JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
Jefferson City is working on its long-term infrastructure improvement plan, but it wants input from residents on what to prioritize.
The Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking for feedback for its Metropolitan Transportation Plan for 2024 and beyond. CAMPO plans for all kinds of transportation -- bicycles, pedestrians, drivers and planes.
You can give your feedback in this online survey. There are also two in person public input opportunities: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Jefferson City Hall and 3:30-6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, at the Holts Summit Municipal Center from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Two of the big focus areas are safety and economic development, CAMPO Senior Planner Katrina Williams said.
"Some of our high priority issues are things that are pretty regionally significant. So needs concerned with the the tri-level or the bridge going over the Missouri River," Williams said.
The projects have to be prioritized because CAMPO looks at things decades at a time.
"We do this plan over a 20-year planning horizon, ao a lot of the projects that are in this plan have been in this plan for several years now, over a decade for some of these projects," Williams said. "Just because you have to prioritize what you can work on first and you have things that might need more maintenance earlier than other projects."
Jefferson City Mayor Ron Fitzwater said it's been his goal since he got into office to see the city grow in tourism, economically and in population. He referenced a goal he's calling Project 50.
"We're at about 44,000 population," Fitzwater said. "We'd like to hit the 50,000 level, but we want to do it right. We want to we want growth to be appropriate."
Fitzwater is spearheading projects he hopes will grow the city, such as the conference center planned Downtown and a housing development plan to create new housing for people of all income levels. Fitzwater told ABC 17 News he feels confident in the city's ability to accommodate a growing population with existing and planned infrastructure.