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First public session for MoDOT transportation planning will be in Columbia

Monday, February 4, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The first of four Missouri Department of Transportation public planning sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center. 

The session is the first piece of MoDOT’s new statewide community engagement effort called On the Move. The effort will solicit suggestions about future transportation plans in the state.

The Columbia session will emphasize transportation in mid-Missouri while still considering statewide needs. It will be led by UM System President Timothy Wolfe.

Initially, MoDOT will survey the audience about transportation efforts under way in the state. Then Wolfe, MoDOT officials and city, county and business representatives will speak before the audience breaks into small groups to brainstorm ideas.

MoDOT customer relations manager Sally Oxenhandler said she hopes the listening sessions will give the department a better idea about opinions and desires of the community.

“We’re looking for feedback in what people want long term — ideas for specific projects in the future, ideas for innovative solutions or anything else that’s on their minds to help improve transportation in Missouri,” Oxenhandler said.

Future sessions will be held Feb. 19 in Cape Girardeau and Feb. 28 in St. Louis and St. Charles. On the Move will also include a mobile tour and virtual forums over the next several months. For more information, go to missourionthemove.org.


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