Public Comment Opportunities
The public is invited to comment on the following open topic(s):
20-21 UPWP Addendum / 21-24 MTIP / AQCD
Each year, the partner agencies of the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) work with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to update and adopt a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for transportation planning. A draft addendum to the current FY2020-2021 UPWP is currently available for public review and comment.
The MPO is planning transportation improvements and projects for the next four years (2021-2024), this is referred to as the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). The MTIP sets forth the MPO’s investment priorities for transit and transit-related improvements, highways and roadways, bicycle and pedestrian, and other surface transportation improvements. This is a coordinated planning effort to ensure that transportation investments are consistent with the vision and priorities for the broader system.
The MTIP is accompanied by a draft Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD), which is a draft assessment of the projects included in the MTIP intended to ensure that all transportation activities in the MTIP meet the required air quality standards.
Draft addendum to FY20-21 UPWP
Draft 2021-2024 MTIP.pdf
A public comment period for the daft addendum to the 20-21 UPWP, draft MTIP and air quality analysis is now open. The public is invited to provide comments on these documents. Comments received before the public comment period closes on April 26, 2020 will be provided to decision makers to consider as part of the approval process.
A public hearing will be held at the April 2 meeting of the Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC). The meeting will begin at 11:30 and will be held as a virtual meeting (rather than in-person) to comply with the Governor's directive in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Check the MPO's website (www.thempo.org) for information on joining the virtual meeting. The policy board will consider adoption of these documents at their May 7, 2020 meeting currently scheduled for 11:30 - 1:30 at Coburg City Hall.
The public involvement process for the MTIP also satisfies the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program of Projects (POP) review for federally funded TIP transit projects.
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The following amendments to the 2018-2021 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) are proposed:
ODOT Project (KN20433)
Willamette River WB Bridge - paint structure
The proposed amendment will increase construction funding for the Oregon 38: Umpqua River (Scottsburg) Bridge Replacement project in Region 3 by $7,473,931 so that the contract can be awarded. This increase is due to higher than expected bids. The total estimated cost of the project will increase from $40,398,000 to $47,871,931.
Additional funding will come from (1) the Oregon 126: Willamette River Westbound Bridge painting project located in Springfield and (2) the existing House Bill 2017 (2017 Transportation Funding) Discretionary balance. The preliminary engineering and right-of-way phases of the Oregon 126 project will continue as programmed, but the construction phase will be cancelled until future funding becomes available. For more details, click here.
Comments will be accepted through April 16, 2020.
Metropolitan Policy Committee
Lane Council of Governments
Eugene, OR 97401
Contact MPO Program Manager at Lane Council of Governments Paul Thompson at 541-682-4283, or via email.