IMCAL is currently heading the efforts to get the Lake Charles area MPO into Ozone Compliance and to make sure that we are in attainment of the federal regulated levels. This involves collaboration between businesses, industries, and agencies within the area. We have formed a task force to tackle these issues, and to come up with solutions. For more information on ground level ozone click here.
The task force includes several agencies and businesses located in and around the Lake Charles area. IMCAL has joined with the Alliance of Southwest Louisiana to get awareness out to the community regarding Ozone reduction. The following link discusses ways in which you can help take action on ozone within the community: Action on Ozone
If everyone joins together to reduce the amount of emmissions put out at home and in their own shere of influence, then we will reduce the amount of ground level ozone. Working together we can make a positive impact in our community!
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, along with the Federal Highway Administration, will hold a Public Hearing for the I-210 Cove Lane / Nelson Road Interchange Improvements. Please click on this link to see the flyer for the meeting time, location, and additional information.
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):
Long Range Transportation (Master Plan- Known as the MTP) Due to the size you can view this plan at the IMCAL office or at the local libraries.
Together, in tandem, these three documents represent the beginning, middle and end process, or recipe, if you will – for transportation planning success.
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:
Comprehensive Bicycle Plan
Intelligent Transportation Systems Plan (ITS)
Pedestrian Needs Assessment
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 was awarded in 2009 by the Louisiana Chapter for the American Planning Association.
Lake Charles Area MPO Public Service Announcement for the Long Range Transportation Plan MTP 2034
Lake Charles Area MPO Public Service Announcement
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
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 Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization can be viewed at the following links:
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.