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Tippecanoe prepares long term transportation plan

Tippecanoe County’s long term transportation plan is close to finalization.

The transportation committee expects to bring the document in front of the Area Plan Commission next month for approval.

Assistant Director of Transportation Planning John Thomas says this is the sixth update to the plan, which outlines projects through 2040, but says this one is more focused on pedestrian and bike travel.

There is more than $1.6-billion worth of projects identified in the plan.

Thomas says there is only about $138-million in guaranteed federal funds for them. 

He says this means municipalities will have to get creative in how to finance the projects, possibly through Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development Income Tax funds.

The Area Plan Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan at its June 20th meeting.