INDOT planning regional open houses

The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a series of regional open houses to collect input on its draft four-year transportation plan.

The state is asking for the public’s help in identifying projects and improvements that will enhance safety, mobility and economic growth while protecting the environment.

The southeast Indiana open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 7 at INDOT’s Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane in Seymour.

State employees will be available to address questions and solicit input on a variety of programs including planning, project selection, multimodal, highway safety, economic opportunity, local projects, public involvement and district operations.

To use federal funds, a transportation project must be listed or amended into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

INDOT’s draft program lists all transportation projects considered regionally significant or planned for federal funds from July 2015 through June 2019. The document anticipates the funds available for various transportation modes, including highways, transit and trails.

The draft STIP is available for public review and comment during open houses and for download at in.gov/indot/3132.htm. Comments also may be submitted at in.gov/indot/3132.htm; by sending an email to draftstip@indot.in.gov; or sending comments by mail addressed to Michael McNeil, INDOT STIP director, 100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 955, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

The deadline for comment is April 30. INDOT will then collate and respond to comments and questions on the record as part of the final STIP.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.