Public Input Needed to Draft Long Range Transportation Plan

The plan looks at the needs of the community over a thirty year period.

By Gretta Patrick |

Published 12/01 2015 06:29PM

Updated 12/01 2015 06:34PM

Better ways to get around the Quad Cities took  center stage on Dec. 1 in Rock Island. The Bi-State Regional Commission is drafting its long-range transportation plan for 2045.
"This can include very big projects like I-74, or it can include the reconstruction of a roadway like locust street in iowa, or first street in Silvis," said Denise Bulat, the executive director of the Bi State Regional Commission 
The Bi-State Regional Commission updates their long range plan every five years. It's a prediction of what the transportation needs will be for the Quad City area within a 30-year period. 
"We have to look out 30 years, and estimate how many federal dollars, based on the past history, that we will receive over 30 years, and we have to put together a list of projects that comes within the number of dollars that we expect to receive, " Bulat said. 
The commission has some ideas for the Quad City area's next big project. One idea is a new way to get across the river between East Moline and Bettendorf. The plan could also include maintenance of existing roadways, but they can't complete their draft without input from the public.
"We do need to hear from the public, what they think priorities should be, and we do need to communicate those to our local governments that actually build and operate those projects," Bulat said.  
How can you get involved? The commission is holding  two informational meetings on December 10 and 12. 
They're asking for public input at both of those meetings, and there will be Spanish translators available to residents who don't speak English. 
But first, they're holding a transit summit on December 2. That's at the Bettendorf Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
For more information on the meetings, or how you can submit your input, click here.

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