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Friday, October 8, 2010

Voice Your Opinion On How Transportation Will Develop Locally In The Next 20 Years

As of yesterday, the draft 2010-2035 Kootenai Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is available for public comment and review. And that's a big deal because the MTP is a long-range plan for how transportation will develop in the region over the next twenty years. We're talking big money here folks.

The Plan includes the current condition of our local roadway system, projected future conditions, lists of over $1 billion in projects local jurisdictions hope to construct over the next two decades, and a financial plan of how to pay for those projects and general maintenance.

There will be an open house style meeting from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Idaho Transportation Department office in Coeur d'Alene (600 W. Prairie Ave.)to provide the public a chance to review and comment on the MTP. Open house means you can come and go anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is an important meeting as this document proposes how transportation will grow in the next two decades.

You can view the draft MTP 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.