GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Valley Metro Council has begun the planning process for the fiscal year 2020-23 Transportation Improvement Program.

The TIP identifies transportation projects within Kent and eastern Ottawa counties proposed by local jurisdictions, transit agencies, and state and federal transportation officials. Federal law requires the TIP to be updated every three years.

The Transportation Programming Study Group, a subcommittee of GVMC’s Technical Committee, will have two public meetings at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at GVMC’s office, 678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, to select eligible projects for the TIP. The meetings also will have opportunities for public comment.

Over 1,700 road projects in Kent and eastern Ottawa counties will be considered for TIP eligibility.

The initial planning process for the FY2020-23 TIP comes at a critical time for the state of local roads. Andrea Faber, transportation planner for GVMC, said the pavement condition of roads in the GVMC’s jurisdiction has gradually been declining over the past three years.

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