NCDOT Prioritization


Prioritization is NCDOT’s decision making tool for developing the  Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a listing of projects to be delivered within an upcoming five-year work program. The current round is known as Prioritization 4.0 (or P4.0), and will develop the 2018-2027 TIP. CRTPO is involved in the nomination of projects for scoring by NCDOT, and the application of local input points based upon its methodology.  The NCDOT-Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation (SPOT) leads this process by providing oversight to MPOs, RPOs and Divisions throughout the state as well as scoring the projects.

Local Input Points from MPOs and NCDOT Divisions contribute to the final project scores for Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects under P4.0 – (see STI legislation for more details). Projects with higher final scores have a greater chance of being programmed into the TIP based upon the STI legislation.
CRTPO is eligible for allocating the following amount of local input points:

  • 2,500 for Regional Impact category projects
  • 2,500 for Division Needs category projects

A nuance to P4.0 is the separation of the local input points allocation process for Regional Impact projects occurring in April through June, and Division Needs projects in August through September. This allows for jurisdictions to review draft scores and determine if the application of a local contribution is necessary to improve the final score.

Projects of all modes, including highway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and others are scored based on a combination of quantitative data and local input.  The quantitative evaluation consists of criteria such as congestion and safety, and analyzing project benefits compared to cost, as well as expected economic impacts.  Local input comes from the priorities of the local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and NCDOT Division Offices. 

Additional information can be found on NCDOT’s Strategic Transportation Investments webpage

For information about previous prioritization efforts, click the following links: 


P4.0 Projects

Maps and spreadsheets of CRTPO's P4.0 projects can be viewed by clicking the links below:

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  P4.0 Quantitative Scores   STI Graphic
Statewide Mobility Highway Projects: List  
Regional Impact Highway Projects: List  
Division Needs Highway Projects: List  
Non-Highway Projects: List  













Project Submittal to NCDOT and Scope Modifications
The list of P4.0 project scope modifications and deletions can be viewed here.A media release was issued on Friday, September 4 announcing the start of public input on CRTPO’s proposed P4.0 projects.   The media release can be viewed here. A summary of public comments received can be viewed here.

The SPOT office reviewed and scored all projects from November 2015 through March 2016. CRTPO has begun to evaluate projects for consideration of local input points allocation. A schedule of CRTPO's P4.0 activities during the Regional Impact local input point assignment phase can be viewed here.

Local Input Points Methodology
As part of NCDOT’s Prioritization process, each MPO must develop a local input points methodology that contains at least quantitative measure, at least one qualitative measure, and a public involvement component. CRTPO’s draft methodology for allocating local input points for P4.0 can be viewed here. It is anticipated that CRTPO will approve the methodology at the March 16 MPO meeting.

Local Input Points Allocation Process
Members of the TCC have begun a process to review the P4.0 scores, and use the methodology to develop a draft local input points assignment project list for Regional Impact projects on the US and NC route system. A 28-day public comment period will be held from May 18 until June 15, with a public hearing meeting on the draft P4.0 Regional Impact Project list to be held prior to the May 18 MPO meeting. All MPOs and NCDOT Divisions must assign their Regional Impact points to projects by the end of June. A public comment period and second public meeting will be held in August regarding CRTPO’s draft assignment of Division Needs points to projects.

P.4.0 Update (April 20, 2016)

P4.0 Overview of Prioritization (February 11, 2016)

P4.0 Division 10 & 12Points Assignment Process (February 11, 2016)

CRTPO P4.0 Local Input Points Process (February 11, 2016)

P4.0 Questions (February 11, 2016)

P4.0 Education Session Presentation (July 15, 2015)