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Officials seeking public input as they look to update long-range transportation plan
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Officials are seeking the public's input to update the area's long-range transportation plan. - photo by Jeff Gill

Area transportation planners are seeking the public’s help in coming up with a projects list through 2050.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting an online survey through May 24.

Residents are asked, among other things, to identify areas where they’ve experienced safety or congestion issues while driving.

People also can meet with staff at an MPO booth at the Gainesville Spring Chicken Festival on April 27 or attend a public meeting.

Dates for the meetings will be posted online once they are set. On that webpage, residents can also sign up for updates.

“Public involvement is a key part of the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan update,” said Sam Baker, the MPO’s transportation planning manager, in a recent email.

“A key part of this plan update will be the development of a financially constrained list of transportation projects in the Gainesville-Hall region to be implemented" between 2020 and 2050, Baker said.

Projects will include “a wide variety of transportation-related improvements, including potential new roads, road widenings and intersection improvements,” he said. “We are also looking at improvements for transit, bicycles and pedestrians.”

The MPO’s website says that “throughout the life of the (project update), we will be soliciting input from interested citizens, business owners and stakeholders in the community in order to understand current conditions and future needs.”

The long-range plan was last updated in 2015 and considers projects as far out as 2040. Residents can view the current plan on the MPO’s website.