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Update Regarding the Planning Process

The MAPO area partners and the consultant team have been working through the Winter and Spring on the Long Range Transportation Plan Update (LRTP). Our intention has been to bring forward this work for area stakeholders, community members, and the public to review. However, following guidance from state health officials to protect the health of Minnesotans and prevent further spread of COVID-19, the MAPO has postponed all in-person public engagement activities for the Long Range Transportation Plan Update until further notice.

Transportation planning and public engagement remains an important priority. We invite you to join a live virtual public meeting on Thursday, July 16th at 5:00 pm. This meeting will be recorded and provided online afterwards for the public to interact with, review project materials, and take a survey. While this engagement will not be in person, it will be inclusive and accessible for most with alternatives available for those that may not be able to connect in an online/virtual way. Thank you for staying connected and we hope to see you on July 16th.

About the Plan

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) completed their inaugural Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in 2015. The LRTP serves as a blueprint for making transportation decisions and offers guidance and direction for elected leaders, citizens, economic interests, and stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for system preservation and mobility. The LRTP prioritizes improvements to coordinate preservation needs (so as to maintain the future metropolitan transportation system in a state of good repair) with mobility, safety, freight, and congestion needs to accommodate planned growth in the area. The LRTP has been financially constrained and also presents new transportation initiatives and strategies. This federally compliant plan outlines how the MAPO and its member jurisdictions will grow and manage the transportation system over the next 30 years (year 2045 horizon).

Per federal requirements, the MAPO is required to update their LRTP every five years. Public participation and agency coordination has been an important element in identifying issues and needs. Public engagement will continue to play an important role in evaluating proposed projects and in building support for the overall LRTP Update. Sign up below to receive information about the LRTP Update. 

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