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The New Fiscal Year 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is Available for Public Comment and Review

Federally Required Public Comment Period for the FY2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Draft Fiscal Year 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) draft plan and project lists are available for public comment. The TIP document describes transportation projects for the next four years. Specific projects include road resurfacing, road reconstruction, bridge replacement, intersection improvements, as well as non-motorized and transit-related projects. The draft TIP plan and project lists are available at the link below and at the office of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, or at a local government office upon request through WMSRDC.

A public meeting to discuss the draft TIP plan and project lists is scheduled for:

Date:             Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Time:            10:00 a.m. – Noon

Place:            West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission

                       316 Morris Ave, Suite 340

                       Muskegon, MI 49440

If you are unable to attend, written or verbal comments will be accepted through May, 14, 2019. Please send comments to Amy Haack by mail at 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan 49440 or email to ahaack@wmsrdc.org or call (231) 722-7878 x 19.

It is expected in June of 2019 that the MPO Committees (the Technical and the Policy Committees) will formally act on adopting a finalized new TIP for 2020 to 2023. Comments are solicited throughout the process and there will be an opportunity at the June 19, 2019 Policy Committee meeting for final comments on the TIP before action is taken by the Policy Committee.

The process for maintaining the new TIP is ongoing. The document is fully updated every two to three years, but changes occur between updates. Projects can change, be removed, and/or new projects added. Certain categories of federal funding are awarded on an annual basis. In order for the funds to be spent, the projects selected for those funds need to be added to the existing TIP. All of these types of changes are done through an “amendment” process. The amendment process requires a re-evaluation of financial soundness (called fiscal constraint), a double check of environmental justice issues, and a review of air quality impacts (if required, and depending upon the type of project). The amendment process incorporates public involvement as well. Amendment details are posted at www.wmsrdc.org

 

The Draft 2020-2023 TIP Document is available here for review.