For immediate release - December 20, 2005
LEESBURG — The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board adopted last week the organization’s first Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
The 20-page summary plan identifies many improvements for all modes of transportation, including public transportation, sidewalks, bicycle facilities and roads. Interested parties can view the final 2025 LRTP at www.LakeSumterMPO.com/2025.
Established in 2004, the Lake-Sumter MPO is tasked with efficiently planning for the community’s transportation needs. Not only does the LRTP address a number of federal and state requirements for the Lake-Sumter MPO, but it lays the groundwork for prioritizing transportation projects in a cost-feasible manner.
“This plan will act as a tool for the Lake-Sumter MPO to plan, guide and monitor the development of the transportation system in Lake and Sumter counties during the next 20 years,” said T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake-Sumter MPO.
The improvements identified in the LRTP are intended to provide mobility and enhance the safety and economic development potential of Lake and Sumter counties. The $700 million plan includes proposed improvements to and additions of 496 lane miles of roads, 132 miles of sidewalks and 118 miles of bicycle facilities, as well as the establishment of a fixed-route transit system in Lake County.
At the Oct. 26 meeting of the Lake-Sumter MPO Board, the final cost-feasible plan was agreed to through a unanimous vote. At that point, the MPO Board opened the required 45-day public comment period in order to receive input on the plan from the residents of the Lake-Sumter region. At the final hearing on Dec. 14 the Lake-Sumter MPO Board adopted the final cost-feasible plan.
“Through the long-range planning process, the MPO Board determined the major transportation needs of our region between now and 2025,” Fish said. “To end up with a final plan, the MPO Board prioritized which needs could be realistically funded through 2015 and through 2025 and those are the projects included in this final plan.”
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