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City holding open house on transportation plan update

September 13, 2011

The City of Bishop will be holding an open house with the public invited to hear, discuss and comment on the city’s transportation blueprint that includes a truck route proposal among others. These proposals are ideas, not slated work projects. The meeting will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. Photo by Mike Bodine

The idea of a truck route in, or perhaps around, the City of Bishop has stirred the hornet’s nest.
The so-far controversial notion, along with possibly adding streets to relieve downtown congestion and various street and pedestrian improvements, is part of the city’s update to its transportation blueprint and has generated many pro and con comments.
Public Works officials are seeking additional comments, and will be discussing the transportation plan update, during an open house from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15 at City Hall, 377 W. Line St. This is the second opportunity for citizens to learn more about, and comment on proposed ideas. There will be current drafts of the plan available at the open house, as well as city and consultant staff to answer questions throughout the open house.
The ideas included in the update have come from other studies conducted by Caltrans and the city, as well as ideas carried over from past plans. Dave Grah, Public Works director, said these ideas are part of the Mobility Element of the city’s general plan. These documents form a framework, and do not constitute a list of projects, Grah said. However, public input is needed if the ideas and plans are something citizens want.
“The city is a reflection of its citizens,” Grah said.
The transportation plan for the city is called the Mobility Element of the city’s General Plan. An open house held in May and many of the ideas and comments received then are reflected in the current draft of the plan. “Ideas and comments from this next meeting will allow further refinement of the overall update,” a press release states.
“The city is pleased to be receiving many comments on the plan as a result of a August mailing of over 2,400 letters to local addresses asking for input,” the press release continues. “Recently, much of that input has concerned a truck route concept presented in the plan. It is good to get these comments on this one idea, but the draft plan includes more than just a truck route idea.”
These ideas include:
• New streets east and west of the city should be constructed to reduce traffic on Main Street.
• The Wye Road, Park Street and Grove / East Pine areas each may present opportunities to improve transportation while enhancing the surrounding areas.
• All streets in Bishop should include sidewalks, with certain exceptions.
• Pedestrian, bike and transit facilities should be expanded .
The city is inviting everyone interested in the city’s transportation system, its impacts on and benefits to the community to attend the open house to learn more about the transportation plan update and, “take this opportunity to have their voices heard,” the City’s press release states.
Grah said he did not want to assign a hard and fast date to the end of the comment period, but was hopeful the final draft will be adopted by the end of 2011.
The current draft and other documents are available on the City of Bishop website www.ca-bishop.us and at City Hall.
For more information contact, City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or (760) 873-8458.

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