Review Mississippi’s Draft Long-Range Transportation Plans


Jackson, MS --- The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Jackson, Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar (HPFL), and Gulf Coast Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are holding joint, open-house public meetings to hear your thoughts about our state’s draft long-range transportation plans.

Meeting dates, times and locations are provided below and are available online at mississippitransportationplan.mindmixer.com. Individuals who would like to participate online may do so beginning Friday, Oct. 30. Copies of the draft statewide plan as well as the MPOs’ draft plans can be seen and comments made there. Questions? Call 601-359-7685 or email planning@mdot.ms.gov.

Date/Time Location Plan(s) Available for Review:

*Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m. at Jackson MPO CMPDD District Office

1170 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS

Plan available for review: Jackson MPO Plan

*Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. at Madison Co. Admin. Building, 1st Floor

125 W North Street in Canton, MS

Plan available for review: Jackson MPO Plan

*Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m. at Rankin Co. Courthouse Annex Board Room

211 East Government Street, Brandon, MS

Plan available for review: Jackson MPO Plan

*Nov. 4, 4-6 p.m. at Jackson MPO CMPDD District Office

1170 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS

Plan available for review: Statewide Plan

*Nov. 5, 4-6 p.m. at Hattiesburg Historic Train Depot

308 Newman Street, Hattiesburg, MS

Plans available for review: Statewide Plan and HPFL MPO Plan

*Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. at Breland Community Center

79 Jackson Road, Hattiesburg, MS

Plans available for review: Statewide Plan and HPFL MPO Plan

*Nov. 11, 4-6 p.m. at Historic Train Depot

326 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, MS

Plan available for review: Statewide Plan

*Nov. 12, 11 a.m. - noon at Jackson MPO CMPDD District Office

1170 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS

Plan available for review: Jackson MPO Plan

*Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m. at MDOT District Office

1909 Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS

Plan available for review: Statewide Plan

*Nov. 17, 4-6 p.m. at Pascagoula Senior Center

1912 Live Oak Avenue, Pascagoula, MS

Plans available for review: Statewide Plan and Gulf Coast MPO Plan

*Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m. Edgewater Mall (near Dillards)

2600 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS

Plans available for review: Statewide Plan and Gulf Coast MPO Plan

*Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m. at Bay St. Louis Community Hall

301 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS

Plans available for review: Statewide Plan and Gulf Coast MPO Plan

Mississippi’s Unified Long-Range Transportation Infrastructure Plan or MULTIPLAN 2040 is the strategy for meeting mobility needs over the next 25 years. By reviewing and commenting on the draft plans, input will be considered before the drafts are finalized.

MULTIPLAN’s goal is to look at the big picture and answer questions such as “How can we make the best use of limited funding to provide a transportation system that meets current and expected needs?” It provides a framework for developing and putting into place our strategic and financial plans.

MDOT and the MPOs are teaming up to make better use of limited funds and to ensure that all transportation planning is well coordinated. While MDOT is responsible for the statewide transportation system, the MPOs have planning responsibilities for each of their respective urbanized areas.

Earlier this year, MDOT and the MPOs asked “What do you think our transportation system should look like in the year 2040?” and “How would you spend limited transportation dollars?”

Comments were received from individuals, agencies, corporations and groups from all across the state. Planners considered this input, along with technical data, to develop the draft transportation plans being offered for review today.

Technical data reviewed included information such as the following:

  • The current population and its projected growth

  • Where people are traveling to work and school

  • Where future development is likely to occur that could increase traffic demands

  • The existing conditions and capacity of our transportation system and how it would be impacted by growth

  • Information determined from previous studies

Together, we are planning for the best possible transportation system to safely meet your needs, strengthen our economy, and provide the mobility you deserve. Individuals who require auxiliary aids or require alternative languages and want to participate in the meeting should call 601-359-7685 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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