Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Seeking Public Comments and Input on Transportation Improvement Program
OMAHA – Nearly $640 million in federally funded roadway, trail, transit and aviation have been programmed in the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the metropolitan area in the next four years. MAPA is requesting public comment and participation for the proposed TIP document.
MAPA, per federal transportation legislation, must create and maintain a fiscally-constrained TIP that lists all federally-funded and “regionally significant” transportation projects programmed for at least the next four fiscal years. MAPA updates the TIP on an annual basis.
An important part of the transportation planning process is public engagement and involvement. As a draft of the TIP is now available, MAPA is asking for public review and input on the document. Comments regarding particular projects, project timelines, or any other areas of interest are welcome.
A 30-day public review period of the draft TIP begins Friday, August 27. Citizens may view the TIP and provide feedback at MAPA’s website, www.mapacog.org or by contacting the MAPA offices (below).
MAPA’s TIP process prioritizes federal transportation investments for the metro area. Some significant projects identified for the next four year period include:
·Widening 144th Street from two to four lanes between W. Dodge Road to Eagle Run Drive
·Construction of the Missouri River Bridge at US-34 south of Bellevue
·Widening Washington (84th) Street from Hwy 370 to Capehart Road in Papillion
·Realigning Saddle Creek Road from Leavenworth Street to Dodge Street with funding through UNMC and a federal earmark
·Reconstruction of 24th Street from 25th Avenue to 27th Avenue in Council Bluffs from a four-lane to a 5-lane roadway
·Reconstruction of I-80/I-29 in Council Bluffs
·Investments in traffic operations and signal coordination technology though a traffic control center in Omaha
·Development of a one-call center for specialized transit services
The TIP is developed in conjunction with local and state jurisdictions as well as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The TIP is approved by the MAPA Board of Directors, which is made up of elected officials from the five-county MAPA region.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is a voluntary association of local governments in the greater Omaha region chartered in 1967. MAPA performs planning and development work, especially to address problems that are regional in scope and cross jurisdictional boundaries.