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Consultation Meeting for 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Projects – January 22, 2019

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Muskegon/Northern Ottawa County Area, the West Michigan Metropolitan Planning Organization (WestPlan) is required to produce a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) with, at a minimum, a twenty-year planning horizon. The LRTP must include both long and short-range strategies/actions that lead to the development of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates safe and efficient movement of people and goods, while addressing current and future transportation demands. Throughout the plan development, deficiencies are identified on the county transportation system and improvements are planned to mitigate those problem areas. This list of projects is included in the plan. In accordance with federal regulations set out by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST Act), WestPlan, as a part of the LRTP development process, is required to consult with agencies that are responsible for environmental protection, historical preservation, natural resource management, transportation services, economic development, human services, and land use planning. You have been identified as an agency of this type or an interested partner.

WestPlan is seeking input on its 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan list and map of proposed projects. The list and map are available here:

LRP 2045 Project List and Map for Consultation


An open house style meeting to allow dialogue on any comments will be held on:

 Wednesday, January 22, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

(this is an open house meeting with no formal presentation so please stop anytime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

WMSRDC office in the Terrace Plaza Building in downtown Muskegon

316 Morris Avenue, Suite 387,

Muskegon, MI  49440-1140


Please provide any written comments by Wednesday, January 22, 2019 to the address above or by email to Joel Fitzpatrick, Transportation Director at For questions or verbal comments, please call (231) 722-7878 ext. 16.  Your comments are an integral part of the transportation planning process.



Long Range Transportation Plan Under Development

Long Range Transportation Plan Being Developed 

The West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program (WestPlan) is pleased to announce that we have begun developing the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for Muskegon and Northern Ottawa Counties. The 2045 LRTP is a federally mandated document that provides for a multi-jurisdictional, multi-year look at the future transportation network of Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County. The plan is used as a guide for investment of public funds that include capital improvements to the highway and transit transportation system within the area. Technical modeling and analysis of the current transportation system provides a guide to plan for future deficiencies of the network. One of the goals of the plan is to address these deficiencies with projects that will allow the network to run more efficiently. The plan also includes local, state, and federal transportation goals and objectives to guide transportation plans and projects. The plan must be financially constrained, and must adhere to other federal requirements such as performance based planning, air quality conformity, environmental mitigation, environmental justice, and public involvement.

WestPlan will keep the public informed during the development of the LRTP, which is expected to be completed by April of 2020, and offer numerous opportunities for area residents to get involved in the planning process or provide input. WestPlan will send email updates to the Interested Citizen/Agency Group and host public meetings to get community and stakeholder feedback. To join the mailing list or submit a comment, please send email to or call (231) 722-7878 x 19. The public is encouraged to submit comments in person, online, over the phone, or by mail, at any time during the development of the LRTP.

New FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Go to the New 2020-2023 TIP page