County Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­porta­tion Plan meet­ing sched­uled

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS -

A pub­lic meet­ing for the New­ton County Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­porta­tion Plan is be­ing held at The Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning, 2104 Wash­ing­ton Street, at 7 p.m. Thurs­day.

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers seeks to eval­u­ate the per­for­mance of the var­i­ous trans­porta­tion modes in New­ton County and make rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prove­ments in safety, con­ges­tion mit­i­ga­tion, traf­fic flow and im­proved land use to sus­tain eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and qual­ity of life.

The At­lanta Re­gional Com­mis­sion main­tains a Com­pre­hen­sive Trans­porta­tion Plan Fund­ing As­sis­tance Pro­gram to en­cour­age coun­ties and their mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the 18-county At­lanta metropoli­tan area to de­velop long-range trans­porta­tion plans. Due to growth trends and travel pat­terns in the east­ern part of the area, ARC rec­og­nizes sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit in New­ton County re­ceiv­ing fund­ing as­sis­tance to cre­ate its own CTP.

It is a crit­i­cal time to com­plete a CTP in light of other on­go­ing plan­ning stud­ies, di­min­ish­ing trans­porta­tion funds and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion for funds across the re­gion. The CTP will help to po­si­tion New­ton County for re­gional and lo­cal fund­ing sources to meet the trans­porta­tion needs of our fast-grow­ing county.

The pur­poses of a CTP are to un­der­stand ex­ist­ing and fu­ture mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion needs; to es­tab­lish com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties for mo­bil­ity, safety, con­nec­tiv­ity, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity; to pro­vide a long-range guide for ef­fi­cient trans­porta­tion sys­tem in­vest­ments; and to de­velop trans­porta­tion poli­cies and a pro­gram of re­lated and sup­port projects.

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers has con­tracted with the URS Cor­po­ra­tion to cre­ate the CTP for New­ton County. The County has also en­gaged The Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Preser­va­tion and Plan­ning to co­or­di­nate the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment por­tion of this project. If you have ques­tions about this project, please call The Cen­ter at (770) 788-0484.

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News


Run­ners pack Cony­ers Street dur­ing the an­nual Fuzz Run hosted by The City of Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

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