MUMPO Seeks Public Comment On Its 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan

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The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) is holding Open House-format meetings to receive the public’s input on proposed amendments to its 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and 2012-2018 Transportation Improvement Program. Public input will also be received on the Conformity Determination Report for the amended LRTP and TIP. The meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, April 17
5:00-8:00 PM
Pineville Hut
413 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC 28134

Wednesday, April 18
5:00-8:00 PM
Huntersville Town Hall
101 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

MUMPO is considering amending its LRTP and TIP, and making a conformity determination in response to an NCDOT proposal to implement improvements to I-77 and I-485. The following lists the proposed improvements.

I-5405: I-77 HOV-HOT
The following scenarios are being considered for implementation. One option will be chosen.
• I-5405: Convert the existing HOV lanes to HOT operations and extend them north to Exit 28. (2015 horizon year1 with HOT2+2)
• I-5405: Convert the existing HOV lanes to HOT operations and extend them north to Exit 28. (2015 horizon year with HOT3+3)
• I-5405: Convert the existing HOV lanes to HOT operations and expand them to provide 2 HOT lanes in each direction between I-85 and Exit 28. (2015 horizon year with 2 HOT2+)
• I-5405: Convert the existing HOV lanes to HOT operations and expand them to provide 2 HOT lanes in each direction between I-85 and Exit 28. (2015 horizon year with 2 HOT3+)

12015 horizon year: the project is anticipated to be open to traffic on or before December 31, 2015.
2HOT2+: Vehicles with at least 2 persons in the vehicle can ride for free.
3HOT3+: Vehicles with at least 3 persons in the vehicle can ride for free.

R-4902: I-485
The following scenarios are being modeled for air quality conformity, LRTP and TIP amendment purposes.
• Widen I-485 to 6 General Purpose (GP) lanes from I-77 to Rea Road (SR 3624), including a flyover at Johnston Road and all auxiliary lanes currently in place.
• Widen I-485 to 8 lanes (6-general purpose lanes and 2 express lanes, including all auxiliary lanes currently in place) from Rea Road (SR 3624) to Independence Boulevard (US 74). (LRTP amendment only).

The public is invited to attend the meetings and provide MUMPO with its comments and concerns. The public comment period closes on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Questions about the projects may be addressed to NCDOT Division 10 Engineer Barry Moose at 704-983-4400, or MUMPO Secretary Robert Cook at 704-336-8643.

MUMPO is responsible for coordinating transportation policy for local governmental jurisdictions within the Charlotte Urbanized Area. For more information, visit our website at www.mumpo.org.

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