Construction timeline could be affected

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 03:14 PM.

The construction timeline for the proposed U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock could change based on the project’s ranking in a new N.C. Department of Transportation prioritization formula.

Construction of the bypass had been scheduled for after July 1, 2015, making it subject to a new transportation law that was approved last year, said Don Voelker, the state’s director of the Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation.

“There are nearly 1,400 highway projects in the current database, Havelock bypass being one of them, that need to be scored using the new criteria, weights and measures, and that is under way as we are speaking,” Voelker said.

After that, any proposed new road projects are to be scored and compared against projects already on the books, creating an overall ranking that is to be released in May, Voelker said.

The new state law has three project categories — statewide mobility, regional impact and division needs — and Voelker said the Havelock bypass could be funded under each of the categories.

“A statewide eligible project really has three bites at the apple, so to speak,” Voelker said.

Under the statewide mobility category, 30 percent of the score is based on travel-time savings achieved over a 30-year period divided by the cost to DOT to build the project. Another 30 percent is congestion, based on a volume-to-capacity ratio. Ten percent is economic competitiveness, calculated in terms of the change in domestic product that is expected. Another ten percent is safety, calculated based on the number of crashes. The remaining 20 percent is multi-modal freight and military usage.

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