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TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

The WMRPC is involved in many transportation related programs and projects.  We work with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide administration and technical assistance; activities include HPMS update, public involvement, corridor studies, and others.
 

MDOT Transportation Work Program

  

Each year, the WMRPC receives state funds under the statewide “Regional Transportation Planning” program as legislated by Act 51’s Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF).  The WMRPC’s work program includes the following activities: 

  

Program Management – Provide program and financial status accounts, which satisfy requirements of the Regional Agency and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and to provide program administration and management support.

 

Technical Assistance to MDOT – Assist in various tasks to update the Statewide Long-Range Plan (SLRP), and a State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  Included are potential coordination and hosting of public involvement meetings as required.

 

Also, assistance in various tasks in addressing specific Department issues, projects and programs, such as road, transit, non-motorized, rail, marine, airport, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program, Enhancement (ENH) Program, Heritage Route (Scenic By-Ways) Program and other Department projects, programs, and issues. Work with MDOT as appropriate through the Program Coordinator and Manager, MDOT Regions and Transportation Service Center (TSC)’s, to reach mutual agreement of processes and resources in conducting such work.

 

Technical Assistance to Member Agencies – Provide services to local transportation oriented entities with activities to improve existing transportation systems, add new transportation systems, and address local transportation issues directly relating to future actions to improve the area's transportation system.

 

Management of the Rural Task Force Process – Assist MDOT in the management of the Rural Task Force (RTF) meetings.

 

Public Involvement and Consultation Process for Non-Metropolitan Areas – Provide for non-metropolitan local official participation in the development of the State Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the STIP.

  

Public Involvement for Air Quality Conformity – Activities promote compliance with the provision of SAFETEA-LU and the transportation conformity provisions of the Clean Air Act for non-attainment areas for ozone and particular matter.

Corridor Studies

 

The WMRPC has assisted in the development of three corridor studies in Region 8.  These studies emphasize communities working together to enhance the capacity and safety of existing corridors through access management.  Access management relates to the rational placement of entrances to corridors to reduce conflict between through traffic and traffic exiting or entering the corridor.  Examples of access management include consolidation of driveways, aligning intersections, and service drives for connected businesses.  MDOT has funded three studies in Region 8.

 

M-40/M-89 CorridorThis corridor study began in 1998 and continues today with quarterly meetings of the M-40/M-89 Corridor Committee.  The study area stretches from the northwest corner of Allegan County to the southeast corner and passes through numerous townships and cities.

 

M-66 CorridorThis corridor study began in 2000 and continues today with quarterly meetings of the M-66 Corridor Committee.  The original study area was between I-96 and the City of Ionia, but now includes the entire section of M-66 in Ionia County.

 

M-104 CorridorThis corridor study occurred in 2004 and involved two townships, one city, one village, Ottawa County Planning and Grants, the Ottawa County Road Commission, MDOT, and the WMRPC.  The study area included M-104 from I-96 through the Village of Spring Lake. 

  

 

Grand Region Road and Trail Bicycling Guide

 

Click the above link to access a PDF version of the non-motorized transportation map.  Printed copies are also available at our offices.

  

  

Transportation Agencies

Click the above link to see a list of transportation agencies.

 

MDOT Asset Management Program

Applying the Right Fix…At the Right Time…In the Right Place

   

Since 2003, the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC) staff, in association with representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC), the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC), the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), and each of the seven County Road Commissions conducted PASER road ratings of all Act 51 roadways within the Region.  These ratings have been completed at the request of the State of Michigan's Transportation Asset Management Council. 

   

Asset Management as defined in Michigan is “an ongoing process of maintaining, upgrading and operating physical assets cost-effectively, based on a continuous physical inventory and condition assessment.” {MCL 247.659a(1)(a)}.  It consists of five major elements:

 Developing policy goals and objectives

 Data collection

 Planning and programming

 Program delivery

 Monitoring and reporting results

  

Asset Management involves a shift in thinking away from fixing the immediate and most severe problems in our roadways, to a more strategic assessment that facilitates decisions based on the long range condition of the entire system. 

 

More information about the Michigan Department of Transportation Asset Management Program and the Transportation Asset Management Council can be found here

 

Data collection and processing for 2016 is in progress.  The summary report for 2014 is available here, and the report for 2015 is here.  Please feel free to contact Dave Bee if either you or your community has questions regarding the program.