EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
THE EASTERN SHORE – October 23, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall in Daphne, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.
The Policy Board approved the Financially Constrained Project Timeline which represents a proposed schedule for the use MPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds for the next ten years. The timeline will be incorporated into the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan as projects are approved for funding.
At the September meeting, the Policy Board authorized MPO staff to request a fee and scope from Sain Associates to perform a fiber audit and systems engineering report for a possible adaptive traffic signal system along US 98 and SR 181. Adaptive signal systems connect traffic lights with communication technology that allows the lights to adjust their signal times in response to increased traffic. Sain Associates prepared a scope that includes examining existing corridors in the smoothed urban boundary for adaptive signal suitability, performing a fiber audit, preparing cost estimates for different systems, and recommending a system for installation. The Policy Board adopted Resolution 2014-21 authorizing MPO staff to hire Sain Associates to perform the adaptive signal study based on the scope and fee provided.
The term of the sitting MPO Citizens Advisory Committee will end in January 2015. Citizen Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Policy Board. MPO staff will be accepting applications for the Citizens Advisory Committee in November and December 2014. Interested citizens can apply by filling out an application on the MPO website at www.easternshorempo.org.
The Policy Board authorized MPO staff to move forward with an informational video kiosk pilot program that will feature transportation safety videos in public places. The Board also voted to reduce the frequency of Policy Board meetings to a quarterly basis with the Chairperson and MPO Coordinator able to call additional meetings as needed.
The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.