Havelock bypass misses on part of funding formula

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

The project has two other avenues for funding if its scores for regional impact and division needs make the cut. Right now, the project scores 25.21 out of 70 for regional impact, with 30 more points to be shared evenly between the division engineer and the Down East Rural Planning Organization.

It scores 27.07 out of 50 in division needs, with another 50 points to be shared evenly between the division engineer and the Down East Rural Planning Organization.

Voelker said local officials should be talking to rural planning organizations and the DOT division engineer about the U.S. 70 bypass as the local input scoring is calculated.

“If this is the project that you support, they need to be making the case for it: Yes, we think this is a high priority project in our area and we would like for you to give it the maximum number of points that it can receive to boost its overall score,” he said.

Local input scoring from the division engineer and the Down East Rural Planning Organization will be conducted between now and Aug. 29, Voelker said.

Voelker said the final scores would not be calculated until December when a Draft State Transportation Improvement Plan is completed.

Construction of the U.S. 70 bypass had been set to begin next year until the General Assembly took action in 2013 for all DOT projects with construction dates of 2015 or later subject to the new funding formula.



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