El Paso County, CO, February 4, 2016 – Residents throughout El Paso County are invited to participate in planning the County’s future transportation system by getting involved in the Major Transportation Corridors Plan (MTCP) Update. The Update process will address how we travel, how we prepare for new development and how much we will invest to meet our future transportation needs.
“Transportation impacts everyone, everyday; our time, our families, our communities, our health and safety, commerce, economic development and our pocketbooks,” said Victoria Chavez, an El Paso County Transportation Planner. “Although this is a plan for 2040, the choices we make will start to impact us right away. To set priorities that reflect our County as a whole, we need to hear from everyone across the County about how our transportation system can best serve them.”
The last MTCP Update, completed in 2011, led to significant road improvement projects and better maintenance. It established priorities for funding through the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority and helped to preserve land for roads in anticipation of future development. This Update will focus on connecting urban and rural areas of the County, planning for adequate funding to meet future needs, exploring options for accommodating non-motorized travel and other issues established through community input. The MTCP also identifies long-term right-of-way needs in each roadway corridor.
To participate in MTCP Update, you can:
- Sign-up for project updates and/or submit a comment or question through our Contact Form at http://epcroadplan.com/contact-us/
- Take the online survey at http://epcroadplan.com/how-to-participate/ to tell us your thoughts on the transportation system
- Contact the project manager at VictoriaChavez@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6884
- Attend a Highway Advisory Committee meeting- These occur the third Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at Pikes Peak Regional Building 2880 International Circle Hearing Room http://adm.elpasoco.com/publicservices/transportation/Pages/HighwayAdvisoryCommission.aspx
Check back frequently for additional information and new ways to get involved
The Public Services Department is coordinating development of this Update under the guidance of the El Paso County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. When the plan is completed in December 2016, it will provide:
- An updated vision for future transportation
- A prioritized list of transportation improvements
- A funding plan for ensuring adequate resources to build the future transportation system
- A long-term right-of-way preservation plan for each roadway corridor
- Plan document for use by the public, Planning Commission, elected officials, developers and other departments
For more information contact Victoria Chavez at VictoriaChavez@elpasoco.com or call 719-520-6884.