April 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Public Comment Period for 2009-2012 TIP Amendments

The Ozarks Transportation Organization announces a public comment period for the public to review and comment on the proposed amendments to the 2009-2012 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a schedule of transportation improvements planned by various agencies in the Ozarks Transportation Organization boundary over the next four years. To be eligible for federal funds, a project must be included in the TIP.

The following amendments have been requested:

US 160/ State Highway 14 Intersection FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
A TIP amendment is proposed to utilize ARRA funds in the City of Nixa to fund the engineering and design of the US 160 and State Highway 14 intersection improvement project.

US 65 from Highway D (Sunshine) to Business Route 65 (Chestnut) FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment.
A TIP amendment is needed in order to amend the project amount for the widening of US 65 between Sunshine and Chestnut. The prior approved project amount did not include construction engineering or right-of-way incidentals. This is being added in order to match the MoDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

South Dry Sac Phase II FY 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the South Dry Sac Phase II Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2006-2008 TIP as a 2006 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP’s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

Benton Avenue Streetscape 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the Benton Avenue Streetscape Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP’s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

Boonville Avenue Phase I North Streetscape 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the Boonville Avenue Phase I North Streetscape Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP’s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

St. Louis Street Streetscape 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the St. Louis Street Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP’s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

South Dry Sac Greenway 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the South Dry Sac Greenway Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP┐s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

Walnut Street Streetscape 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the Walnut Street Streetscape Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP┐s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

Wilhoit Plaza Streetscape 2009-2012 Administrative TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is needed in order to move the Wilhoit Plaza Streetscape Enhancement project to FY 2009. The project originally appeared in the FY 2007-2010 TIP as a 2007 project. FHWA is requiring all projects from previous TIP┐s that have not begun to appear in the current TIP.

The amendments will be available for review at the Ozarks Transportation Organization, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 107 and at ozarkstransportation.org. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Ozarks Transportation Organization, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 107, Springfield, MO 65806, emailed to sedwards@ozarkstransportation.org or faxed to 417-862-6013.

The public comment period will begin on April 20, 2009 and end on May 4, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. The OTO Board of Directors will review and possibly approve the amendments at a May 4, 2009 electronic Board Meeting. After reviewing recommendations and public comment, the MPO Board of Directors will decide whether to formally adopt the amendments. For more information contact: Sara Edwards, Senior Planner, Ozarks Transportation Organization, PO Box 8368, Springfield MO 65801, 417-836-5543.

P.O. Box 8368, 840 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1093/FAX (417) 864-1030