Kent planning group seeks citizens’ input on transportation

DOVER — The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization wants ideas from citizens on how transportation throughout central Delaware can be improved.

Toward that effort, the Dover/Kent County MPO will host a public workshop for its “Vision 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan” on the main floor of the Dover Public Library in Meeting Room B from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“We will be holding a public workshop regarding the future of transportation in central Delaware and we are hoping to get as many people out there as possible,” said Kate Layton, the Outreach Manager for the MPO. “We’ll have maps available and a computer running with maps on it so if people want to zoom in on something they can take a look.

“This is for our long range transportation plan. It’s for our draft updates and we update [the transportation plan] every four years. We’re currently in the public input portion of drafting our updates.”

Ms. Layton said the MPO’s efforts serve as a guide for state planners on what the public wants when it comes to improvements in transportation and how federal transportation funds are allocated and spent.

The Dover/Kent County MPO plans to stop the input process in August to give the organization some time to incorporate the ideas it gathered and put them in a draft it will present to the MPO Council in January.

This evening’s meeting is a prime chance for citizens to present ideas for possible improvements.

“We will have different ways for people to comment and jot down their ideas,” Ms. Layton said. “They can suggest improvements to roads, to bicycle lanes, walking facilities, more sidewalks on roads … It can be anything and whatever they think will improve transportation in central Delaware.”

If an individual cannot come to this evening’s meeting, he/she can also email the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization with their comments and input at its website, or they can comment via the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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