Upcoming Transportation Projects Soon to Receive Funding – Virtual Open House March 31
Members of the public have the opportunity to provide comments on projects proposed for construction during the next four years in both the metropolitan and rural areas of Central Ohio.
As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the Columbus urbanized area, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) conducts a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation process for a planning area that includes: Delaware and Franklin counties; Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County; New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County; and Jerome Township in Union County.
While finalizing the long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), MORPC has also been working on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). While projects must be included in the long-range plan to be eligible to receive federal funding, the TIP identifies the projects – along with specific funding sources – to be implemented by local agencies and the state over the next four years.
Through the TIP, residents and communities can see what transportation projects in their area – such as highways, public transit, bikeways and sidewalks – will be built to accommodate a growing population and offer residents choices in how to travel.
MORPC generally updates the TIP for the metropolitan area every two years, and it serves to advance the transportation system and progress toward the performance targets established in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Approximately $1.9 billion will be used for the projects. The draft 2021-2024 TIP is available on for review and comment, with the final draft being made available March 30. The public comment period will be open until April 20, 2020.
MORPC’s transportation work extends beyond the metropolitan planning area into the rural parts of Central Ohio. Because of its experience in transportation planning, MORPC has been partnering with ODOT and officials in Fairfield, Knox, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties to provide transportation planning products and services through the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO).
Similar in purpose to MORPC’s TIP, CORPO has its draft 2021-2024 TIP available for public review and comment. The CORPO TIP will use approximately $270 million over four years, and the public comment period is open until April 10, 2020.
Upcoming Open House
A combined public open house for the Metropolitan Planning Organization TIP and the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization TIP will take place. Although originally scheduled to be at MORPC on March 31, the in-person event is being changed to an online/virtual open house due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The virtual open house will share aspects of both TIPs, and staff members will be available to answer questions. More information on the open house and how to access it will become available at both morpc.org/tip and morpc.org/corpo.
Providing Public Comments
Comments can be provided during the virtual open house, by e-mail, or in writing.
To comment on the Metropolitan Planning Organization TIP:
- E-mail comments to email@example.com.
- Send comments in writing to MORPC TIP, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215.
- Provide comments by 5 p.m. April 20, 2020.
To comment on the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization TIP:
- E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send comments in writing to CORPO TIP, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215.
- Provide comments by 5 p.m. April 10, 2020.
Both TIPs are expected to be adopted in May.