Citizen input needed on transportation plans
The Pokagon Band Community Development team is currently updating the Band’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to identify long term improvements to the road network that serves the Pokagon Band, including proposed roads. The proposed roads are located in the vicinities of Dowagiac and Hartford, Michigan and South Bend and North Liberty, Indiana. The LRTP is a 20-year planning document that does not commit the Band to specific improvements, but identifies a fiscally-constrained listing of potential projects that may be added to the Tribal Transportation Improvement Program (TTIP) at a later time. The TTIP serves as the capital budget for federally-funded transportation projects for the Pokagon Band.
Citizens are encouraged to review the Pokagon Band Draft Long Range Transportation Plan 2045 (LRTP 2045). Comments and questions may be submitted until November 15, 2019 to Robert Torzynski, AICP, tribal planner at Robert.Torzynski@PokagonBand-nsn.gov or (269) 462-0688.
The Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) Program addresses transportation needs of tribes by providing funds for planning, designing, construction, and maintenance activities for all public roads. The program is jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration’s Federals Lands Highway Office and the BIA, Division of Transportation, in accordance with an interagency agreement.
The Indian Reservation Roads are public roads which provide access to and within Indian reservations, Indian trust land, restricted Indian land, and Alaska native villages. Approximately 29,000 miles are under the jurisdiction of BIA and tribes and another 73,000 miles are under State and local ownership. The IRR program funds can be used for any type Title 23 transportation project providing access to or within Federal or Indian lands and may be used for the State/local matching share for apportioned Federal-aid Highway Funds.
The IRR Inventory is a comprehensive database of all transportation facilities eligible for IRR Program funding by tribe, reservation, BIA agency and region, Congressional district, State, and county. Other specific information collected and maintained under the IRR Program includes classification, route number, bridge number, current and future traffic volumes, maintenance responsibility, and ownership.
For more information on the IRR program, please visit the BIA website at: www.bia.gov
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