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ODOT Wants To Hear From You About The Future Of Transportation

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ODOT employees pour concrete. The department wants to hear ideas about the future of transportation in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback as it updates Access Ohio 2045. That's ODOT's long term transportation plan that guides policies and strategies.

"We want to hear from the public about what kind of things are important to them; what kinds of transportation system would they like to see in the long term," says spokesman Matt Bruning. "We have these regional meetings across the state to help us to better devise that plan to see where we want to move Ohio as we go forward."

The open house-style meeting for Southwest Ohio issues is Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments offices on Pete Rose Way.

Bruning says the timeline calls for having a plan ready for implementation by spring.

He likens it to a blueprint for the state's transportation future.

"We know that we've seen an increase in people driving vehicles, miles traveled has continued to increase across the state. We've seen a huge increase in the amount of freight that's driven through the state of Ohio so obviously those are things that we'll be looking at, but also alternative transportation like public transit, like walking, biking, active transportation modes like those."

If you can't attend the meeting, ODOT is also taking feedback using this online survey.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said the meeting was Thursday. It is Wednesday, Nov. 6.