NCDOT adds new local projects to transportation plan

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CHARLOTTE – Transportation officials today announced that eight new transportation projects in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, are in the updated version of the state’s draft 10-year transportation plan.

New projects in the area include:

  • Widening of I-85 from U.S. 74 to the South Carolina line in Gaston and Cleveland counties
  • Widening of I-40 from U.S. 321 to Fairgrove Church Road in Catawba County
  • Widening of N.C. 150 from N.C. 16 to east of Greenwood Road in Catawba and Lincoln counties
  • Constructing an additional 600 feet of runway at the Hickory Regional Airport
  • Two projects to acquire land for a runway approach and to remove runway approach obstructions at the Lincoln County Airport

“The addition of these projects will enhance safety and mobility throughout the division”, said Division 12 Engineer Mark Stafford. “We’re excited to be able to deliver these projects to our stakeholders.”

The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes 144 new projects and hundreds of projects with accelerated construction schedules.

The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns.

The plan was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes. NCDOT will now hold a public comment period on the updated version of the document. The public comment period will run from June 28 to July 12. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at or (919) 707-6073.

The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August.

More information about the STIP and how transportation projects are funded is available online at

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