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IMCAL's recently-adopted Long Range Transportation Plan 2040 for Calcasieu Parish

Volume 1 (The Main Document / List long-term roadway projects):

Volume 2 (Parish Profile / Parish Demographics):

Executive Summary:

MPO Traffic Counts
Public Notice:  UPWP Adopted by the TPC on 4-3-14

On April 3rd, 2014, the TPC adopted the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).  The final document can be viewed here.

Recently approved plans from the Lake Charles MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) 

The Metropolitan Planning Organization develops three key documents (plans) that are the ingredients for transportation planning and programming for the Lake Charles Metropolitan Area:

View each plan by clicking on the links below (PDF format):

Together, in tandem, these three documents represent the beginning, middle and end process, or recipe, if you will ? for transportation planning success.

A complete summary of MPO Plans & Studies

 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) - Developed annually, the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) identifies the funding sources, implementing agencies that will be cooking up planning activities to be worked on by the MPO and its staff in the upcoming year.

A sampling of other plans and studies conducted as part of the UPWP include:

Long Range Transportation Plan 2034 (MTP-20 Years into the Future) - The MPO is required to develop the Long Range Transportation (Master Plan (MTP). A blueprint to guide the establishment of priorities for development programs and transportation projects within Lake Charles Urbanized Metropolitan Area, the MTP identifies needed improvements and transportation goals 20 years into the future. Seeking to balance investments in various transportation modes against anticipated funding from federal, state and local sources, the MTP reflects ever changing conditions and new planning principles and is based upon regional population and economic growth projections.


We are proud of our Plan.  It received an award in 2009 from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association.


 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) - The TIP or Transportation Improvement Plan, which identifies, prioritizes and allocates anticipated funding for transportation improvements over the next 4 years, is updated annually. It is not a wish list. Rather, the TIP is the culmination of the planning process, the MTP and UPWP.  It represents a consensus among local, state and regional officials as to what tangible and funded transportation improvements to services and facilities to pursue in the short- term for: Roadways, Aviation, Transit, Port, Pedestrian, Bicycle, Transportation, Disadvantaged

For a copy of the MPO "Project Selection Process" with a Stage 0 Application, click here: Project Selection Process.

Here is the latest copy of the TIP's Record of Adoptions and Amendments page.

Also, see our  Coordination In Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP),which outlines proactive measures in planning for the coordination of transit services in the entire IMCAL area.   In 2009, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development presented the MPO with the prestigious "Extra Mile" award for its implementing of this plan and its creation of the Transit Committee.

 Maps and traffic counts for the Lake Charles MPO can be viewed at the following links (Some Under Construction)

  Traffic Counts for 2008 - 2012       

         MTP Stage I map
MTP Stage II map

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made investments into transportation infrastructure and maintenance of those facilities.  With the assistance of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the MPO was approved for $9.6 million to use as "Stimulus Funds" on projects eligible in the area.  To view more information about these projects click ARRA Projects or to inquire about updates on those projects contact our office. 

For more information, contact the Lake Charles Urbanized Area MPO professional staff at (337) 433-1771. 

ADA Notice: For special accommodations for meetings, contact our ADA Coordinator via phone (337) 433-1771 at least one week in advance.

IMCAL fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see link above or call our Title VI Coordinator at (337) 433-1771.

About our MPO Committees

Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) 

The TPC is the decision making body for the MPO.  The TPC consist of the mayors from each city in the MPO (Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Westlake), a representative for Calcasieu Parish (the host parish for the MPO) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Administrator.  It approves and adopts all the transportation planning activities of the Lake Charles Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  The Committee also provides guidance to the MPO staff on policy matters. The TPC meets bi-monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday of that month at 10:00 a.m.

 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC consists of transportation professionals working for governments and government agencies who review plans, projects and programs from a technical perspective and advise the TPC on technical issues. The TAC meets bi-monthly, typically on the third Thursday of that month at 10:00 a.m.

The Transit Advisory Committee's mission is to make the MPO area a more efficient and accessible place to use transit services.  The Committee makes recommendations to the MPO on urban and rural transit related issues.  The Transit Advisory Committee was originally established in 2007 with the adoption of the MPO Coordination In Human Services Transportation Plan.

Transit Advisory Committee 

The Transit Advisory Committee normally meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month on a quarterly month basis.


For more information on committee meeting dates, agendas, and locations, please contact the IMCAL office at 337-433-1771.



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