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3

Jul

Madison Roundabout

The Vision 2020 Plan, drafted in the mid 1990’s, was a Vision’ of what the people of Yuma would like to see by the year 2020. The plan was designed to give the public what it wanted through its public planning process, involving roughly 500 property owners, merchants, and other citizens.

 

3

Jul

Gateway Park

At the end of Madison Avenue in Historic Downtown Yuma. With the shade provided by the freeway bridge, the river beach is a popular swimming spot in the summer.

 

3

Jul

Fortuna Wash Bridge

The bridge makes US 95 a safer and more-reliable route for agricultural shipments, international trade and seasonal visitors.

 

3

Jul

West Wetlands Pond

The West Wetlands Pond and the surrounding lawn area are available for recreational use. The pond is 15 ft deep at the center and is regularly stocked with a variety of game fish by partners, Arizona Game & Fish Department. A fishing license is required and there are special daily limits for the pond.

 

3

Jul

3E Bridge

A Bridge Widening project that was a cooperative effort between ADOT and the City of Yuma.

 

14

Dec

17th Annual Rural Transportation Summit

RTS-logoThe 17th Annual Arizona Rural Transportation Summit will be held January 12th through 15th, 2016, in Yuma, Arizona. The Summit is a signature event for Rural Arizona, in which elected and appointed officials, transportation planners, service providers, engineers, and other dignified guests convene.
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9

May

Job Opening at YMPO

YMPO has a job opportunity for the Contract Administrator position. Under general supervision, provides oversight of the Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) fixed-route and dial-a-ride (DAR) public transportation service transportation provider contracts. Read more

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9

May

13th Annual Rural Transportation Summit

The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) is proud to host the 13th Annual Rural Transportation Summit. The Summit will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Yuma on January 18-20, 2012.

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7

May

Arizona Port of Entry

The San Luis II commercial port-of-entry will bolster commercial trucks entering/exiting Arizona with two modern ports-of-entry with the capacity to handle increased volumes of commercial traffic. Read more

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1

May

Our Mission

The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) is one of over 400 MPOs in the Nation. An MPO is required in each Urbanized Area that has 50,000 persons, or more, as measured by the US Census Bureau during the decennial census. Arizona has eight MPOs and YMPO is the third largest, after the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Pima Association of Governments. MPOs are governed by Regional Councils or Executive Boards which primarily comprise elected representatives from the agencies in the area that they serve.

The main role for an MPO is to coordinate the transportation planning efforts for their respective regions. The Federal Highway and Transit Administrations usually implement changes through the respective State Departments of Transportation (DOTs). As a result, even though States have a major role in the transportation decision-making process, their role tends to be limited because of the respective authority that Counties, Townships, Cities, Towns and Indian Communities exercise. The State DOT’s roles vary from State to State because of the respective authorities of the other parties.

As a result, the US DOT created the MPOs to ensure that an ‘independent’ organization, representing separate metro areas was made responsible for planning and coordinating regional transportation efforts.

YMPO not only represents the Yuma urbanized area, but is also responsible for the whole of Yuma County and has been doing so since 1983. YMPO prepares a Long-Range Transportation Plan for a minimum of 20 years that includes all transportation projects funded with federal funds and any other major project that might affect the regional modelled network, regardless of funding source. YMPO also prepares a much more detailed Transportation Improvement Program that is only five years long and breaks down projects into the development phases and is much more detailed regarding funds committed.

As the region is in nonattainment for two air quality pollutants, YMPO has to show that the LRTP and the TIP doesn’t make air quality any worse by carrying out an Air Quality Conformity Analysis as part of the development process for each plan.

Currently the main surface priorities for YMPO are to widen US-95 between the eastern boundary of the City of Yuma (at about Araby Road) northwards to Aberdeen Road. This supports the largest civilian employer in the region, the Yuma Proving Grounds. This segment of US-95 is the highest traffic volume segment of a State Route in the State that does not have a four-lane section. The next step is to get US-95 improved to an all-weather surface through to I-10 in Quartzsite. Follow-on priorities, such as widening of Juan Sanchez Boulevard in San Luis to connect to SR-195 and the construction of the Avenue E alignment from SR-195 to County 18th Street, have been identified but have not, formally, been approved at this time.

For further information, please contact Paul Ward or Charles Gutierrez at ympo.org or on 928-783-8911.

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