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 twenty-five (25) new projects for each transportation mode in each prioritization cycle.

Prioritization 6.0/SPOT Process

SPOT 6.0 Materials and Information

Henderson County Submittal List and Maps

Prioritization 6.0 Update (from NCDOT November 2018)

What is the schedule of events concerning SPOT 6.0 and the French Broad River MPO? 

Task Date
Draft Project Submittals to TCC & Board October, 2019
Public Comment on Draft Submittals October/November, 2019
Final Project Submittals to TCC & Board November, 2019
Public Survey on Submitted Projects Early, 2020
Draft Statewide Mobility Projects Programmed July, 2020
Draft Regional Impact Point Assignment September, 2020
Final Regional Impact Point Assignment October, 2020
Draft Division Needs Point Assignment November, 2020
Final Division Needs Point Assignment January, 2021
2022 – 2031 Draft STIP Released April, 2021

SPOT (STI) 5 Prioritization Process to Develop 2020-2029 TIP/STIP  

Draft 2020-2029 TIP/STIP is expected to be released in Fall 2020.  In the meantime, you can see the links below for projects likely to be funded in the 2020-2029 TIP/STIP:

Draft Programmed List of Statewide Mobility Projects (link to NCDOT Page)

Draft Programmed List of Regional Impact Projects (link to NCDOT Page)

List of FBRMPO Division Needs Projects Receiving Local Input Points from the FBRMPO adopted on Thursday, October 25th

For more information on projects submitted by the FBRMPO and the local methodology see below:


Map of new projects being submitted into SPOT 5.0 by the FBRMPO.

SPOT 4 Additional Info