One of the key functions of the SVMPO is to coordinate long-range regional transportation plans and, from those, develop short-range (five-year) prioritized project lists. Both of these efforts include data driven research that help member jurisdictions assess future transportation needs, identify potential costs, prioritize improvements and then work with each other to implement regional solutions. This webpage will link you to region-wide plans that guide annual program, plan and project development.
The first long-range transportation plan for the SVMPO region covered the timeframe from 2015 to 2040. These plans are required to cover a period of at least 20 years and are typically updated every five years. The planning process for the region’s long-range transportation plans can take several years and provide multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on what they believe are the critical concerns and possible solutions for the future.
The SVMPO will be beginning their first update to their long-range transportation plan in the summer of 2019. The timeframe for this update will be 2020 to 2050. Draft documents will be posted on this website for review – watch for opportunities to be involved in this planning process!
The TIP is completed annually and is presented to the Board for adoption in May or June. This document describes the five-year programming of projected funding for construction projects. Use of these funds is typically restricted to roadways in the federal functionally classified roadway system. The TIP must be approved by the SVMPO Executive Board and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The approved TIP is almost always amended several times a year to adjust funding, adjust project schedules, modify approved projects or add projects. TIP Amendments typically consists of just the TIP spreadsheets and, once approved, replace the spreadsheets in the adopted TIP. TIP Amendments must also be approved by the SVMPO Executive Board and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The SVMPO partnered with the Southeastern Council of Governments (SEAGO) and ADOT to complete a region-wide safety analysis. This plan identifies areas of concern for specific types of crashes and developed strategies for potentially mitigating fatal and serious injury crashes. Projects were prioritized in this plan and are eligible for Highway Safety Improvement Program grant funds. Unfortunately, many of the crashes in this region are the result of driver behavior: speeding, red-light running, impaired or distracted driving, or failure to yield. Stay Alive…Focus on the Drive.
Resources and plans related to our regional bicycling and walking modes of travel are available here on our website. Every vehicle trip made is bracketed by a pedestrian trip to and from your vehicle: this final link in getting to where you need to go is an important consideration in transportation project planning. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) guides SVMPO activities to support healthy alternatives to driving.