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Highlands County: New Public Transportation Service Options Survey Now Available!

May 4, 2017
Highlands County: New Public Transportation Service Options Survey Now Available!

The over 750 responses from the survey on public transportation needs in Highlands County shaped the possible routes option that the Plan will recommend.

 

Based on the stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and over 750 responses from the needs survey, a new survey has been developed that identifies public transportation types, routes, and funding for consideration.

Take the Survey Now:

This survey will be collected through May 22, 2017, as part of the Highlands Transit Plan.  To request printed paper copies of the survey for distribution by your organization, please contact Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom.

Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

April 11, 2017
Proposed Amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for a proposed amendment to the FY 2016/17 through FY 2020/21 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The amendment includes the construction phase for a safety project for Intersection Lighting Retrofit at S. Ridgewood Drive (SR 17) in Avon Park and Sebring, FL. This project was recently added to the FDOT 5 Year Work Program and this amendment to include the project in the TIP is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current fiscal year.

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on April 12, 2017, and comments will be accepted through April 18, 2017. The proposed TIP amendment will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on April 19, 2017, with at least seven (7) days public notice. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

View the proposed amendment package.

Hard copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom, by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/17 and 2017/18 Public Comment Period Open: March 31 – April 7

March 31, 2017
Amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/17 and 2017/18 Public Comment Period Open: March 31 – April 7

View the Amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/17 and 2017/18

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) will consider the proposed amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) on April 19, 2017. The UPWP describes the transportation planning projects to be performed in Fiscal Years 2016/17 and 2017/18 and outlines planning tasks, timelines, and budgets.

The amendment adds to and modifies the segments listed below:

  • Task 2: Data Collection
  • Task 4: Transportation Disadvantaged Program
  • Task 5: Systems Planning

All additions to the text are underlined and any deleted text from the adopted plan is shown with a strike through. This is the first amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016/17-2017/18 that was adopted on May 25, 2016, by the HRTPO Board. The plan can be found in its entirety in the Plans section of www.heartlandregionaltpo.org.

Parties may submit written comments to the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or by emailing msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, or may call (863) 534-7130 x 134. The deadline to submit comments is April 7, 2017.

Amendment Scheduled for Adoption at HRTPO Meeting on April 19 in Sebring

Where: Highlands County Board of County Commissioner Chambers
600 South Commerce Ave | Sebring, FL 33870
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 10 AM

The final draft to be considered for adoption will be distributed to HRTPO Board members on April 12, 2017, and available at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or by contacting the HRTPO at 863-534-7130 or info@heartlandregionaltpo.org.

Contact us at 863-534-7130 or heartlandregionaltpo.org for more information.

 

 

Economic Development and Freight Transportation Training

March 28, 2017
Economic Development and Freight Transportation Training

Please join the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Polk Transportation Planning Organization for a training session with FDOT District 1 Freight Coordinator Keith Robbins to learn more about distribution and freight as it relates to the economic development of our communities in inland Florida. 3 AICP CM Credits Pending.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 9 am – Noon
South Florida State College
Building G, Room 101 | 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825

This Training Includes:
• Distribution and Transportation Overview
• Challenges in International Transportation
• Integrating Freight into Transportation Planning
• I-4 Corridor, A Freight Perspective
• US 27 Corridor

Attendees will hear practical illustrations and examples of addressing some of the challenges to freight transportation in today’s world and gain a broad understanding of the:

• Role of transportation and distribution in the logistics arena
• Importance of this industry and the impact of freight in our daily lives
• Broad trends affecting freight transportation along with the challenges and success factors for integrating freight into traditional transportation planning

FDOT Public Meeting: US 17 in Hardee

March 17, 2017
FDOT Public Meeting: US 17 in Hardee

US 17 (SR 35) from south of West 9th Street to north of West 3rd Street  Construction Public Meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding improvements to US 17 from south of West 9th Street to north of West 3rd Street in Hardee County, Florida. The public meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Zolfo Springs Civic Center, 3210 US Highway 17 South in Zolfo Springs.

The public meeting will give interested parties the opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and ask questions about the project in an open-house format. Improvements include constructing a new four-lane concrete roadway using the old railroad corridor along Oak Street to realign this 1-mile segment. The existing section of US 17 will be turned over to the Town of Zolfo Springs at the conclusion of the project and renamed Main Street. The contractor, AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, is also installing curb and gutter, 7-footbike lanes, sidewalks, and a 52-foot raised median to separate the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic. The project also includes installing a new underground drainage system and two storm water ponds to manage water running off of the roadway. The $16.7 million project begins in spring 2017 and should be complete in fall 2018.

FDOT developed this meeting in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. People requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 or people that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Kristie Vazquez at (863) 225-0422 or by e-mail to Kristie.Vazquez@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

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