Strategic Transportation Prioritization (SPOT)

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Statewide Prioritization & Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law

NCDOT uses a strategic, data-driven process to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The process involves scoring all roadway, public transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, rail, and aviation projects on a number of criteria. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs), and the NCDOT Divisions also contribute to the final project score by assigning local priority points to projects. For more information on the NCDOT Strategic Prioritization Process see:

The French Broad River MPO’s Role in Prioritization:

  • The MPO selects which projects from a regionally or locally adopted plan are submitted into the scoring competition.  Currently, the French Broad River MPO is permitted to submit fourteen (14) new projects for each transportation mode in each prioritization cycle.

For more information on projects submitted by the FBRMPO see:


Map of SPOT projects in the FBRMPO

FBRMPO SPOT 4.0 Prioritization Project List

  • The MPO assigns local input points which increase the final project score for projects in two of the three funding tiers. In the current prioritization cycle, the French Broad River MPO is allotted 1800 local input points for the Regional Impact category and 1800 local input points for the Division Needs category.

For more information on the FBRMPO prioritization methodology to assign local input points for SPOT 4.0 see:
FBRMPO SPOT 4.0 Prioritization Methodology

FBRMPO SPOT 4.0 Regional Impact Projects Local Input Point Allocation

FBRMPO SPOT 4.0 Division Needs Projects Local Input Point Allocation

More information on the MPO’s process and opportunities for public input. 

UPDATE: NCDOT Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program

FBRMPO Draft 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)