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2006 Media Releases


Date:
September 22, 2006
For More Information Contact:
David Cary, Transportation Planner, 441-6364
Virendra Singh, Long Term Planning Manager, 441-7835


LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN IS FOCUS OF OPEN HOUSES

Two public open houses are scheduled next week to gather opinions on the City and County’s future transportation needs through the year 2030. The open house meetings are an important step in updating the City/County Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

“All of our meetings are to give the public an avenue to view the material, visit with staff and comment on what they think about the update,” said Karl Fredrickson, Director of Public Works and Utilities. “While we have a draft document for public review, no alternatives have been eliminated. We want to hear further from the public on how they would like to improve our transportation system.”

Fredrickson said public input on the update thus far has been valuable in updating the transportation plan to reflect new growth areas added to the city in recent years. “We’ve updated the Lincoln-area traffic model to reflect anticipated growth,” said Fredrickson. “We are now seeking additional ideas on improvements people would like included in the future transportation plan.”

The open houses are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Thursday, September 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, 3125 Portia Street

The LRTP is a major component of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in May 2002. Federal regulations require the City to update its LRTP every five years. As part of the Comprehensive Plan, the City-County Planning Commission has given preliminary approval to the City’s “future service limit,” which shows the areas where utility services and future growth will occur in Lincoln through the year 2030.

At the open houses, the public will have the opportunity to comment on the major transportation topics in the Comprehensive Plan: pedestrian facilities; bicycle facilities; public transit; roads and streets; intelligent transportation systems; maintenance; railroads; airports; and goods and freight.

Information gathered from the open houses will be used to develop recommendations to forward to the Planning Commission and to draft the final document. The updates of the Comprehensive Plan and the LRTP are expected to be completed by the end of 2006.

Those needing special assistance at an open house can contact the Planning Department at 441-7491 at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan and the LRTP, see the City-County Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cpupdate).


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