Unified Planning Work Program

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
Kootenai County will continue to face many significant transportation issues in FY19. Some of our most pressing issues include an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Pleasant View Grade Separation, U.S. 95, Prairie Avenue west to SH-41, and the Huetter Corridor) by continuing to seek cost-effective solutions and identify sources of necessary funding.  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 to address rising costs, rapid growth and system capacity shortfalls.  With the passage of the FAST Act, 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 developed. KMPO anticipates ITD to continue engaging with the MPO in the collaborative process during FY 2019…[read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
Kootenai County continues to face many significant transportation issues in FY18. Some of our most pressing issues include an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Pleasant View Grade Separation, U.S. 95, Prairie Avenue, and the Huetter Corridor) by continuing to seek cost effective solutions and identifying sources of necessary funding. 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 across all modes of transportation, along with funding strategies to address rising costs, rapid growth and system capacity shortfalls. With the passage of the FAST Act, 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 developed. KMPO anticipates ITD to continue engaging with the MPO in the collaborative process during FY 2018… [read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
In the period covered by the FY17 UPWP, our most pressing issues include an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Pleasant View Grade Separation, SH-41 Corridor, U.S. 95, Prairie Avenue, and the Huetter Corridor), protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation activities, development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments across all modes of transportation, and coordination and engagement with ITD and local stakeholders on several performance measures related to planning, public transportation, and street/roadway maintenance and preservation… [read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
In the period covered by the FY16 UPWP, our most pressing issues include implementing the recommendations contained in the updated Regional Public Transportation Plan, an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Seltice Way, Government Way, and Prairie Avenue), protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation activities, development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments across all modes of transportation, and 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 developed… [read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
In the period covered by the FY15 UPWP, our most pressing issues include implementing the recommendations contained in the updated Regional Public Transportation Plan, an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Seltice Way, Government Way, and Prairie Avenue), protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation activities, development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments across all modes of transportation, and 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 developed… [read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
In the period covered by the FY14 UPWP, our most pressing issues include, with approval the of the updated Regional Public Transportation Plan, implementation of the recommendations, an ongoing need to plan and prepare for investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., Seltice Way, Government Way, Prairie Avenue), protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation activities, development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments across all modes of transportation, and coordination and engagement with ITD and local stakeholders on several performance measures related to planning, public transportation, and street/roadway maintenance and preservation…[read more].

Significant Issues Facing the Region
In the period covered by the FY13 UPWP, our most pressing issues include, with approval of the updated Regional Public Transportation Plan, implementation of the recommendations, an ongoing need to plan and prepare for significant investments in various widening and reconstruction projects (e.g., the Huetter Bypass, major railroad corridor improvements, SH-41, I-90 widening, I-90 access improvements at Beck and Greensferry Road and the continued expansion of Government Way, Lancaster Road, Prairie Avenue and Ramsey Road), protecting future transportation corridors through land use and right-of-way preservation, development of a unified regional philosophy for transportation investments across all modes of transportation, coordination and engagement with ITD and local stakeholders several performance measures related to planning, public transportation, and street/roadway maintenance and preservation… [read more].