Sierra Vista MPO Quarterly Newsletter

July - September 2015

 

Message from the SVMPO Administrator

The end of June 2015 marked the first full year of operation for the Sierra Vista MPO.  The MPO was very busy during the past year with numerous projects that included the beginning of the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study.  

This next 12 months will be just as busy.  The RTP will be completed as well as other plans and studies that are important to the City and County. 

I would like to thank the SVMPO Board, City, and County staff for all their support and I look forward to the coming year. 

Thank you,

Daniel Coxworth, SVMPO Administrator 

In This Issue:

Work Program & Budget

Progress Report: 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

West End, Fry Blvd Corridor Study

MPO 101

Meet the Intern 

Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study

Work Program & Budget

The SVMPO Board approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Work Program & Budget.  Projects the SVMPO will be working on include:

• Fry Blvd, West End Corridor Study:  Corridor study of Fry Boulevard on the City's West End from 7th Street to Buffalo Soldier Trail (More information below).

• Origin Destination Study:  This study will identify the number of people who visit Sierra Vista region, where they come from and how this impacts the region's transportation system and economy.

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program:  The SVMPO will purchase bicycle and pedestrian counters to collect data that will help city and county staff plan for new facilities and to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

• Bus Pullout Design:  Two new bus pull-outs will be designed on E. Hwy 90 near Food City and Fry's Grocery Store.

The  Work Program & Budget is currently available on the SVMPO web site.  

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Progress Report: 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Roadway System

Chapter 3: Roadway System of the SVMPO Long Range Transportation Plan is available for public review and comment.  The Chapter discusses the current roadway system in the SVMPO Planning area and list projects as funding becomes available.

The RTP is a 25-year long range transportation plan that will be a road map for transportation projects and programs in the SVMPO Planning area. The RTP identifies goals, strategies and priorities for meeting the region's transportation needs.

Public input is an integral and necessary part of the RTP development process.  For plan updates, please visit the SVMPO's 2040 RTP project web page: www.SVMPO.org/rtp2040.

 

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West End, Fry Boulevard Corridor Study

Fry Boulevard is a major commercial urban thoroughfare in Sierra Vista.  Less than a one mile stretch of the road is in the City's West End, the oldest area of town where businesses along the road are small and mostly locally owned.  

To create a safe and welcoming community, one of the Sierra Vista City Council's strategic objectives is to update and implement a plan to beautify public infrastructure that increases walk-ability and bike-ability on Fry Blvd.  

The Fry Boulevard, West End Corridor Study will identify multi-modal transportation and streetscape design options and strategies to improve the corridor with a particular focus on how transportation and streestcape impact place-making and economic development. 

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MPO 101

The governing bodies of MPOs comprise local elected officials and other regional and state representatives, who in turn develop and guide policies and investment priorities. An MPO’s effectiveness often depends upon the extent to which this leadership sees its role as serving parochial interests at a regional table, or advancing shared priorities that benefit both local communities and the region as a whole.  Source: The Innovative MPO

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Meet the Intern

Greg Christakos was recently hired by the SVMPO as an intern.  A Graduate student in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Arizona, Greg first approached the City about volunteering,  looking for work that compliments his course of study while also gaining valuable experience.  

Numerous MPO projects are keeping Greg very busy.  Projects include a  sidewalk and ADA ramp inventory of the entire City; writing the Transit chapter of the Regional Transportation Plan; and helping the City with mapping and analysis for a Walk/Bike to School day scheduled to take place in October among other day-to-day activities.  

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Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study

The room was packed again at the second public open house on April 14. Dibble Engineering gave a presentation explaining the  evaluation criteria for each alternative route and the preferred route (Alternative D) with the highest score.

 

The DRAFT Final DCR (Design Concept Report) is available for review and comment HERE.

The SVMPO Board will hear a presentation about the Final DCR at their meeting on July 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Sierra Vista City Hall.

For more information about the project and announcements, please see the project web page.

Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization
401 Giulio Cesare Avenue
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
520.439.2178
SVMPO@SierraVistaAZ.gov

www.SVMPO.org

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