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Comments sought on Transportation Plan

Comments sought on Transportation Plan
August 13
00:00 2015

In above photo: The Winston Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Draft Plan (Photo by Department of Transportation/City of Winston-Salem)

Chronicle Staff Report

The Winston-Salem Urban Area Transportation Advisory Committee, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation and the Winston-Salem Transit Authority are seeking public review and comment on the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The MTP is a federally mandated long-term plan that covers all facets of transportation, including highways and streets, mass transit, bike lanes, greenways, commercial transport, rail and air.

It takes into account projected transportation needs for the next 25 years and shows the projects that’ll meet those needs in a financially constrained way.

All of Forsyth County and parts of Stokes, Davey and Davidson counties are covered by the plan.

Input is also being sought on two related documents: the Draft Air Quality Conformity Determination Report, and the Draft Fiscal Years 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP).

The air quality report shows emissions projections to make sure the MTP meets standards mandated by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.

MTIP is a long- term transportation plan that involves state transportation projects by the N.C. Department of Transportation that MTP takes into account.

Drafts are available online at www.DOT.CityofWS.org, and copies are available through Aug. 20 at all town halls and public libraries in the urban area; at the N.C. Department of Transportation office at 375 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem; and at Suite 307 in the Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First St., Winston-Salem.

The Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which prepares the MTP, is holding drop-in meetings on the plan on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Honeybee Festival, 702 West Mountain St., Kernerville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug.t 18, at the Forsyth County Health Department, 799 North Highland Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents can submit written comments.

Comments can be submitted by email to fredrickh@nullcityofws.org; they can be faxed to 336-748-3370; or they can be mailed to Fred Haith, Winston-Salem Dept. of Transportation, P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem, NC 27102.

Comments must be received by Aug. 20.

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