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Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Regarding Adopted CTP


The thumbnail links above are interactive maps of the final CTP projects.

What is CTP?

The DCHC MPO and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) developed and adopted the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The CTP is a long-range, multimodal transportation plan that shows the future plans for the major highways, intersections, bus transit, passenger rail and other transportation facilities. Most importantly, it shows expected new facilities and whether there are planned improvements for current facilities. This information helps citizens and planners know whether to reserve right-of-way for future roadways and passenger rail during the development review process, and how to budget for future facilities.

Adopted CTP

The DCHC MPO Board and North Carolina Board of Transportation adopted the DCHC MPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) on May 10, 2017 and August 3, 2017, respectively.

Adopted CTP Report and Maps

The full CTP report, maps, and individual chapters are available on the links below. The report presents the deficiency analysis, problem statements, lists of recommended projects, project maps, public involvement activities, socioeconomic and transportation modeling information, and more.


Amendment #3

Background and Report

The DCHC MPO released Amendment #3 to the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) on April 14, 2021. There are proposed changes to highway, interchange, public transportation, bicycle and multiuse path projects. The Amendment #3 report is available at the link below – it provides the reasons for the proposed changes (including project additions, deletions, and modifications), tables that lists the projects, and maps depicting the CTP transportation networks. The map icons at the top of this Web page produce interactive maps of the same CTP transportation networks. The presentation at the link below provides a summary of Amendment #3.

Public Input Schedule

The MPO’s public involvement policy requires that a major amendment to the CTP be released for public input for a minimum of 42 days. The schedule for Amendment #3 will be:

  • April 14, 2021 - DCHC MPO Board releases Amendment #3 for public input
  • May 12, 2021 - DCHC MPO Board conducts a public hearing an Amendment #3 at 9am meeting. Public can request to directly address the Board.
  • May 25, 2021 - Public involvement period ends.
  • June 9, 2021 - DCHC MPO Board can adopt Amendment #3

Provide Comments

Please direct comments or requests to address the Board at the public hearing to Andy Henry,, (919) 560-4366, extension 36419. All comments will be compiled and forwarded to the DCHC MPO Board.

Draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)

What is the CTP?
The DCHC MPO and North Carolina Department of Transportation  (NCDOT) have developed a draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), and the MPO has released the draft for public comment from December 14, 2016 through February 24, 2017.  The presentation on the following link provides what a CTP is, the reason for developing it, and what is in a CTP: What Is the CTP ?

How can I participate?
You can send your comments to Andy Henry (DCHC MPO) or Julie Bollinger ( NCDOT).  Staff will forward your comments to the MPO's executive board.  You can also participate in any of the public meetings and public hearings listed at the following link:  Where are the Public Meetings?

Where can I see the CTP?

  • Poster-sized PDF maps(Map tab), data tables and highway problem statements (Reports Tab) and the current Thoroughfare plans and roadway cross sections key (Resources Tab) are available at the following NCDOT web page:

Public Comments
The following documents are compilations of the public comments that the MPO had received from the public, and local boards and commissions: Public Comments; Boards and Commissions

In addition, the MPO compiled all of the comments received during the public input period and provided information on any changes that were made to the draft CTP as a result of a particular comment. The document is available here: CTP – Comments and Responses

The DCHC MPO plans to adopt the CTP at the MPO Board meeting on May 10, 2017, Committee Room, 2nd floor of Durham City Hall.  The NCDOT Board of Transportation will likely adopt the CTP soon after this date.


Draft Deficiency Analysis

The DCHC MPO is developing  a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).  A Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) identifies roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements that are to be implemented in the future. This planning process and document, which are required by the State of North Carolina, is similar to the recently completed 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2040 MTP) but actually evaluates transportation needs beyond the year 2040 and is not restricted by expected funding levels (as is the 2040 MTP).

The DCHC MPO plans to develop the CTP, complete the public input process, and adopt a final plan by early 2017. This Web page currently provides information to staff as the plan is developed and will also provide draft documents and participation activities to the public as the process progresses. The  schedule and presentation below provide additional details.

This interactive map shows the highway congestion levels, i.e. volume capacity, for the 2040 no-build scenario and has future volume and current daily traffic counts to help evaluate the performance of the these roadways.

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Click here for the Draft Deficiency Documents

Comments can be directed to:

Andy Henry, Senior Transportation Planner, DCHC MPO, , (919) 560-4366, ext. 36419

Julie Bollinger, PE, Transportation Engineer, NCDOT,, (919) 717-0900

The MPO will publish a list of proposed highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements as a draft CTP in the fall of 2016.   At that time, the public will have the opportunity to comment on those projects and participate in related workshops and a hearing.