I came across this article that I found interesting:
DOT changes process for prioritizing projects (abc11.com)
Under the old system, the Board of Transportation decided what was completed first, leading to allegation of back room deal making and cronyism.
The new process is data driven. All 2,000 projects the state wants to complete in the next ten years are rated based on hard data, such as accident reports and road congestion. The data also will include local input.
Will this change the old in/equity formula? Will urban areas get more attention now and rural area’s get shafted?
The article doesn’t go in-depth about what the future holds other than it will be data driven. I think data is only one part of the formula, but I’m glad they seem to be eliminating the “back room deal making” part of the process. This change could help move projects forward in the Triangle, Triad, and Charlotte areas. Perhaps it can help us with Tryon Road?
Note: The article posted 2,00 so I’m not sure if they meant 2,000 or 200. [Correction: it's 2,000]