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SPOT (Strategic Transportation Prioritization)

Looking for up-to-date information on the latest round of SPOT/P7.0? Go to the SPOT 7.0 page.

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 see the NCDOT Strategic Prioritization Process.


Currently, the round of prioritization referred to as “P 7.0” is underway to update the 2026-2035 STIP. The French Broad River MPO is allowed to submit up to 26 projects for each mode.


The round of prioritization referred to as “P6.0” is was in the process of being completed when developing the 2023-2032 STIP. It was ultimatley canceled along with the 2023-2032 STIP due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Prior to cancelation, the French Broad River MPO submitted up to 25 projects for each mode. For more information on projects submitted by FBRMPO and local methodology in P6.0 or SPOT 6, see the SPOT 6 page.


The most recently completed round of SPOT/P5.0 projects were released in the 2019 as part of the 2020-2029 STIP. A summary of projects funded is available in the FBRMPO SPOT/P5.0 Report. As part of the public input process, a report of the public survey responses received is available.

You can find more info on the TIP page.


Projects receive a percentage of available revenue in the following three categories: Statewide Mobility (40%), Regional Impact (30%), and Division Needs (30%). The Statewide Mobility projects are 100% data driven and selected based on quantitative scores. Regional Impact projects focus on improving connectivity within regions (7). Selection is based on 70% data and 30% local input. Division Needs projects focus on addressing local needs, and selection is based on 50% data and 50% local input. The French Broad River MPO along with NCDOT Divisions 13 and 14 will assign local input points to the Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects based on approved methodology. This assignment took place in the Spring and Fall of 2018. Projects with the highest scores will have a greater chance of being programmed into the STIP/MTIP.

Map of Highway and Bicycle and Pedestrian projects submitted for SPOT 5 by the FBRMPO.