The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday that it will hold a 45-day public comment period on proposed updates to its Statewide Public Participation Plan, which will conclude on Wednesday, March 11.

The plan outlines the public participation methods used when developing the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, the Twelve Year Program, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and the Statewide Public Participation Plan, and explains how the public can get involved in its statewide transportation planning and programming processes.

The Statewide Public Participation Plan is PennDOT’s documented public involvement process outlining opportunities for public participation in statewide transportation planning and programming. This plan is required as part of the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 450.210).

PennDOT encourages the public to review the draft plan in its entirety, and to provide comments. The draft document and the electronic comment form will be available at. www.PennDOT.gov/PublicParticipation. Paper copies of the draft document and comment form will also be available at PennDOT District offices, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization offices, and at stakeholder locations throughout the state. A list of the viewing locations is available at the website noted above.

Anyone who requires special assistance to participate, or has questions pertaining to the Public Comment Period or the Draft Updated Plan should contact the PennDOT Bureau of Equal Opportunity at 800-468-4201 or online at RA-PDPUBLICPARTMAIL@pa.gov.

All comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and evaluated by PennDOT. Changes to the draft plan will be determined as part of the evaluation process. All comments and questions received during the comment period will become a part of the update process documentation.