Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development Commission
Imperial Calcasieu
Regional Planning & Development Commission

Transportation & Safety

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

In metropolitan areas, the transportation plan is the statement of the ways the region plans to invest in the transportation system. Per federal regulations, the plan shall "include both long range and short-range program strategies and actions that lead to the development of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods."

2045 MTP

Lake Charles Urbanized Area 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Metropolitan Transportation Plan
for the Lake Charles Urbanized Area

Download the Main 2045 MTP Report Record of Changes

The MTP addresses:

  • Long-range policies, strategies, and projects
  • A systems level approach by considering roadways, transit, non-motorized transportation, and intermodal connection
  • Projected demand for transportation services over 20 years
  • Regional land use, development, housing, and employment goals and plans
  • Cost estimates and reasonably available financial sources for operation, maintenance, and capital investments
  • Ways to preserve existing roads and facilities and make efficient use of the existing system

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the long-range statewide transportation plan must be consistent with each other. The MTP must be updated every five years in air quality attainment areas or every four years in non-attainment or maintenance areas. MPOs should make special efforts to engage interested parties in the development of the plan. Finally, in cases where a metropolitan area is designated as a non-attainment or maintenance area, the plan must conform to the State Improvement Plan for air quality.

Transportation Improvement Program

A Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) includes projects from the Metropolitan Transportation Plan that are expected to advance to construction in the next four years. 

A TIP is prepared cooperatively by the regional planning commission, acting in its legal capacity as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Lake Charles urbanized area, local governments, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, public transit operators, and other key stakeholders, with input from the public. 

Transportation Improvement Program

FY 2019 - 2022

Transportation Improvement Program
for the Lake Charles Urbanized Area

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The TIP is updated on a four-year update cycle; however, it is reviewed regularly by the regional planning commission. Selected revisions are permitted, following formal amendment procedures. Both the local and state TIPs are identical documents containing a common set of projects proposed for federal funding.

TIPs and STIPs are products of a consensus-building process carried out jointly by the regional planning commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Projects identified in the TIPs are part of the approved Transportation Plan and refer to improvements being funded under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

Unified Planning Work Program 2021-2022

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a contractual document that describes the coordinated transportation-planning program to be undertaken within the Lake Charles Urbanized Area. These planning activities are the joint responsibility of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) and the Lake Charles Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) (as represented by IMCAL).

Annual List of Obligated Projects (ALOP)

The Moving Ahead for the Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) mandates the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development Commission (IMCAL), hereforth referred as "Lake Charles Metropolitan Planning Organization” or “LCMPO", to publish federally funded annual list of obligated projects.

The annual list provides a record of project delivery for the previous federal fiscal year. This report will list all transportation projects authorized between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. The list also resolves to increase recognition of government expenditures on transportation projects to the public. Obligations of federal funds means that a project has received federal commitment for reimbursement and does not necessarily mean that the project was initiated or completed in that year or indicate the total cost of that project.