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4/28/2012 12:51:00 PM
Kentuckiana transportation organization updating long-range plan

Braden Lammers, News and Tribune

LOUISVILLE — Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency is updating its plan for 2040.

The region’s transportation planning agency is in the process of updating to its Metropolitan Transportation Plan and continued to outline how it will go about the process at its meeting Thursday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan being updated is the organization’s long-range transportation plan, which will replace the current Horizon 2030 document, and will extend its transportation plans in the region through 2040. An update to KIPDA’s Transportation Improvement Plan — a four year planning document — will be completed after the long-range update is completed.

“This is a major update,” said KIPDA Transportation Planner David Burton. “Major updates we do when there’s new census information that is brought to the table. This is one of those updates where we take a hard look at everything that impacts transportation and that transportation impacts.”

KIPDA is planning to review 41 Transportation Analysis Districts to help answer local transportation needs.

However, Burton said the planning organization is not necessarily looking for road plans from the public.

“Our transportation plan is about making connections,” he said. “It’s not about providing infrastructure, it’s not about building roads or adding transit. It’s about making our community better, and whatever form that needs to take, that’s what we’re going to do.”

To update the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, KIPDA will investigate the issues and wants during 2012, help identify solutions in 2013 and provide review and adoption of an updated plan in 2014. In order to get the input of what transportation plans the public would like to see implemented, KIPDA Public Outreach Specialist Josh Suiter said the organization is developing a marketing plan. He said the marketing contract with Williams Randall Marketing totals $50,000 and includes a video, a website and outreach and marketing plans. Exclusively for marketing, KIPDA is planning a campaign that includes billboards, newspaper, web-based and radio advertisements totaling $24,918.

To gather public input KIPDA will host 25 community workshops held between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and will be in an open house format. Indiana workshops are planned for: Monday, May 21 at Highland Hills Middle School, 3492 Edwards Galena Road in Georgetown; Tuesday, June 5 at Griffin Street Recreation Center, 1140 Griffin St. in New Albany; Tuesday, June 12 at Charlestown Library, 51 Clark Road in Charlestown; and Thursday, June 21 at Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway in Clarksville.

A meeting is also planned for Jeffersonville, but a location has not been determined.

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