The I-95 Economic Assessment Survey is Underway – We Want Your Feedback! (Link to Survey)
Economic Assessment for tolling I-95 to Begin
(Read the Press Release)
Economic Assessment of all financing options for I-95 to begin in June - NCDOT Creates Advisory Council to help Guide Process (Read the Press Release)
Environmental Assessment results (available here)
Statement from NCDOT Regarding Tolling on
I-95 in Virginia
RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation looks forward to working with Virginia in exploring options for improving the I-95 corridor.
Both North Carolina and Virginia were part of the Corridors of the Future Program, which brought together five states in the Southeast to cooperatively examine how to upgrade, modernize and improve the corridor from Virginia to Florida – with a sensitivity to the benefits and impacts on each of the partner states.
North Carolina last year began a two-year study to evaluate the needs of the 182-mile corridor from Virginia to South Carolina, define and prioritize necessary improvements, and identify ways to fund those improvements. Tolling is among the options under consideration. The study considers tolling at both borders and points between, and will take into consideration through-state traffic, as well as local-only usage.
The study will include revenue-sharing options among the states along the corridor. The study already has involved extensive consultation with local officials in communities along I-95, and there is plenty of opportunity for citizen input into the planning. The study is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011. North Carolina also has made considerable progress on the environmental, financing and operational planning for the project.
For more information about the North Carolina I-95 study, visit www.driving95.com.
RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation launched a new website today that will keep the public up to date on its ongoing I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance study.
The site, www.driving95.com, includes updates on the study’s progress, maps, social media links and key contacts. It also provides information on how citizens can be involved in the process.
The I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance study began in 2009. It focuses on how to improve the safety, connectivity and efficiency of I-95 as it runs through North Carolina. As part of the study, NCDOT created a public awareness campaign called “Driving95: What’s your view?” to encourage public participation in the project. The website is a part of that effort.
“The Driving95 website will allow the public to stay informed about the study and provide input,” said Craig Young, Project Manager for Baker Engineering, one of the consultants hired by NCDOT to conduct the study. “By connecting with citizens through the website and through social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, NCDOT will be able to gauge the public’s opinion on how to best improve I-95 through North Carolina,” he said.
RALEIGH – North Carolina Department of Transportation officials want citizens who live near I-95 to help them determine the best way to improve the state’s major North-South highway.
NCDOT held a series of meetings in January along the I-95 corridor to introduce to local government and community representatives the I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance study, which will determine what needs to be done to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of Interstate 95 through North Carolina.
“We first wanted to inform people who have a real stake in the future of I-95 about the study and answer any questions they may have,” explains Kristine O’Connor, Project Manager for NCDOT. “The response was very positive and we look forward to increasing the level of citizen participation in this important project, ” she said.
The I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance study encompasses the entire length of I-95 in North Carolina and, when concluded in the fall of 2011, will provide NCDOT with a master plan for the future development of I-95 in North Carolina. This is a high-level study and will not directly result in construction projects once it is completed. NCDOT has chosen Baker Engineering and PBS&J to work jointly on the study.