed and awarded in a professional manner. Based input from stakeholders across the state, NCDOT officials have developed a strategic plan for transportation decision-making that focuses on achieving the department’s long-term goals of safety, mobility and infrastructure health.

Known as “Policy to Projects,” this process begins with long-range goals and investment decisions and ends with a detailed work program that spells out specific projects needed to achieve these goals. This format results in a reliable and realistic work plan that is both transparent and accountable.

As detailed in the diagram below, the Policy to Projects process begins with the 30-year Statewide Long-Range Plan, also called the 2040 Plan and the 10-year Program and Resource Plan, ending with the 5-year Work Program.

NCDOT From Policy to Projects

The entire Policy to Projects document includes a more detailed explanation of both the 10 Year Program and Resource Plan and 5 Year Work Plan. It is also inclusive of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) containing schedules for both highways and non-highway projects and the Division Managed Construction Program. Use the Table of Contents (page 4) to navigate and access information most relevant to you. Use NCDOT's project search tool to quickly find construction start dates and a location map of individual transportation projects across the state.

NCDOT released a DRAFT 10 year Work Program and STIP in October 2012. In order to incorporate new requirements of the Federal reauthorization act (MAP-21) further refinements will be made to this draft and an updated DRAFT document will be released in the fall of 2013. Please continue to refer to the Policy to Projects document and project search tool in the interim to find the schedule and project information important to you. For specific project scheduling information call the Program Development Office at 919.707.4610.

2040 Plan


The Statewide Long-Range Plan, also known as the 2040 Plan, will serve as a blueprint for transportation planning and investment over the next three decades. Because transportation projects can require years to plan, design and build, NCDOT must look ahead 25-30 years to identify the transportation needs of our state.

The 2040 Plan focuses on the policies and programs that are needed to enhance safety, improve mobility and reduce congestion for North Carolinians, as well as addresses all types (modes) of transportation for which NCDOT has responsibility: highways, aviation, ferries, rail, bicycling, walking and public transit. For more on the plan’s goals and to find out how to get involved, click here.

Unified Public Engagement Process

The Unified Public Engagement Process for public involvement and local official consultation was prepared to ensure early, proactive, and sustained citizen input into NCDOT’s transportation decision making process. The document was made available for public comment from May 11, 2011 until July 10, 2011, with special outreach efforts targeted at traditionally underserved populations. Comments were summarized and addressed by the Department and the UPEP was provided to the Board of Transportation on September 7, 2011. NCDOT submitted the UPEP to the Federal Highway Administration on September 9, 2011. To view the final document, click here.

Program & Resource Plan (10-year Plan)


NCDOT's Program & Resource Plan contains revenue projections and proposed funding allocations across all modes of transportation (aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry, highway, public transportation and rail) for Construction and Engineering, Maintenance, Operations and Administration for the years 2013 through 2023. Over this ten year period, NCDOT anticipates roughly $48 billion in transportation funding will be available. Nearly 60 percent of this amount is allocated for construction and engineering, approximately 30 percent is allocated for maintenance, and the remainder is directed towards operating the transportation network and administrative functions. NCDOT uses a data-driven strategic prioritization process to help identify the need and inclusion of projects which flow into the 10-Year Plan. These candidate projects are scored and ranked through a process that takes place every two years. NCDOT is currently preparing for its next round of prioritization (scheduled for summer 2013). Click here for more information.

The Program & Resource Plan also contains a multi-year investment strategy for part of the Construction & Engineering Program that best supports the department’s overarching goals of safety, mobility and infrastructure health.

Work Program (5-Year Plan)

NCDOT's 5-year work program outlines specific funding levels for all NCDOT divisions. This approach will help NCDOT continue to aim towards its goal of delivering 95 percent of projects when promised.

  • From 2013-2017, NCDOT expects to spend nearly $25 billion on transportation.
  • The 5-year outlook helps NCDOT staff focus on a stable schedule of projects for delivery which result in time savings and best use of limited resources.
  • Information for individual projects included in both the 10 and 5 year work programs can be found using NCDOT's project search tool.