State uses analytics to build roads faster, cheaper

North Carolina’s Transportation Department is using analytics software to build roads faster and for less money while minimizing environmental disruption. NCDOT is analyzing geographic data to help narrow the choices of possible road corridors and, at the same time, is able to reduce costly land surveys. The process can save $500,000 per project and shave 20 percent off the time needed to select and plan a road, according to North Carolina officials.