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PUBLIC INPUT USED TO DEVELOP REGIONAL LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Ceschini   
Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:09

PUBLIC INPUT USED TO DEVELOP REGIONAL LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN


Issues related to regional transportation and development plans were on the minds of Armstrong County residents and stakeholders who attended the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commissions’ (SPC) public meeting on Monday, Oct. 29 in the Armstrong County Commissioners’ Conference Room at the Annex Building in Kittanning.

More than 25 people attended the event to weigh in on current and future projects. The purpose of the meeting was to gather information and data to help SPC develop its long-range transportation plan.

SPC asked attendees for input on prioritizing strategies that would best address five “forces of change” that will have an impact on Armstrong County and the other nine counties of southwestern Pennsylvania over the next 25 years.

Forces of Change with significant potential effects on transportation and development have been identified in five broad categories: Demographics, Technology, Economy, Environment, and Funding.

During the interactive meeting, each attendee had the opportunity to pinpoint what they thought were priorities and growing trends for the region. One map focused on recreational trails, highlighting the movement toward a connection of a regional trail network.

A number of residents expressed their desire for improvements on Route 28 North from Kittanning to I-80, in addition to the continued improvements on Route 422 to Indiana.

“The commissioners were very encouraged by the turnout for this meeting. We applaud and thank all those who attended,” said Commissioner Pat Fabian, who attended the meeting. “It is important that the needs and priorities of Armstrong county residents are being heard on a regional level.”

The SPC is developing a regional long-range plan and those strategies identified regionally as a priority will guide planning efforts now and into the future. SPC will be back out in the spring to present a draft of the Regional Long-Range Plan to county residents.

 
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