The 2014 North Carolina budget bill mandated recommendations for new fees to cover the cost of services at many state agencies. This effort was supported by the DOT, and they have now released a proposed list of fees for services provided along state roads, possibly raising the cost of subdivisions, utility encroachments, billboards, and driveways.
North Carolina has developed a new set of transportation project prioritization criteria officials hope will bring greater efficiency and objectivity to transportation investment. The criteria were developed in response to the passage last June of the state’s Strategic Transportation Investments law. Lawmakers and transportation officials have noted that the prioritization scheme will shift more funding towards urban areas due to the use of congestion as a primary factor.