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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the purpose of this Transportation Plan?

The purpose of this transportation planning effort is to evaluate the community's transportation system, and ascertain what is needed to make the transportation system function adequately over the course of the planning horizon (year 2030). The overriding objective is to develop a Transportation Plan that coordinates with the desires and direction of the community as a whole, while still providing a safe, functioning, and multi-modal transportation system that can accommodate existing and future travel demands. The end product of this important planning effort will be a useable Transportation Plan that can help guide infrastructure improvements in the community.

Who is the planning process management team?

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Lake County, City of Polson, and the Montana Department of Transportation are the contracting authorities for this planning effort. The Helena office of Camp Dresser and McKee(CDM) is assisting the four planning partners in completing the planning effort by mid-June, 2011.

How will the results of the plan be used?

The results of the planning effort will be used to guide transportation infrastructure needs within the community over the planning horizon. It will also assist in setting the course for improvements related to multi-modal access and community desires for transportation facilities. Plan recommendations may be integrated into MDT's and other local affected planning agencies transportation plans and programs based on funding availability. The results of the plan will also provide information to support efforts to identify funding for future projects.

CDM and the planning partners will collect and consider all public comments received to better understand the public view of potential issues. The team will then determine the next steps that best meets the plan's purpose and has the support of cooperating organizations, regulatory agencies, stakeholders, and the general public.

How can the public/community contribute to the planning effort?

The general public is invited to participate in the process through public open house events (scheduled to begin September 9, 2010) and ongoing information review and input. This web site has been developed to provide on-line opportunities to comment on the needs of the region's transportation system and later, on the draft plan recommendations. Dates, times, and locations will be announced prior to the events through the local media and the plan's mailing list.

Those with a specific interest in the planning efforts are encouraged to join the plan's emailing list. They can do so by submitting their name and contact information to Jeff Key at the address or e-mail shown below or completing and returning the comment sheets that will be distributed at all formal public outreach events at appropriate points during the plan's development and also as contained on this website.

To keep the public informed about the planning process, information is being published on this web site, in local media venues, and in newsletters. The public may also provide input or questions by contacting any of the contacts listed.

How will Study recommendations be evaluated?

Decision-makers will inherently be faced with tradeoffs during the transportation planning process. The planning effort is designed to determine impacts – potentially both adverse and beneficial – of various transportation issues in the study area and the adjacent unincorporated areas. Consideration of planned and on-going land development, the environment, and community values, as well as sound engineering standards, will shape many of the recommendations and study findings. The determination of the various plan recommendations will involve comparing the tradeoffs among the various ideas, as well as a review of the public comments pertaining to the draft plan recommendations. The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Lake County, City of Polson, and the Montana Department of Transportation will consider these comments and evaluate all relevant information as may be deemed appropriate. Final transportation plan recommendations will reflect the outcome of this process and the identification of truly appropriate courses of action for the community transportation system.