The Indiana Dept. of Transportation and IndyGo have requested amendments to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
The LRTP is a 20-year plan guiding decisions on how the region spends transportation dollars. It includes projects proposed by cities, towns and counties within the region. Being included in the LRTP makes the projects eligible to compete for federal funding assistance from the MPO.
The plan is updated every four years, but amendments can be requested if new projects are funded by outside dollars.
The three amendments that INDOT and IndyGo are recommending to the MPO’s LRTP, which addresses projects through 2045, include:
- I-70 Added Travel Lanes in Hancock County: INDOT would add two travel lanes (raising the total to six) for 10 miles from 1 mile west of Mt. Comfort Road to 1.2 miles east of Ind. 9, using state dollars. The project would be completed in 2023.
- Ind. 32 Added Travel Lanes in Hamilton County: INDOT would add 2.2 miles of travel lanes (raising the total to four) from Hazel Dell Road to Mensa Road, using state dollars. The project would be completed in 2026.
- Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit: IndyGo would construct 15.2 miles of dedicated BRT lanes from downtown Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence, using a federal grant. The project would be completed in2023.
The MPO Policy Committee will vote on the LRTP amendment and the transportation conformity analysis report at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 via a Zoom meeting. The meeting ID is 824 5441 5830, and the password is IMPO. Attendees also can access the meeting via phone at 312-626-6799. The password is 581993. The meeting will also be streamed live on the MPO’s YouTube channel. The meeting will be held by electronic means only and no members will be physically present. To review the documents, visit https://bit.ly/2OxVQ1X.