Bismarck-Mandan metro preparing for future traffic issues

Sep 19, 2018

The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization has begun updating the metro transportation plan.

That plan is called “Arrive 2045.”

"We will be looking for members of the public, stakeholders, folks interested in transportation," said KLJ project manager Wade Kline. "We want them to come in and help worth through the identification of transportation needs in the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area for the next 20-25 years."

The MPO has developed some projections for population and job growth in the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area.

"In terms of employement, probably another 40,000 jobs," Kline said. "The pooulation could go from around 119,000 to 165,000 to 170,000."

Kline said it's business as usual, with Bismarck-Mandan continuing to grow.

"How do we wrap a transportation system around that to support that growth," Kline said.

The MPO will soon be announcing a schedule of workshops to help shape the long range plan. The plan will be updated every five years or so.