The Missouri Department of Transportation [MoDOT] has launched a statewide survey to solicit public input on what the state’s transportation priorities should be.
Information gained will be used in preparing the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan [LRTP], a federally required process that sets the state’s 25-year vision for transportation.
“Our long range planning process is a critical time for our department to assess the needs of our system and hear directly from our customers – the citizens of Missouri – to ensure our priorities match the needs of our people,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “As we work to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, the LRTP gives us the ability to review public and stakeholder input and address those customer needs.”
Missouri’s current plan was approved in February 2014 but new federal laws and regulations require additional content, including system performance measurements and targets.
As MoDOT updates its LRTP, the department will review the goals established in 2014. In addition, the new plan will be the first time Missouri examines how to prepare for autonomous and connected vehicles.
MoDOT is gathering public input through an online survey tool. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, was developed as a simple way for all Missourians to weigh in on the LRTP.
The survey will remain open through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Interested citizens can take the survey online by visiting modotlrtp.metroquest.com. MoDOT encourages residents who need access to a computer to visit their local public library or the MoDOT district office, which will have paper copies of the survey available.
Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system, with 33,856 miles of roadways and 10,403 bridges. MoDOT says the public-input process is critical to planning how to balance the preservation and maintenance of the current system with new demands and infrastructure priorities.
The final plan will be available for public comment in the spring and will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for review and consideration for approval at its May 2018 meeting.
Those with questions about the survey and the long range planning process should call MoDOT’s customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or mail questions and comments to Transportation Planning, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102.