DENHAM SPRINGS – The Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) has scheduled a public meeting in Denham Springs to get comments and suggestions for its long-range transportation plan for the Baton Rouge metro area.

The meeting is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the L.M. Lockhart Community Center, 290 MLK Drive, Denham Springs, according to Sarah Stafford, public outreach coordinator for the Capital Region Planning Commission.

The transportation plan, called MOVE2042, will be compiled from meetings held in five parishes and an online survey just launched three days ago.

The transportation plan for the next 25 years is important because regionally significant transportation projects must be included in the plan to be implemented, regardless of their funding sources, said Jamie Setze, executive director of the Planning Commission.

Traffic heading north on 4h Club Road backs up near a construction area before Highway 190 in Denham Springs on Monday morning. 

Setze said residents and business owners should attend the meeting and fill out the online survey so the public’s transportation priorities can be included in the plan.

“While traffic congestion affects everyone daily, there are certain times your input can have a major impact in solving this challenge. Now is one of those times,” Setze said.

“The community’s answers to these important questions will be the foundation for expanding our transportation network for the next 25 years.”

Those attending the meeting will be able to view maps and displays of future scenarios for transportation improvement, talk with Planning Commission team members and fill out online surveys.

For the first time, the Planning Commission will be using MetroQuest, a community engagement software that will allow the public to submit their priorities and recommendations through an online survey.

The online survey became active on Monday, March 6, at www.crpcla.org. 

Public meetings already have been held in West Baton Rouge Parish and Iberville Parish.

Hearings are scheduled for Thursday, March 9, in Ascension Parish at the Public Safety Center, 736 W. Orice Roth Road, Gonzales, and Tuesday, March 14, in East Baton Rouge Parish.

For more information on MOVE2042, visit www.crpcla.org.

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Kevin Fambrough is a reporter at the Livingston Parish News. He can be reached at kevinf@livingstonparishnews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @fambroughkevin.

 

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