Sierra Vista MPO Quarterly Newsletter

October - December 2015

 

ADOT District Boundary Changes

On October 1 the Sierra Vista region and most of western Cochise County will be located in the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Tucson District.  Previously, Sierra Vista was located in the Safford District.   

What does this mean for Sierra Vista?  It means city and county staff will coordinate with the Tucson District office for projects that affect State Highways (Hwy 90 and 92) in the region.  It also means the Tucson District Engineer will now serve on the SVMPO Board of Directors.

Sierra Vista MPO would like to welcome Rod Lane, Tucson District Engineer to the SVMPO Board of Directors! 

 

 

In This Issue:

Progress Report: 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Project Kick-Off: West End Fry Blvd Corridor Study

MPO 101

Sidewalk Inventory

Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study

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Progress Report: 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Transit 

Chapter 5: Transit of the SVMPO Long Range Transportation Plan is available for public review and comment.  The Chapter discusses the current transit system in the region.

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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Project Kickoff: West End Fry Boulevard Corridor Study

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, green infrastructure improvements, and programmatic strategies to improve the corridor with a particular focus on how transportation and streetscape strategies impact place-making and economic development.

J2 Engineering and Environmental Design was selected as the lead consultant to develop the Study.  J2 has recent, successful large-scale urban design, planning, and streetscape implementation that has achieved the economic development and placemaking goals of their clients.

For updates, please see the project page HERE.

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MPO 101

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The intent of NEPA as applied to the process of transportation decision making is to balance engineering and transportation needs with social, economic, and environmental factors.  This process relies on input from the public, interest groups, and local governments.  The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration apply the NEPA process as an umbrella for compliance with environmental laws that address the impacts that transportation projects produce on the human and natural environment.  

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Sidewalk Inventory

The Sierra Vista MPO recently completed a sidewalk inventory of public roads in the SVMPO Planning Area.  The sidewalk inventory is necessary before the development of plans such as Safe Routes to Schools Plan, Safe Routes to Parks Plan, Sidewalk and ADA Transition Plan among others.  The inventory will also be used to develop a sidewalk implementation plan developing a criteria and identifying areas in the community where sidewalks are needed the most.    

Areas of our community are without adequate sidewalk where they are needed and wanted by local residents. In development of the Regional Transportation Plan, the public will be provided the opportunity to comment and make suggestions.  

A sidewalk inventory map can be found on the SVMPO web site HERE.  

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Project Update: Buffalo Soldier Trail Extension Study

The Buffalo Soldier Trail extension study is complete.  The process of developing the Study involved input from stakeholders that included the City and County elected officials and business and property owners in the study area.   

The SVMPO Board heard a presentation by the consultant outlining the method of developing the Study with recommendations for a preferred route.  At this time the SVMPO Board of Directors have decided not to formally accept the DCR and to revisit the extension of BST to Moson Road at a later date.  

Information about the project or to view the Pre-Final DCR (Design Concept Report) click HERE.

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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