Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Input Sought on Short, Long Term Transportation Plans

FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District is seeking public input on Indiana’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and draft Long Range Transportation Plan. An open house will be held from 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 11, at INDOT’s Fort Wayne Subdistrict conference room, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne. A 15-20 minute presentation will be given at 2 p.m. on the long-range plan.

The public and stakeholders are invited to learn more about, and participate in, the short- and long-term transportation planning process at two weeks of regional open houses being held across the state.  Citizens are invited to show up at any time to visit informational booths, speak with INDOT planners one-on-one, or have public comments be included in the official record.

Citizens can also review the draft documents and submit written comments through INDOT’s website.  The draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program will be posted at http://indot.IN.gov/2926.htm, while the draft Long Range Transportation Plan will be posted at http://www.in.gov/indot/div/2035LongRangePlan.htm.  A 30-day public comment period is one of several public involvement steps in developing and finalizing short- and long-range transportation plans.

INDOT is adopting a more flexible and opportunistic planning approach by identifying transportation needs in the timeframe that capital improvement projects can be developed.  Short- and long-range transportation planning is designed to support the state’s economy and environment by selecting the most context appropriate transportation solutions for moving people and freight.  Public involvement in the planning process is essential both to determine citizens’ transportation priorities and to develop an accountable, efficient transportation system.

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