Welcome to the project website dedicated to the Great Falls Area Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Minor Update. The previous LRTP was completed in 2014, and although much of the information still holds true today, the transportation system is ever changing.
This 2018 Update will include a thorough review and analysis of the previous plan and will update information where needed. The Plan will be used to help guide development of, and investment in, the community’s transportation system.
GREAT FALLS AREA
Long Range Transportation Plan
2018 Minor Update
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The public commenting period for the draft Great Falls Long Range Transportation Plan closed on June 10, 2018.
We are in the process of reviewing comments and updating the Plan as appropriate. The final Plan will be available soon.
Click here to review the 2018 Plan.
This website has been created to facilitate public input and provide information about the Great Falls Area LRTP - 2018 Minor Update. We invite you to explore the website and provide your comments and ask any questions you may have regarding the plan.
DRAFT LRTP NOW AVAILABLE
The 2018 Long Range Transportation Plan Update is available. The public commenting period ended on June 10, 2018. Comments are being reviewed and the Plan is being updated. The final Plan will be available soon.
The second of two informational meetings was held on May 10, 2018 in Great Falls . The purpose of the meeting was to present the transportation system recommendations and to provide a general overview of the draft LRTP report.
The presentation can be viewed here.
The Great Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) initiated this community-wide transportation planning process. This process will assist the planning partners, as well as the community-at-large, in guiding transportation infrastructure and implementation over the planning horizon (the year 2038). This includes all travel modes and transportation system needs.
Transportation is a major concern to area residents today. The planning partners expect concern to remain high as growth continues and the challenges of accommodating travel needs become more difficult. A comprehensive LRTP will provide an opportunity for city, county, and state officials, staff and residents to work together to develop the innovative approaches necessary to plan and implement a transportation system that will serve the community's citizens well into the future.
The Transportation Plan Update began in January 2018. It is anticipated that the Plan will be finalized by April 23, 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of this Transportation Plan?
The purpose of this transportation planning effort is to evaluate the community's current transportation system, and ascertain what is needed to make the transportation system function adequately over the course of the planning horizon (year 2038). The overriding objective is to develop a Transportation Plan that coordinates with the desires and direction of the community as a whole, while still providing a safe, functioning, and multi-modal transportation system that can accommodate existing and future travel demands. The end product of this important planning effort will be a updated Transportation Plan that can be used to help guide infrastructure improvements in the community.
Who is developing the Transportation Plan?
The Great Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Montana Department of Transportation are the contracting authorities for this planning effort. The Helena office of Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA) is assisting the planning partners in completing the planning effort by April 23, 2018.
How will the Transportation Plan be used?
The results of the planning effort will be used to guide transportation infrastructure investments within the community of the planning horizon. The LRTP will also assist in setting the course for improvements related to multi-modal access and community desires for transportation facilities. LRTP recommendations may be integrated into MDT's and other local affected planning agencies' transportation plans and programs based on funding availability. The results of the LRTP will also provide information to support efforts to identify funding for future projects.
How can the public/community contribute to the planning effort?
The public is invited to participate in the process through public open house events and ongoing information review and input. This website has been developed to provide opportunities to comment on the needs of the region's transportation system and later, on the draft plan. Dates, times, and locations will be announced prior to the events through the local media, the plan's mailing list, and this website.
Those with a specific interest in the planning efforts are encouraged to join the plan's emailing list. They can do so by completing the email list signup form on the website or by completing and returning the comment sheets that will be distributed at all formal public outreach events. Additionally, an interactive public commenting platform is available on this website. RPA and the planning partners will collect and consider all public comments received to better understand the public view of potential issues and conclusions of the previous plan.
How will recommendations be evaluated?
Decision-makers will inherently be faced with tradeoffs during the transportation planning process. The planning effort is designed to determine impacts – potentially both adverse and beneficial – of various transportation issues in the study area and the adjacent unincorporated areas. Consideration of planned and on-going land development, the environment, and community values, as well as sound engineering standards, will shape many of the recommendations and study findings. The determination of the various plan recommendations will involve analysis of the previous plan’s recommendations, comparing the tradeoffs among the various ideas, as well as a review of the public comments pertaining to the draft plan recommendations. The City of Great Falls, Cascade County, and the Montana Department of Transportation will consider these comments and evaluate all relevant information as may be deemed appropriate. Final transportation plan recommendations will reflect the outcome of this process and the identification of appropriate courses of action for the community transportation system.
2018 LRTP UPDATE
2018 LRTP Appendices
The development of this LRTP includes an extensive public involvement process. This process has been designed to encourage public involvement and meaningful participation. Public outreach activities will be held to guide the planning effort and keep stakeholders informed and engaged over the course of the LRTP's development.
Check the Great Falls Tribune, and this website, periodically for information relating to the time and location of future public events.
Any questions, comments, or concerns can be made using the following form.
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Senior Transportation Planner
Planning & Community Development Department
City of Great Falls
P.O. Box 5021
Great Falls, MT 59403
MDT Project Manager
Montana Department of Transportation
2960 Prospect Avenue
P.O. Box 201001
Helena, MT 59620-1001
Consultant Project Manager
Robert Peccia & Associates
P.O. Box 5653
Helena, MT 59604