DOT changes process for prioritizing projects


Under the old system, the Board of Transportation decided what was completed first, leading to allegation of back room deal making and cronyism.

The new process is data driven. All 2,000 projects the state wants to complete in the next ten years are rated based on hard data, such as accident reports and road congestion. The data also will include local input.

All of that information goes into rankings that will be accessible online, allowing anyone to see which projects will and will not be completed.

"If your project isn't the best candidate for the limited revenues that we have, you understand as a local community, you understand why it did not score as high as the others," explained Jim Trogdon, DOT Chief Operating Officer.

The rankings won't go into effect for about a year, but all of the information including the factors that go into those rankings, will be online beginning Monday.

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