PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR REVIEW OF THE DRAFT TIP

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PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE LEE COUNTY MPO FY 2022 THROUGH FY 2026 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) AND AMENDMENTS TO THE 2045 LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN 

 Every year at this time, the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization develops a Transportation Improvement Program that includes the transportation improvements that are planned to be undertaken over the next five years. The draft FY 2022 through FY 2026 is now available for review and comment online at: https://leempo.com/wp-content/uploads/Lee-MPO-Draft-TIP-for-FY-21-22-through-FY-25-26.pdf

Hard copies of the document are available by contacting the MPO offices at 239-244-2220. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to dscott@leempo.com, faxed to (239)-790-2695 or mailed to P.O. Box 150045 Cape Coral, FL 33915-0045. Written comments received by the end of the business day on Thursday, June 17, 2021 will be presented to the MPO Board members on June 18, 2021, where formal adoption will be decided. Public comments may also be made at the meeting on June 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Lee County Administration East Building, 2201 Second Street, Room 118, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

The Transportation Improvement Program is updated annually and is approved by the MPO Board in June of each year. The update of the TIP started with the development of transportation priorities in June of 2020, the development and presentation of the tentative work program by FDOT in January of 2021 and with the final adoption at the June 18, 2021 MPO Board meeting. To be eligible for federal funds, a project must be included in the TIP. This public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comment on the TIP will satisfy the program of projects requirements for LeeTran .

At the same June 18th MPO Board meeting, a public hearing will also be held to amend the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan to add a project for the construction of a sidewalk to the US 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge and to add the capital purchase of technology equipment for LeeTran. This equipment is to be used for bus communications in conjunction with the current US 41 Florida Regional Advanced Mobility Elements (FRAME) project. The MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan identifies the cost feasible projects for multi-modal transportation improvements through the year 2045. The proposed changes to the 2045 Cost Feasible Plan pages can be reviewed here: https://leempo.com/wp-content/uploads/LRTP-Amendment-for-Posting-on-website.pdf. In addition, the MPO will conduct a public hearing to consider the multi-modal priorities and these can be reviewed online at: https://leempo.com/wp-content/uploads/T06a.Recommended-Multimodal-Priorities.pdf

Following the public hearing items, the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Board will also consider safety funded projects.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Calandra Barraco with the Lee County MPO at 239-330-2243 or by email at cbarraco@leempo.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired call (800) 955-8770 Voice / (800) 955-8771 TDD.  The MPO’s planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes.  Any person or beneficiary who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or familial status may file a complaint with the Lee County MPO Title VI Coordinator, Calandra Barraco, at 239-330-2243, or in writing at P.O. Box 150045, Cape Coral, Florida 33915-0045.        

The draft TIP for FY 2021/2022 through FY 2025/2026 is now available for public review and comment.  The draft TIP can be viewed here:  DRAFT TIP

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