The South Plains Association of Governments established the South Plains Rural Planning Organization (SPRPO) to enhance rural involvement in the Lubbock District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which includes 17 counties. Uncommon within Texas, the RPO is only the second region to receive funding from TxDOT to complete rural transportation planning tasks, and the RPO’s boundaries match those of the TxDOT District. The SPRPO assists county officials with information, acts as a liaison between the Lubbock TxDOT District county judges and engineers, and coordinates quarterly meetings for collaboration between the Lubbock TxDOT district and the 17 county judges. The RPO has become an important platform for communicating and collaborating. For example, sharing information has led to quick decision-making about areas to locate Dynamic Interactive Message Boards for traveler information and the conversion of two herbicide machines to spray brine on roads as needed for winter maintenance, freeing up TxDOT resources.
This initiative received a 2015 NADO Innovation Award. For more information, contact:
Tim Pierce | Executive Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lubbock, TX | 806.762.8721 | www.spag.org