Regional Transportation Plan Update Awaits Public Review

The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Regional Transportation Plan Update is now up for public review and input. Every five years, the plan is updated with both small- and large-scale regional projects for the near future. CAMPO includes the regions of Corvallis, Philomath, Adair Village, and bordering parts of Benton County.

This update includes city projects with deadlines of 2025 and 2040 with goals to improve transportation routes, safety, and align those with sustainable values. The 127-page document outlines regional population trends and predicts that the Corvallis population will be roughly 72,000 people in 2040, an increase of 21 percent from the 2010 U.S. census. The entire CAMPO region is predicted to increase by approximately 17,000 people by the same year.

Some projects CAMPO has planned are to conduct preliminary engineering by 2025 for the construction of a new eastbound bridge over the Willamette River to replace the current VanBuren Bridge. This is one of 20 projects to be completed by 2025, among others like path replacements, the introduction of bike lanes across town, and additional transit routes.

The CAMPO Regional Transportation Plan Update is open to public comment on their website. They will be hosting an open house on Thursday, March 16 at Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis.

For more information, visit http://www.corvallisareampo.org/Page.asp?NavID=66.

By Regina Pieracci

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