Residents invited to help update multi-year transportation plan

February 8, 2011

Business

Residents and organizations that want to help shape Central Mississippi transportation priorities will get an opportunity to present their suggestions at a series of transportation summits this month sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The summits are part of a 5-year update of a plan designed as blueprint for the region’s transportation priorities through 2035, said Larry Smith, a planner with the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, an agency that serves as the MPO.
“We’re asking for input so we can get a written record of what people want in their area,” Smith said.
The regional summits are part of the process involved in creating the statewide streets and highway improvement plan, he said.
you’ll see a lot of comments (on problems)…
Comments from the trio of summits will be compiled into a report that will summarize and rates each one, according to Smith.
After separate summary and ratings reviews by stakeholder and technical committees, the suggestions in their final form will be presented at a public meeting in March. From there, they will go the MPO governing board, complete with recommendations from the review committees.
Here is the schedule for the summits:
*Hinds County, 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22; Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, 1170 Lakeland Drive, Jackson
* Rankin County, 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23; Rankin County Board of Supervisors Room, 211 East Government St., Brandon
*Madison County, 4-6 p.m.; Thursday, February 24, 4 – 6 p.m. Madison County Board of Supervisors Room, 125 West North St., Canton.

The staffs of the MPO and the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be on hand at the summits to receive comments and answer questions. The comment period runs through March 23. Details: cmpdd.org and multiplan2035.com.
Ted Carter/MBJ Staff

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