Michigan DOT seeks public comment on long-range transportation plan

Updated May 10, 2016

Michigan welcome sign no constructionThe Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has made its state long-range transportation plan (SLRP)—also know as MI Transportation Plan: Moving Michigan Forward—available for public comment.

The plan covers project plans through the next 24 years.

“The 2040 MI Transportation Plan (2040 MITP) is an extension of previous long-range plans, and serves as the strategic vision for the future of an integrated, multimodal transportation system,” the agency says. “The plan offers an update on issues and data that are critical to transportation, and describes new actions taken to further Michigan’s transportation goals.”

The top features of the plan, according to MDOT, include:

  • A clear, supported vision for Michigan’s transportation future
  • The transportation system is the backbone of Michigan’s economy.
  • Michigan’s economy is improving and is resulting in a greater use of the system.
  • New state and federal legislation will provide five years of predictable and stable transportation investment.
  • The transportation system will continue to evolve and modernize with changing demographics, new technologies, and the use of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Michigan SLRP is available at www.michigan.gov/slrp, and public comment will be taken through June 10. Public meetings are being held across the state, beginning May 9 in Houghton. The full list of the 21 public meetings is available here.