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
Significant transportation issues will continue to face the regional in FY 2021. The highest priority task will be to begin incorporating 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. There is also an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Pleasant View Grade Separation, U.S. 95, completion of Prairie Avenue west to SH-41, the Huetter Corridor and widening I-90). If the local option vehicle registration fee is successful in November 2020, efforts will be made to seek timely implementation of the program. 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 businesses. 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. Development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments that crosses all modes of transportation, along with funding strategies…[read more].