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Public Comment Report

Amendment #18 to the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

January 17, 2018

Amendment #18 of the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program was released for a 30-day public comment period which began on December 7, 2018 and ended January 6, 2018. The amendments were made available at www.nirpc.org . One public comment was received during the comment period on the proposed amendment. It is:


Comment Received

Manner Considered by Staff

Significant?

Need to Modify?

Any and all ways to increase the ease and safety of bicycle commuting around the area would be greatly appreciated-- even all winter long!

A reply email was sent out. NIRPC's response:

"We hope you are well! Happy New Year to you! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a comment. At NIRPC, we have staff members who are avid cyclists and occasional bicycle commuters, who happen to understand your request. In regard to your inquiry, there happens to be at least one project in this amendment that will add a multi-use trail from Westville to Purdue Northwest, which will extend to the North of that town. Currently, NIRPC has a call-out for projects, known as the NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability). The NOFA allows local communities to submit their projects to be added to a list of federally funded projects in Northwest Indiana. This year the NOFA leans heavily towards improving the quality of living in our three counties (Lake, Porter, LaPorte), which includes making Complete Streets a priority.

Complete Streets strive to make our streets more inviting for all modes of transportation, not just automobiles and trucks. This makes sure that our streets are safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, and in turn makes our communities more inviting places to live, work and play. Many communities in Northwest Indiana are working toward getting a Complete Streets policy in place and implementing it.

After all submissions are in and projects are chosen, you should see more projects that increase the ease and safety for everyone, no matter what season it is. Kudos to you for getting out and riding your bike this winter!

We hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time."

No

No

NIRPC also received one technical comment from the Interagency Consultation Group. It is:


Comment Received

From

Manner Considered by Staff

Significant?

Need to Modify?

Des # 1173780 (Crown Point): This is an

INDOT

Agreed. The amendment was amended

No

Yes

Admin Mod, just moving years FY 15-19,

and des # 1173780 (Crown Point) was

adding less than 50% funds

removed from amendment and treated as

an Administrative Modification.