MDOT to provide assistance in developing policies

The 2010 budget process has finally come to an end.  The good news is complete streets language remain in the final transportation budget (Public Act 116 of 2009).

The complete streets section, however, was weakened into intent language,  meaning that MDOT and local road agencies are encouraged but not required to develop and adopt complete streets policies.  While we are disappointed that complete streets are still not yet mandatory, we are pleased to announce that language in this bill does state that “the department [MDOT] shall provide assistance to and coordinate with local road agencies and metropolitan planning organizations in developing complete street policies, including the development of model complete street policies.”

We are currently looking into who the proper contact is at MDOT to direct inquires regarding assistance with the development of complete streets policies.

The final bill is Public Act 116 of 2009. Complete Streets is covered in Section 399.

FY 2009-10 TRANSPORTATION BUDGET S.B. 254

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2009-2010/billanalysis/Senate/htm/2009-SFA-0254-N.htm

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2009-2010/billenrolled/Senate/htm/2009-SNB-0254.htm

“Sec. 399. It is the intent of the legislature that the department and local road agencies that receive appropriations under this act work to develop and adopt complete street policies. In planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of streets and highways, the department and local road agencies shall adhere to the adopted complete street policy. The department shall provide assistance to and coordinate with local road agencies and metropolitan planning organizations in developing complete street policies, including the development of model complete street policies. As used in this section:

(a) “Complete street” means a roadway that accommodates all travelers, particularly public transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians (including individuals of all ages and individuals with mobility, sensory, neurological, or hidden disabilities), and motorists, to enable all travelers to use the roadway safely and efficiently.

(b) “Complete street policy” means a state or local law, ordinance, or policy that ensures the adequate accommodation, in all phases of project planning and development, of all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, children, older individuals, motorists, and individuals with disabilities, and the consideration of the safety and convenience of all users in all phases of project planning and development.”

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