While Sedona is in the midst of a year-long transportation master plan, the Arizona Department of Transportation is wrapping up one of its own.
One of the ways ADOT looks to the future is through its What Moves You Arizona campaign that features its the Long-Range Transportation Plan that’s updated every five years. Part of this process includes an online survey that the public is encouraged to fill out. It will be up until Friday, Nov. 11.
“ADOT is reaching out to the public and stakeholders so they can tell us what transportation needs are most important to them — both now and in the future,” ADOT spokeswoman Laura Douglas told the Sedona Red Rock News. “We want them to get engaged, and we’ve made it easy through this interactive online survey which allows them to experience what it’s like as a transportation planner.”
An ADOT press release says that this allows the state to look ahead 25 years and plan for transportation needs throughout Arizona. It also helps them determine how they distribute funding to balance the many needs of the state’s highway system.
“That’s where you come in,” the release states. “We’ve created an easy and engaging interactive online survey, so you can tell us what’s most important to you when it comes to how we travel to get to work, school, appointments, activities and so much more.”
The survey gives people the opportunity to rank six transportation priorities: Preservation, expansion, safety, technology, accessibility and maintenance and operations.
“You get a budget and determine how much of it you’d allocate for each priority,” the release states. “Then you’ll decide trade-off scenarios that further define your priorities.”
State transportation facts in the survey include:
- Arizona’s population was 6.3 million in 2010 and it is projected to grow to 11.5 million by 2050.
- In 2013, 77 percent of Arizona’s employed population drove alone to work, 12 percent carpooled, 6 percent worked at home, 2 percent used public transportation, 2 percent walked and 1 percent bicycled.
- Arizona has a total of 141,483 roadway lane miles and 8,035 bridges. Only a portion of this overall system — 18,488 lane miles and 4,741 bridges are owned and maintained by ADOT.
- The cost to meet state highway system preservation, maintenance, modernization and expansion needs over the next 25 years totals $70 billion, while revenues over this period are expected to total $24.6 billion [both in current value].
“There are lots of transportation needs throughout all of Arizona, but not enough funding to meet all of those needs,” Douglas said. “We are often required to make difficult choices when it comes to transportation investments and what to prioritize, while recognizing that the different areas of our state have different needs and wants.”
ADOT will summarize and share the results of the survey and will have an updated plan in place in early 2017.
ADOT’s Long-Range Plan is updated every five years and is not project specific.
The release added, “It’s up to the public, policymakers and communities to tell ADOT what’s important to them throughout the long-range planning process and to prioritize projects and funding.”
For more information, visit our project website atazdot.gov/whatmovesyouarizona. The survey can be taken at what movesyouarizona.metroquest.com.