Havelock bypass misses on part of funding formula

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 08:44 AM.

The proposed U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock has missed out on one funding priority but still has a shot at two others, according to a Department of Transportation official.

However, if the project doesn’t score high enough in at least one of those, the date for construction would be pushed back indefinitely.

The project scored 37.25 out of 100 in the statewide mobility portion of the state DOT’s new funding formula. Only projects with a score of 44 or higher made the department’s 10-year programming schedule for construction.

“ … So far it does not rank high enough to qualify for statewide mobility funding, but it is eligible for regional impact funding and division needs funding, and when we get done with that local input scoring, then it may qualify for funding under one of those categories,” said Don Voelker, director of the Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation.

The $183.4 million project ranks 1,215th out of 1,742 projects planned by the DOT across the state.

Because of budget concerns, state legislators ordered the DOT in 2013 to begin a re-evaluation of all state road projects to determine which ones most deserve transportation funding.

The proposed 10-mile-long bypass around Havelock has been in the planning stages since the 1970s.

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