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Friday, May 16, 2008

Reminder #2

If you haven't already heard, KMPO is joining with the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce to do a study of low-cost alternatives for improving mobility on US95, and we want your opinion.

Development along the US95 corridor has led to higher traffic volumes. As traffic increased, so have intersection safety and congestion concerns. During peak hours, there are long lines of cars waiting at signals along the highway, as well as backups on local cross streets.

The highway has been the subject of several previous long-range studies, but with so many projects vying so little funding, it's unlikely money will be available to make significant capacity improvements anytime soon. Inexpensive fixes are needed in the short term to improve safety and keep traffic flowing.

A kickoff meeting for the study will be held next Tuesday, May 20 from 3-5 p.m. at the Silver Lake Motel, 6160 N. Sunshine St. in Coeur d’Alene. We hope to see you there, or you can express your opinion right here.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.