June 08, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

OTO Public Comment Period

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:

City of Battlefield Cloverdale Sidewalk FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
The City of Battlefield is requesting to utilize ARRA funding to construct sidewalks along Cloverdale Street near the Wilson’s Creek Middle School.

Safe Routes Safety and Education Initiative Phase II FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
An amendment is being requested to add an enhancement project in the amount of $91,250 for Ozark Greenways to provide safety and awareness for bicycle and pedestrian commuters within the OTO area.

Ozark Greenways Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Education FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
A TIP amendment is proposed to utilize Springfield and Greene County STP-Urban funding to fund salaries for transportation planning and educational activities related to bicycle & pedestrian facilities and programs conducted by Ozark Greenways.

Kansas & Evergreen FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed to change the program year of the project from FY07 to FY09.

Route 66 Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed to change the program year of the project from FY08 to FY09.

Route 66 Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed to change the program year of the project from FY08 to FY09.

ITS Management and Operations FY 2009-2010 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed for ITS Management and Operations. The request is to adjust the MoDOT and Federal Highway Administration funding to reflect revised estimates.

On Call Work Zone Enforcement FY 2009-2010 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed for On Call Work Zone Enforcement. The request is to adjust the MoDOT and Federal Highway Administration funding to reflect revised estimates.

US 160/State Highway 14 Intersection FY 2009-2012 TIP Amendment
An administrative TIP amendment is proposed to change the funding amounts and sources for the engineering and design of the US 160 and State Highway 14 intersection improvement project.

Advanced Traffic Management Systems Deployment Phase I – Installation
This is an administrative amendment to phase the ATMS Phase 1 deployment and show this project in FY 2010.

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 June 3, 2009 and end on June 18, 2009. The OTO Board of Directors will review and possibly approve the amendments at a June 18, 2009 Board Meeting, held from Noon to 1 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room of the Busch Municipal Building located at 840 Boonville, Springfield MO. An opportunity for public comment will be available at this meeting, as well. After reviewing recommendations and entertaining 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, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 117, Springfield MO 65806, 417-836-5543.

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