Construction timeline could be affected

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

“All the scores will be 100 percent data driven,” Voelker said.

Under the regional impact category, 70 percent of the score is data driven, including 20 percent for benefit/cost, 25 percent safety and 25 percent multi-modal freight and military. The remaining 30 percent is local input divided between the division engineer and the local metropolitan/rural planning organization.

Under the division needs category, 50 percent is based on data including 20 percent for congestion, 20 percent for safety and 10 percent multi-modal freight/military. The remaining 50 percent is divided equally between the division engineer and the local metropolitan/rural planning organization.

Voelker said state engineers and local planning organizations would spend May, June and July assessing the data and deciding on their portion of the prioritization.

Because the regional impact and division needs categories are so impacted by the opinions of division engineers and planning organizations, Voelker said it would be in the interest of Havelock leaders to have the ear of both. The Down East Rural Planning Organization, which includes Craven, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Onslow counties, represents Havelock.

“The division engineer and the local metropolitan planning organizations or rural planning organization folks should be communicating closely with each other to ensure that they give maximum favorable weight to those high priority projects in their area,” Voelker said.

In September, Voelker said the state would have the final scores and develop a five-year work plan listing road projects beginning in July 1, 2015. The date for construction of the Havelock bypass, originally set for fiscal year 2015, could be pushed up, remain the same or pushed back depending on its score compared to other projects.

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