After a two-year planning process, CMPDD is pleased to announce the release of the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) Proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Metropolitan Planning Organizations, like the Jackson MPO, are required by Federal law to update their long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan at least every five years.
The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a comprehensive blueprint of the region’s transportation system needs over the next 25 years for Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties. The plan analyzes existing transportation infrastructure and seeks to forecast changes in the region to identify transportation improvements needed to keep people and goods moving smoothly. The plan addresses all aspects of the transportation system including road conditions, traffic congestion, safety, freight movement, non-motorized transportation, and public transit. The plan also identifies a financially feasible list of proposed improvements to be implemented over the next 25 years.
Financial projections show that $4.43 billion is expected to be available in transportation funding from local, state, and federal sources over the next 25 years for roadway projects. Federal grant funds awarded by the Jackson MPO cannot be used for local transportation projects unless they are first identified as a need in the region’s long-range plan.
The proposed plan consists of two main components the Executive Summary and seven Technical Reports which are available for review on CMPDD’s website; http://cmpdd.org/transportation/2045-metropolitan-transportation-plan/. The Executive Summary is also available in an interactive story map format.
The plan was released for public comment on September 19th, and the comment period will remain open through November 2, 2020. After consideration of all comments received during the public comment period the Jackson MPO will consider adopting the proposed 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan during its November meeting. Once approved, the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation plan will help guide future transportation projects and initiatives in the region over the next five years.
The proposed document represents months of work and was developed in collaboration with MPO Committee members, the MS Department of Transportation, transportation stakeholders, and the general public. For more information please contact Lesley Callender at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization’s transportation planning process.