RALEIGH — The way the N.C. Department of Transportation plans and designs its projects is changing.
The N.C. Board of Transportation today voted unanimously to approve the Complete Streets policy at its meeting in Raleigh. The policy directs NCDOT to consider accommodating several modes of transportation when building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure.
In the past, the department had no set policy instructing staff to think about alternative forms of transportation when planning projects. Although some engineers did add resources for pedestrians, bicyclists and those who take public transportation to their designs, it was not a requirement.
“This policy creates a solid foundation on which we can build a better transportation system for all types of commuters,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “NCDOT is not just a road-building department, and this policy emphasizes our commitment to safe and efficient travel for everyone.”
The benefits of this new approach include:
• Improving safety;
• Making it easier for travelers to get where they need to go;
• Encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation;
• Increasing connectivity between streets and transit systems; and
• Building a strong sense of community.
Under the new policy, the department will collaborate with cities, towns and communities during the design and planning phases of projects. Together, they will decide if the transportation options available will serve the needs of the people and compliment the context of the area.
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