Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
A LRTP is required by federal law as a prerequisite to accessing federal transportation funds for road construction, transit, and highway safety. The planning process also provides a mechanism for road users and the public to have input into the plans and priorities before they move into the construction phase. A Tribal LRTP considers the ownership of each road and provides clear recommendations and input into the State and county planning processes. In the current oil-boom environment, it is important to identify the major transportation needs across the reservation. In addition, transportation related issues are constantly changing on the Fort Berthold Reservation so the LRTP must be able to remain flexible while still addressing the current issues. The LRTP should be updated every 5 years.
Although MHA Nation has a current Long Range Transportation Plan (see in the Resources page below), there have been no major updates since 2006. In addition, we have never had a complete multi-modal plan; the previous version only includes roads (not freight, air, transit) and there has been very limited public involvement in the process. The proposed update for the LRTP will include a multi-modal assessment of existing infrastructure with a focus on performance, demands, future needs and projects, community input and involvement, and connectivity with off-reservation communities and services.
Tribal Self-Determination and Sovereignty.
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