Grand Island thinking long term with 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island's Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on their 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. It will focus on the future of highways, roads and transit in GI over the next twenty five years.

Grand Island's Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on their 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Having at least a 20 year plan became a federal requirement after the city was labeled a metropolitan back in 2013. A plan that spans over two decades may seem a little long, but the department says some major projects such as a highway expansion can take about time frame from start to finish.

The plan will be revisited every five years to make updates more tailored to the current standards. The MPO Manager, Andy Gomez, says he expects to have to make some changes here and there especially after seeing just how much technology has changed in his 25 year career.

"My first maybe 20 years hadn't been a lot of changes going on," Gomes said. "But these recent few years we have noticed there's these autonomous vehicles being talked about and flying cars are very much in the works now."

The department is looking for the public's input on their plan and invites everyone out to a public vision workshop about this next month. That will be happening on Tuesday, February 4th at the Grand Island Library from 5 to 6:30.

For more information about the workshop and the plans they are working on, you can visit