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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Douglas County to Update Transportation System Plan - Virtual Open House Extended

Douglas County Planning Department

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Douglas County to Update Transportation System Plan

The Douglas County Planning Department announced today, that they are extending the TSP Virtual Open House to March 15, 2021, in order for more residents to be able to provide feedback.

Douglas County's Transportation System Plan will updated in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

In the Fall of 2020, Douglas County began a process to update the County’s Transportation System Plan (“TSP”). Oregon State law requires local jurisdictions to develop and periodically update TSPs, and much has changed since the current TSP was created in 1998. The TSP provides the policy framework, planning direction, and projects and programs to meet the transportation needs of all people in Douglas County. The plan will cover all areas outside incorporated city limits, and a focus on the County’s many unincorporated communities.

What Will the TSP Do?
The TSP is a County-wide plan and policy document that will recommend policies, programs, and physical improvements to streets and sidewalks to address current and future transportation needs in Douglas County. In close coordination with ODOT, the plan will also consider state-owned transportation facilities in the County. The TSP is focused on improving connections and safety conditions for all travelers including those who drive, walk, take transit, bicycle, use a wheelchair or cane, or deliver freight. The TSP will also address ports, rail, freight, and bridges.

The TSP will help achieve multiple goals. One goal is to help Douglas County become a safer and more comfortable place to walk and bike for people on their way to school, jobs, parks, and other destinations in the community. The TSP will also focus on addressing safety and traffic needs, emergency lifeline routes, intersection and crossing improvements, access to transit, as well as new connections for all means of travel.

Opportunity to Provide your Feedback!
Douglas County is seeking public input on the existing transportation system to better understand transportation needs and priorities in our communities. Starting on January 14, 2021, Douglas County will host a virtual TSP Open House to discuss the key transportation issues in our county today. The virtual TSP Open House will also allow for public comment and feedback via a short survey and an interactive comment map.

Douglas County Residents can visit the TSP project website to learn more the program and to participate in the virtual Open House from Thursday, January 14, 2021 to Monday, March 15 19, 2021 at http://douglascountytsp.org/

For additional information, contact Katharine Jackson, Douglas County Senior Planner and lead for the TSP project at TSP@co.douglas.or.us.    

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