Purpose of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is responsible for conducting continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive transportation planning in Kootenai County that is consistent with both federal and state laws. Our work involves regional transportation policy development, public involvement, technical studies, and project planning, programming and development. The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) outlines KMPO’s intended work for the fiscal year which begins October 1st and ends September 30th of the following year.
Kootenai County continues to face many significant transportation issues. Each UPWP outlines the most pressing issues that need to be addressed during the given fiscal year. These are major, long-term issues. KMPO endeavors to continue a work program that best positions the MPO to build upon work conducted in the previous year(s) and to lay the groundwork for advancing these initiatives in future years.
The UPWP documents can be viewed as single page pdfs using the “[read more]” link found at the bottom of each tab or as interactive booklets using the links below the tabbed section.
Significant Issues Facing the Region in FY 2023
In the period covered by this UPWP, Kootenai County will continue to face many significant transportation issues. Examples of our most pressing issues are described below:
- The highest priority task for FY 2023 is to continue incorporating the delayed Census 2020 data into our regional transportation planning program and plans. The significant growth and development being experienced requires timely incorporation of demographic data associated with that growth. Growth that occurred in 2021 alone accounted for an increase in approximately 8,000 people within Kootenai County.
- There is also an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects such as: Pleasant View Grade Separation, S. 95, completion of Prairie Avenue west to SH-41, the Alternate U.S. 95 Huetter Corridor; and widening I-90, which is currently in engineering and design.
- Funding for transportation to support local arterial improvements continues to fall behind in its ability to address capacity and rehabilitation needs.
- Protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation activities is necessary to mitigate the future public cost of infrastructure improvements and the unnecessary displacement of homes and These strategies become increasingly important, as growth and development in the county consumes open space and escalates the price of property, which will be needed for system expansion in the future. ITD District 1 and KMPO will be initiating a Strategic Transportation Plan for the Rathdrum Prairie to address east-west to north-south connectivity issues, especially in the vicinity of Rathdrum.
- Continued development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments that crosses all modes of transportation, along with funding strategies to address rising costs, rapid growth, and system capacity
- With the recent transportation reauthorization bill, coordination and engagement with ITD and local stakeholders on several performance measures, related to planning, public transportation, and street/roadway maintenance and preservation, will need to be KMPO anticipates ITD will continue to engage with MPO’s during FY 2023 through the collaborative process and data collection to support the performance measures as they become more important.
These are both short and long-term major issues. Therefore, we endeavor each year to continue a work program that best positions the MPO to build upon work conducted in previous year(s) and to lay the groundwork for advancing these initiatives and furthering development of the Regional Traffic Management Center….[read more].