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Public Open Houses Scheduled for Long Range Transportation Plan 

Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

BgImage.jpgCLARION CO., Pa. – The Northwest Commission is updating its 20-year regional long-range transportation plan.

The plan will serve as a blueprint for the region’s decision-making on transportation projects and will serve as a spending plan through the year 2045. As part of the update process, the Commission is inviting residents of Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango, and Warren counties to participate at open houses scheduled throughout the region on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their opinions, interests, and concerns about Northwest Pennsylvania’s regional transportation system with Commission staff members. Public input received at the open houses will help drive the final plan recommendations and advance future transportation projects aimed at improving safety, mobility, and economic development.

The Northwest Commission has also made available an online survey to gauge public input and opinion for those who are not able to attend an in-person meeting. The online survey can be completed at https://NW-LRTP.metroquest.com.

The Northwest Commission is leading the update of the transportation plan, in cooperation with PennDOT and technical consulting assistance from Michael Baker International, Inc. It is being guided by a project advisory committee consisting of representatives from the region’s five counties, the Oil Region Alliance, and the Crawford Area Transit Authority (CATA).

“This process is a regional conversation and an important opportunity for those who live and work within the region to discuss how we want to address transportation and traffic issues over the long-term,” said Travis Siegel, Regional Planning Manager at the Northwest Commission. “We all have a stake in those decisions, for our own future and economic competitiveness.”

Open house events are scheduled as follows:

Clarion County: Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Clarion County Park (Community Building), 41 Clarion County Park, Shippenville, PA 16254.

Forest County: Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m., Forest County Association of Township Officers Spring Convention, Harmony Township Community Center, 95 Center Street, West Hickory, PA.

Crawford County: Thursday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Crawford County Courthouse (Assembly Room), 903 Diamond Park, Meadville, PA.

Venango County: Thursday, May 16, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Venango County Courthouse Annex (Room 103), 1174 Elk Street, Franklin, PA.

Warren County: Thursday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Warren Public Library (Slater Room), 205 Market Street, Warren, PA.

 About The Northwest Commission:

The Northwest Commission is a Local Development District charged with administering services and programs to drive growth, create jobs and improve the region’s quality of life. It is also a formal partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and provides staff administration for the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), which controls how state and federal dollars are spent on transportation projects throughout the region. Offices are located at 395 Seneca Street, Oil City, PA. For more information, visit www.northwestpa.org.


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