Financial resources are needed to maintain the region’s transportation system and address its deficiencies. In light of limited federal and state resources, there is a real need to generate funds from within the region for transportation improvements. New funding sources are needed, particularly for capital formation, and strategies to use funds prudently. This Plan’s foundation is the region’s existing transportation system. In the ever-changing transportation environment, the existing transportation system serves as a baseline to which policies, alternatives and improvements can be referenced. The Plan’s effort is to optimize the existing system through recommendations for applying roadway operational improvements. Roadway expansion will be considered, however priority is given to system preservation with the allocation of a sizeable portion of available funding revenues to this purpose. The preservation of the existing system objectives for this Plan include:

  • Insuring adequate funding to preserve and maintain the integrity of the existing transportation infrastructure