Lochgroup provided a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the multimodal transportation system within the Jackson-Williamson County metropolitan area. This study aided the newly formed Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization (SIMPO) in prioritizing future planning and construction projects while also serving as a foundation for the long-range transportation plan due in 2016.
This study included the following:
- An assessment of the current multimodal transportation system within the entire SIMPO planning area
- Identification of traffic bottlenecks, incomplete connections, infrastructure conditions, and safety concerns
- Identification of critical transit, bicycle, and pedestrian facility needs
- Recommendation of high-priority, multimodal projects and identification of funding sources
This study also engaged the communities and stakeholders served by SIMPO to ensure their diverse needs are represented in the regional planning process. The study also provided the member agencies a chance to learn the process required to prioritize projects as part of a Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Lochgroup worked closely with the Study Oversight Team, which is made up of SIMPO staff and members of the Technical Advisory Committee, to produce a comprehensive assessment that serves as a valuable tool for future transportation planning. As a result, Lochgroup’s contract was amended to include the preparation of a Long-Range Traffic Forecast for the SIMPO Planning Area and a GIS-referenced inventory of the MPO’s existing sidewalk and bicycle facilities.