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INDOT seeks public comment on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

April 9, 2019

La PORTE — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) invites the public to comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). As part of INDOT’s commitment to public outreach and engagement, a public open house is scheduled to raise awareness of the STIP and solicit input from Hoosiers on Thursday at Rochester High School, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester, Indiana from 5 to 7 p.m. EST.

The STIP is a federally mandated four-year funding and scheduling document for surface transportation projects in Indiana. Project types involving pavement and bridge facilities, projects addressing safety, congestion, mobility and emergency response can be found in the STIP. In addition, this document includes investment in various modes of transportation including transit, pedestrian trails, and bicycle facilities. Only projects in which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available, are included.

During the open houses, INDOT team members will be available to engage in conversation, address questions and solicit input related to a variety of topics including project selection, multimodal, highway safety, economic opportunity, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) programs, Local Public Agency (LPA) programs, public involvement, district construction, maintenance, traffic operations and transportation planning.

States are required to update STIPs every two years and do so in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s), and local governments in non-metropolitan areas. The current STIP document covers fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

For more information about the STIP, to view the document, and submit public comment online, visit http://www.in.gov/indot/2348.htm.

INDOT Northwest will also host a STIP meeting on May 8, at Hammond High School, 5926 Calumet Ave., Hammond from 5 to 7 p.m.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.