MDOT preparing transportation plan for 2045

SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (03/13/19) - How will we get around 25 years down the road? Do you want to see new roads built or fix up existing routes?

The Michigan Department of Transportation is asking for your input on those topics and much more.

The state's transportation agency is gathering information for its long-range transportation plan known as, "Michigan Mobility 2045".

"We want to get the perspective of the public, of the people who are going to be most affected by the work that we're doing in transportation," explained MDOT Public Involvement and Hearings Officer Anita Richardson.

Information gathered during this visioning phase will be compiled and put into the plan to be unveiled in late 2020.

"Whether it's bicycle lanes, whether it's trails, whether it's fixing the roads, maintaining the roads, building new roads, rail, freight transportation priorities," Richardson said.

Wednesday MDOT workers spent a few hours at Hoyt Library in Saginaw. Thursday they'll be at the Flint Farmers' Market.

The survey also is online and can be found by clicking on the 'Related Link' with this story.

This planning process is done every five years and helps with investment decisions for the next quarter-century.

"Transportation today is like we're on the advent of something completely new from connected and autonomous vehicles, and everything that goes along with the new automated technologies and their intersection with transportation," Richardson said. "There will be a lot new, but that is why we need to hear from folks. How you want to get around, how can we make your communities livable with the decisions we're making about transportation, what does it mean to you?"

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