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Thursday, January 19, 2017
In Case You Missed It!  

1.10.17 Talk at Bike Walk Wichita Meeting WAMPO Director, Phil Nelson, is pictured speaking to a group of citizens at Bike Walk Wichita about questions they had about the regional transportation system.   Some of the questions heard that night included:
  • How are Federal dollars allocated locally?
  • Why don't we have more sidewalks and bike paths in Wichita?
  • How best can advocate for the things that matter most to our community?
Check out the Bike Walk Wichita recording to hear what happened HERE
 
Want more information? 
Take a look at the newly approved WAMPO Unified Planning Work Program for details on the work WAMPO staff will be doing in 2017 by clicking HERE
 
Need some quick references?  Click on the below links for quick reference information about WAMPO and the regional transportation system below:

More Information maybe be found at www.wampo.org.


 

USDOT Transportation Toolkit
USDOT Leadership Academy
Check out these helpful resources from the US Department of Transportation.  These new tools are specifically designed to help emerging transportation leaders and other stakeholders who have limited experience with the transportation decision-making process:
  • Quick Guide: abbreviated version of the Transportation Toolkit
Want more?  Check out the USDOT Leadership Academy Website by clicking HERE.

WAMPO SPEAKER SERIES
 

Photo: CIP page 25

Topic:
 
Featuring: 
Dave Barber, AICP,    Advanced Plans Manager,

When:  
10:00 AM at the January 23rd Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting. At 271 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Wichita, KS 67202 
 
Background: 
Between late 2015 and early 2016, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County adopted a new joint Community Investments Plan (CIP)  for years 2015-2035 .  This plan contains a new Wichita Urban Infill Strategy designed to encourage population and employment growth, residential and commercial development and reinvestment in the older, mature neighborhoods of Wichita.
 
Since 1999, Mr. Barber has been the Advanced Plans Division Manager with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department. Prior to his current employment, Barber served for three years as the Planning Director for the Grand Island / Hall County Regional Planning Commission in Grand Island, Nebraska. He also has 20 years of municipal planning experience with various urban and rural municipalities in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
 
Count Result Report
September 2016 marks the 5th annual count of bicycle and pedestrian activity across 35 different locations within the WAMPO region.   Over 40 volunteers joined together this past Fall to make this annual event possible. 

Why is this Important? 
One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on usage and demand.

Without accurate and consistent demand and usage figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in these modes, especially when compared to the other transportation modes like the private automobile.  The answer to this challenge are point in time counts such as this one!

What's New?
WAMPO was recently notified that we have been awarded $2,000 from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation!  This money will be used to directly support the success of the annual WAMPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Count event. 
 
And the Results Are....
Check out the results report by clicking HERE!  Or for more information check out our Bicycle and Pedestrian page at http://www.wampo.org/Work/Pages/BikePed.aspx

Interested in helping us with the 2017 event?  Save the dates for the 2017 volunteer event now!
Thursday, September 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 23 from Noon to 2:00 pm
 
For questions or comments about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count please contact Tricia Thomas at tthomas@wichita.gov    

WAMPO REGIONAL HIGHLIGHT: CITY OF WICHITA

Recent Approvals & Amendments
 
Thanks to all who assisted us in reviewing our proposed documents and sharing your perspectives on the regional transportation system over these past few months. 
 
On January 10th the Transportation Policy Body (TPB) adopted the following document:
  • 2017 Public Participation Plan UpdateTo view copy of this document click HERE. Skip to page 4 to review an at a glance guide describing how our organization has committed to communicate opportunities for involvement in the transportation planning process.  

New Opportunities for Public Comment
  
A public review and comment period is now open for the 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment #1. 

To review the project changes check our new web-based Project Tracker!  Just click on the "Amendment" tab and then select "Draft Project List" on the tracker site.  Click HERE to view the Project Tracker.  Comments will be accepted until Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
 
Want to learn more about the TIP amendment #1? 
  • Join us at the WAMPO Transportation Advisory Committee at 10:00 AM on January 23, 2017. 
  • A public hearing on this amendment will also be held at 3:00 PM on February 14, 2017 during the regularly scheduled Transportation Policy Body meeting.  

Both meetings are open to the public and scheduled to be held in the second floor conference room at 271 W. Third Street, Suite 208, Wichita, KS 67202.  

 
Red Project Update:
Kansas Department of Transportation

 


The first phase of the Kellogg/I-235 Interchange rebuild (dubbed the Red Project) began on November 10, 2016.

Planned improvements include:
  • A one-lane flyover ramp for northbound I-235 to westbound US 54
  • A two lane flyover ramp for southbound I-235 to eastbound US 54
  • Removal of loop ramps in the SW & NE quadrants
  • The loop ramp for eastbound US 54 to northbound I-235 (SE quadrant) will be reconstructed
  • The US 54 bridge over West street will be widened to accommodate new auxiliary lanes from I-235.
  • Auxiliary lanes on I-235 constructed from US 54 to Central Avenue
  • A northbound I-235 ramp to eastbound US 54 will be braided with the new ramp lanes from southbound I-235 to eastbound US 54.
Estimated completion: Summer 2019
 
 Traffic Impacts:
  •  Southbound I-235 ramp to westbound US 54 will be CLOSED for up to one year. An official signed detour uses southbound I-235 to K-42, then northbound on I-235 to the westbound US 54 ramp.
  • The West Street entrance ramp to eastbound US 54 is closed.
  • West Street traffic from Irving to Taft is single lane in each direction.
  • Bridge widening on I-235 above Maple Street continues and traffic on Maple is reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • Elder Street at Maple is closed for reconstruction.  
  • Hoover is closed under US 54.
  • The new West Street ramp to westbound US 54 is now open.
For more information contact Tom Hein at hein@ksdot.org

Upcoming WAMPO Meetings
The general public, WAMPO partners, and stakeholders are welcome to join us at any of our upcoming regularly scheduled meetings.  Can't make it in person?  Check out the video section of our website by clicking HERE.

Transportation Policy Body (TPB)

Transportation Advisory

Committee (TAC) 

The TPB develops, implements and approves WAMPO's transportation plans. As the regional forum for transportation planning, the TPB helps to establish a vision for the future of our transportation system.  The following is a listing of upcoming TPB meetings:

271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

 

The TAC reviews technical information about transportation studies and issues as well as providing the TPB with their professional recommendations on documents, plans, and activities. The following is a listing of upcoming TAC meetings:
 
271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 10:00 am
  • Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  • Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Monday, April 24, 2017

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271 W. Third, Ste. 208 - Wichita, KS 67202-1212
316.268.4315 - wampo@wichita.gov  - www.wampo.org
  
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