CTDOT Seeks Input on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and Public Information Procedures
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is seeking public input as it updates its four-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and revised Public Involvement Procedures (PIP). Comments will be received at two virtual public information meetings on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
“Transportation supports our communities, quality of life and the economy underpinning the state,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti. “Virtually all aspects of day-to-day activity and necessities are supported or impacted by Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure systems – our roads, bridges, buses, trains, sidewalks, multi-use path and ferries. So it is critical that we receive feedback from the public that we serve in order for us to tailor or projects, services and policies to best fit the needs of all stakeholders. Please, be part of the process. This is your opportunity to be heard.”
The 2021-2024 draft STIP covers a $3.865 billion program, listing all federally funded transportation improvements, by federal funding category and by region, which are scheduled to occur over the next four years in Connecticut, including capital and operational improvements to each transportation mode: including highway, bus, rail and bicycle facilities and amenities.
In conjunction with the preparation of the STIP, CTDOT is also required to continually develop its Public Involvement Procedures (PIP). These are the procedures the department follows to ensure stakeholders are afforded notification and venues to share their concerns or questions. To that end, the department will be hosting two virtual public information meetings on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM. Details on how to join the virtual public meetings can be found here.
CTDOT staff will be available to help answer specific questions and clarify any proposed projects, as well as addressing questions and comments on the PIP.
The draft STIP can be found here.
The draft PIP can be found here.
Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (800) 369-2192 and entering the Participant Code when prompted: 4906163. Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). The MS Teams Live Event offers closed captioning for the hearing impaired and non-English translation options. A recording of the formal presentation will be posted to YouTube following the event and closed captioning (including non-English translation options) will be available at that time. The recording will also be available in the list of DOT virtual public meetings here: https://portal.ct.gov/dot/general/CTDOT-VPIM-Library
Apple users may not have access to the live chat line. During the Q&A session and the comment period that follows the meeting, individuals may leave a question or comment via email (preferred) at DOT.Draft2021STIPComment@ct.gov
Individuals may also leave a voicemail question or comment by calling (860) 944-1111. Please reference the Draft 2021 STIP or PIP in your voicemail.
Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line (860) 594-2109. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.
Persons with limited internet access may request that the Draft 2021 STIP and /or PIP information be mailed to them by contacting Rose A. Etuka by email at Rose.Etuka@ct.gov or by phone at 860 594-2040. (Allow one week for processing and delivery.)
The draft 2021 STIP and PIP are available for review and for public comment from August 24, 2020, to October 9, 2020. The documents are also available for review at the Connecticut Department of Transportation Administration Building in Newington and at each of the eight Metropolitan Planning Organizations and two Rural Council of Governments upon request. An appointment is suggested in orderto adequately schedule all interested parties. To schedule an appointment at CTDOT, please call (860) 594-2040. To schedule an appointment at one of the Council of Governments, please call them directly.
Written comments must be received on or before October 9, 2020. Comments should be addressed to:
Mrs. Maribeth Wojenski
Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Bureau of Policy and Planning
Connecticut Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Emailed to: DOT.Draft2021STIPComment@ct.gov
Please include your name, address, and if applicable, the name of the company or organization you represent with your response.