One of the key documents required for a community to build transportation projects is the federally-mandated Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Federal Highway Administration requires urban localities to have a public process for decisions related to projects that receive funding from the U.S. Government.
Twelve years ago, this document became a key battle point in fate of the Western Bypass. For many years, Albemarle officials used the LRTP and the companion Transportation Improvement Program to block construction dollars from being allocated to the planet. On June 8, 2011, a majority of the Board of Supervisors voted to drop that barrier allowing the project to move forward. The project ended up not getting built, but none of this would have been possible without the document being amended.
The last plan was adopted in 2019 and now transportation at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission are preparing the next update in a process they’ve called Moving Toward 250. Visit the web page to learn more.
The first official meeting is a webinar at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Register here.
The official open house is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the TJPDC’s headquarters on Water Street.
There’s also a survey. Will you take it? Share it with others? (link to survey)
This is not the only way transportation decisions are made, but it’s worth knowing about in an era of continued population growth.
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