September 13, 2021

SIMPCO Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendments

The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is in the process of amending the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan with approval scheduled for November 4, 2021.  The Long-Range Transportation Plan is a guiding document of information on existing transportation related systems and to project future needs based on locally derived goals, and objectives to support growth in the region. The amendments include:

  1. Sioux Point Road Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail in Dakota Dunes, SD needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $379,900 with $297,900 in Federal participation (TAP) in the FY 21 – 24 time-band.
  2. Sioux Point Road Share Use Path in North Sioux City, SD needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $941,900 with $400,000 in Federal participation (TAP) in the FY 21-24 time-band.
  3. Veterans Trail/MidAmerican Trail/25th Street Trail in South Sioux City needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $1,065,000 with $852,000 Federal participation (TAP) in the FY 21-24 time-band.

The proposed amendments are now available for public comment. The 2045 LRTP can be viewed at SIMPCO or on the SIMPCO website.  The proposed amendments can be found in Table 8.6 and 8.14 in Chapter 8.  https://simpco.org/divisions/transportation-planning/long-range-transportation-plans-lrtp/

On request, SIMPCO can provide a hard copy of the document, or it may be viewed at the SIMPCO office: 1122 Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA

SIMPCO staff will be holding a Public Input Meeting as an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the Draft 2045 LRTP on October 19, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. This meeting will be held at SIMPCO (1122 Pierce Street, Sioux City, IA) AND via video/telephone conference. To participate electronically, please call SIMPCO at 712-279-6286 for Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode or email simpco@simpco.org.

Please submit all comments on the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan amendments to Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director, SIMPCO: (712) 279-6286, FAX (712) 279-6920 or by email at mbostinelos@simpco.org.  The public comment period ends on October 31, 2021.

SIMPCO MPO Public Input meetings are open to all individuals.  Any person with special needs requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in a Public Input meeting should contact the SIMPCO office at 712-279-6286 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.


 

September 9, 2021

Phase 2 of Hamilton Boulevard Corridor Traffic Study Begins

The first 30 days of a traffic signal evaluation on Hamilton Boulevard is complete and a new phase of the trial period is beginning. As part of the SIMPCO’s Hamilton Boulevard Corridor Traffic Study, the City of Sioux City Engineering Division is investigating the removal of three traffic signals along Hamilton Boulevard.  These locations include:

  • 3rd Street and Hamilton Blvd.
  • 8th Street and Hamilton Blvd.
  • 22nd Street and Hamilton Blvd.

As part of a 90-day interim evaluation period, the traffic signals were initially placed in flash mode and stop sign control was placed on the side-street approaches. Custom signs were also added at each intersection to indicate that the signal is under study for removal. As Phase 2 begins this week, the signal will now be turned off completely (it will no longer flash), the signal heads will be bagged, and the evaluation will continue for another 60 days.

The public is encouraged to continue to provide feedback online at http://rebrand.ly/HamiltonTraffic or by calling 712-224-4990.

Motorists are advised to reduce speed, drive cautiously, and obey all traffic control signs driving in these locations.

Questions can be directed to SIMPCO Regional Planner Hannah Neel at 898-6223 or Sioux City Public Works Director David Carney at 279-6324.