Public Invited to Review Proposed Transportation Projects

February 11, 2020
2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan nearing completion

Today, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) made available for review and comment the draft transportation strategies and projects being included in the 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The MTP is a long-range planning document that identifies transportation deficiencies, policies, strategies and projects in MORPC’s federally designated transportation planning area. The area includes: Delaware County; Franklin County; Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County; New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County; and Jerome Township in Union County.

Draft strategies have been identified that will be used to create an efficient and comprehensive transportation system, which are available for review and comment. In addition to the strategies, MORPC also identifies transportation projects to be included in the MTP.

“In order to receive federal transportation funding in the future, projects are required be included in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Working closely with local, state, federal entities and the public allows us to be inclusive in preparing Central Ohio for what’s ahead.”
Nick Gill, MORPC Assistant Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development

MORPC reviews the local plans and studies to identify transportation needs and potential projects, which are then placed on a list of candidate projects. Also included in the list of candidate projects are recommendations received from the public. The projects were evaluated, and the draft projects for inclusion in the 2020-2050 MTP are now available at morpc.org/mtp2050.

Roadway, pedestrian, bikeway and public transit projects – including improvements identified by the Central Ohio Transit Authority and Delaware County Transit Board – are included in the MTP. The plan considers effects upon low-income and minority residents, as well as an air quality conformity analysis.

Members of the public and local governments are encouraged to comment on the draft strategies and projects to ensure their plans, studies and transportation-related needs are reflected in them.

“Before the final plan is adopted this spring, it’s important for us to receive feedback on the positive or negative aspects of the strategies and projects. Members of the public will be the ones using the transportation system, and our goal is to develop a system that is beneficial to all.”
Maria Schaper, MORPC Transportation Planning Manager

Comments can be submitted on the MTP interactive map, by e-mail to mtp@morpc.org or in writing to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attn: Thea (Walsh) Ewing, by 5 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2020.

The plan is expected to be completed in June 2020.

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