Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
|The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 created the requirement for urban transportation planning, largely in response to the construction of the Interstate Highway System and the planning of routes through and around urban areas. This was the first legislative mandate requiring planning as a condition to receiving federal transportation funds. The Act required that transportation projects in urbanized areas of 50,000 or more in population be based on a continuing, comprehensive transportation planning process undertaken cooperatively by the states and local governments – also known as the “3C” (continuing, comprehensive and cooperative) planning process.|
At the time, qualified planning agencies were lacking in many urban areas. Therefore, the Bureau of Public Roads (predecessor to the Federal Highway Administration) required the creation of entities that would be capable of carrying out the required transportation planning process. Hence, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) quickly came into being due to the rapid growth of the highway system and the federal financing of the planning process.
Later transportation legislation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), its 1998 successor, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and most recently in 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), strengthened the role of MPOs, required stakeholder involvement, encouraged a multi-modal approach to transportation planning and identified specific “planning factors” which are the foundation for the goals and objectives of this plan.
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|Update: Bong Bridge Roundabout (2015)
A new roundabout will be constructed as part of the 2014-2015 rehabilitation of the US2/Bong Bridge between Superior and Duluth:
Handout: How to Navigate the US2/Bong Bridge Roundabout
Video: "Take it Slow"
WisDOT website: Fast Facts about the 2014-2015 Bong Bridge Rehabilitation Project
|Current Planning Initiatives
|Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study|
Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update
Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study
4th Street Construction Project
Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study
|Recent Plans and Studies