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Date Published: 2013-01-15

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Public Meeting Slated on Connecting Nevada Plan

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Department of Transportation will host a meeting on the Connecting Nevada Plan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Historic 5th St. School in downtown Las Vegas. There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Connecting Nevada is  a comprehensive, statewide, multi-modal planning effort whose goal is to improve communication and coordination among partner agencies, geographic areas and planning efforts. The intent of the Connecting Nevada Plan is to develop a framework that coordinates and integrates the results of various state, regional, and local planning efforts into a unified, cohesive vision. The Connecting Nevada Plan will guide decisions and investments in the future, establish policies and guidance for identification and preservation of transportation corridors and recognize and encourage multi-modal opportunities.

Who:    Nevada Department of Transportation.

What:  Las Vegas Public Meeting on the Connecting Nevada Plan.

When: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 4 to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Historic 5th Street School, 401 S. 4th St., Suite, 145, Las Vegas, Nevada

The first phase of the plan, completed in September 2009, included the contributions of 22 participating agencies and numerous stakeholders (local, regional, state, and federal government agencies; utilities; trade associations; private businesses; developers, and other interest groups). A series of workshops and stakeholder meetings produced a conceptual framework for a plan that includes four core focus areas: structure, process, policy, and tools/resources.

Phase II of the plan was initiated in May 2011 and is nearing completion. This phase of Connecting Nevada incorporated elements of stakeholder and public participation that provide for ongoing collaboration, two-way information exchanges, and thoughtful, substantive deliberation of important topic areas impacting the Connecting Nevada Plan. Through the stakeholder outreach conducted as part of Phase II the following key priorities were identified: Safety; Economic Development; Partnership Development; Improved Access; Environmental Issues.

Requests for assistance:Reasonable efforts will be made to assist and accommodate physically handicapped persons desiring to attend the meeting. Requests for auxiliary aids or services to assist individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency should be made with as much advance notice as possible to Julie Maxey, NDOT, Public Hearings Officer, by calling (775) 888-7171 or sending an e-mail to Julie Maxey's e-mail address.

About NDOT 

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.