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UDOT wants to know how best to communicate statewide rural transportation planning

By Deborah Wilber - Special to the Daily Herald | Oct 14, 2021

BEN DORGER, Special to the Daily Herald

The Trappers Loop Highway in Huntsville is pictured Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public, local governments and other entities on its 2023 to 2050 Public Participation Plan.

A new PPP is developed every four years and serves as a communication guide as UDOT works to anticipate transportation system needs for the next 25-30 years.

According to UDOT, the PPP is the first step in the agency’s Long-Range Rural Transportation Plan process as it provides direction on how public outreach efforts will be accomplished. It is shared with members of the community before any potential transportation projects are discussed.

UDOT State Long-Range Planning Manager Jay Aguilar said the PPP sets up communication expectations for any projects in the rural transportation plan.

Involving communities in the transportation planning process is important to Aguilar, who said he wants all people, even those in less populated areas of the state, to feel connected to the planning process. He hopes that people, regardless of where they live in Utah, can have their voices heard. Public comment on the PPP is available now through Dec. 10.

According to a press release, additional periods for comment will become available as UDOT continues to develop its rural transportation plan. Information and updates will be posted on the project website at publicinput.com/udotplanning.

Feedback can be left on the project website by survey, comment box or comment map. The project team can be reached by email at planning@utah.gov or by phone at 385-360-1900.

“We want to make sure we are communicating with the public in the most meaningful ways possible,” Aguilar said.

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