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Public invited to give feedback for 5-county Long-Range Transportation Plan

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is conducting an update to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the five-county region consisting of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation requires that our region’s LRTP be updated every five years. The current plan was adopted by the Upper Explorerland Transportation Policy Board in September of 2019.

The LRTP has a 20-year planning horizon and is intended to guide transportation investments in the five-county region in support of a transportation system that is safe for all transportation system users, and that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The plan includes a description of the region’s existing conditions; identifies current transportation challenges; anticipates potential future needs; and explores various strategies for addressing those challenges and needs.

To ensure that the LRTP reflects the priorities and goals of the people who live and travel in our region, the public is invited to participate and give feedback in various ways. Community workshops will be held next week in each of the five counties. Residents and visitors of the region may attend any of the workshops, regardless of where they live. Each workshop will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will include interactive feedback activities. Attendees are welcome to come and go at any time during the workshops. The full schedule of workshops is below.

  • Monday, October 23rd – Elkader: Elkader Public Library, 130 N Main Street, 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24th – Calmar: NICC Wilder Business Center, Room 106, 1625 Highway 15, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25th – Waukon: Waukon Wellness Center (Senior Center), 1220 3rd Avenue NW, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26th – Fayette: UIU Student Center, 2nd floor, Student Life Conference Room, 603 Washington Street, 4-6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27th – Cresco: NICC Cresco Center, 1020 2nd Avenue SE, 4-6 p.m.

Additionally, all residents and visitors of the five counties are invited and encouraged to complete an online survey about transportation in our region. Survey responses are anonymous and the more people that complete it, the stronger and more representative of the region the final plan will be.

The survey can be accessed HERE.

Anyone wishing to request a paper copy of the survey may contact Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126.