An open house is underway to help local residents learn more about the areas longrange transportation plan.
The year 2045 may seem pretty far off into the future, but for the North Mankato and Mankato Planning Organization, thats only the beginning of hundreds of improvements they plan to make in the area.
On October 2, The Metropolitan Planning Organization released its first draft of its $200 million plan for future improvements to the Greater Mankato area.
Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization Executive Director Paul Vogel said, Working with our partners in Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, Blue Earth County, Nicollet County and the surrounding townships started in June of 2014. We started working on this plan which includes financial forecast, a list of projects.
280 projects make up the plan, a majority of which are federally funded. Major projects include over 60 on and off street bike paths and the expansion of Highway 14 to six lanes from Highway 22 to Highway 169.
Vogel said, Everybody uses transportation in one form or the other and I think its important for people to have that basic understanding of what the transportation plans are, but also to learn about some of the issues of fiscal constraints.
And members of the planning organization say there will always be room for change within the plan.
Transportation Planner JakeHuebsch said, This is our first longrange transportation plan, so in five years, well be coming back and looking at the list of projects and crossing ones that have been accomplished and identifying new projects.
And local residents can still come out here to the Mankato Room of the Intergovernmental Center until 7 this evening to learn more about whats in store for the future of Greater Mankato.
Those who cant attend the meeting can still offer input to the planning organization through November 3.
Public comments can be emailed to Paul Vogel at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Paul Vogelwith the Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization at the Intergovernmental Center on 10 Civic Center Plaza in Mankato.