January 27, 2021 — Gena McCullough, Planning Director/Assistant Executive Director, reported that chapters of the 2050 Quad Cities Long Range Transportation Plan are currently available for review on the Bi-State website, including those related to the metropolitan planning area (MPA) profile, passenger transportation, non-motorized transportation, and freight. Pending chapter include system planning considerations, a summary of the transportation system, and roads as well as the supporting appendices. Three addendums will follow the plan adoption, including model documentation, congestion management plan, and the Federal Highway Administration directed performance requirements in a technical addendum.
January 27, 2021 — Denise Bulat, Executive Director, reported the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is fully updated every five years, with the last one completed in 2016. The 2021 CEDS will be a full update.
January 27, 2021 — Jessica Brooks, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, presented on the spring flood outlook at the February 26 Bi-State Regional Commission meeting. Spring rains and the rate of snowmelt will influence the severity of flooding, she explained, which are difficult to forecast months in advance with high degrees of certainty. However, four other factors that can be measured at present suggest long-duration flooding is possible on the Mississippi this spring.