If you’ve come to our monthly meetings or been reading this site for long, you’ve probably noticed that we keep talking about the state’s 4-year transportation planning process which culminates in producing a planning document called the Transportation Improvement Plan(TIP). This document is a list of the projects that towns, state and other agencies (e.g.: RIPTA) have requested and that will be funded over the next four years after.
Through the work of the Transportation Advisory Committee, it’s subcommittees and the Technical Committee the TIP for the 2013 to 2016 funding years has reached the draft phase. At this point, Statewide Planning is holding two public hearings on April 26th and offering a comment period for submission of written comments. Comments deadline is 4:00PM, May 29, 2012. Hearings will be held at the 2:00PM and 6:30PM in the William E. Powers Building, Conference Room A, 2nd floor, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Address written comments to Kevin Flynn, Secretary, Rhode Island State Planning Council, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.
The full draft of the TIP is available from the Statewide Planning Website. The draft covers investment in bridge replacement, mutli-use path development, public transportation enhancements, highway infrastructure maintenance and pavement management among many others. Share your opinions regarding prioritization and investment in transportation, this is the opportunity to influence what projects are a priority for the next 4 years.
Projects not listed in the TIP will be at an extreme disadvantage for accessing funding all will most likely be postponed at least until the next TIP is developed, or beyond given fiscal constraints at both the state and federal levels.