2021 Regional Transportation Inventory
The major activity conducted by the GADD Regional Transportation Program is to support the KYTC Statewide Transportation Planning process. The KYTC provides an annual scope of work to define the regional transportation activities to be conducted by the GADD to support the KYTC. Included in the scope of work is a specific set of resource documents identified for the Regional Transportation Asset Inventory (RTAI). The RTAI is utilized as a resource document for the entire region while developing goals and objectives for the transportation system, identifying and evaluating needs, reviewing and documenting projects, and throughout the prioritization/ranking process. The RTAI is the “umbrella” that houses data collection components relevant to regional transportation. The RTAI document consists of an introduction for each component detailing the reason for, location maps and what recommendations if any can be construed from existing data and research. It is designed to be multi-modal in nature and address all forms of transportation in the region to include highways, air, river, rail, transit, pedestrian and bicycle. The purpose is to involve local leaders, public officials, and the general public in the transportation planning process. It is designed to develop a working relationship between local leaders, transportation officials and planners, and concerned citizens, with the goal of creating an open environment, allowing for open and informed public input, so those transportation plans receive local acceptance and support. The elements collected in the RTAI can be used as a means of generating better input from local officials and citizens concerning transportation issues and projects. The GADD is responsible mainly for the analysis of data, identification and evaluation of needs in their region, and the subsequent evaluation and prioritization/ranking of projects in the UNL for possible inclusion in the KYTC Six-Year Highway Plan. The GADD’s role in the statewide transportation planning process is to:
- Work with the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) to evaluate and prioritize all transportation needs concerned with all modes of transportation in the region.
- Identification of new needs
- Prioritization/ranking of unscheduled needs
- Establish a public involvement process that will involve diverse interest groups in the statewide transportation planning process – involving all modes of transportation.
- Provide coordination with other planning activities in the region.
- Complete the various tasks described in its annual scope of work.
The role of RTC is to provide input into this regional and statewide process. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of interest that impact or are impacted by the transportation system. The committee will work with the GADD in evaluating and prioritizing needs concerned with all modes of transportation. Through cooperation with the GADD, the RTC, local officials, transportation providers and users, and the general public, efforts are made to identify long-range or conceptual transportation needs resulting from the GADD’s efforts to assess the mobility and accessibility for the region. This identification process is considered an on-going activity with the GADD RTC and the Highway District Offices 7, 9, and 10 following the continuous evaluation of the local and regional transportation systems.