Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was designated on November 2, 1982, by
the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation on behalf of the Governor and is organized pursuant to
Sections 62.11(5), 60.28(41), 59.97(1), and 16.54(6) of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
The MPO also acts as the local policy advisory committee pursuant to
Section NR 121.05(1)(g)4.b. of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
The purpose of the MPO is to carry out a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive
urban transportation planning process that results in plans and programs consistent with the
comprehensively planned development of the Eau Claire Urbanized area and thereby satisfies the
conditions necessary for the receipt of federal transportation funding for capital, operating,
and planning assistance.
The MPO also assists the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the development
of the municipal point source element of the State’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan and
acts in an advisory role to the Department in matters concerning the implementation of the
The TAC is made up of technical staff representatives from the member
entities and makes recommendations to the MPO Council on technical matters. Meetings are held at
the WCWRPC offices at 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Below is the
tentative meeting schedule for 2021.
January 13, 2021
April 14, 2021
MPO Council is the policy board for the MPO, made up of elected officials from the member communities. Meetings are
held at the WCWRPC offices at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Below is the tentative meeting schedule for
February 3, 2021
May 5, 2021
October 6, 2021
Improvement Program (TIP)
The TIP is a document that lists all state and federally funded transportation projects within the urbanized area
for a five-year period. A new TIP is published by the MPO every two years (odd years) and is amended as needed over
the life of the document. A draft of each new TIP, as well as major amendments, including new projects and
significant changes to projects already in the TIP, are noticed for public review and displayed on this page
(below). Anyone wishing to comment on the TIP or amendments to the document is welcome to do so by any of the
methods listed below.
Range Transportation Plan for the Chippewa-Eau Claire Urbanized Area (LRTP)
The LRTP is a multi-modal transportation
plan for the urbanized area with a planning horizon of at least 20 years into the future. The plan documents
existing conditions of the highway, bicycle, pedestrian, transit, rail, air, and freight modes in the area;
establishes goals and objectives; examines system deficiencies; and recommends improvements for each mode over the
next 20+ years.
The currently adopted 2020-2045 plan and appendices are listed and linked below:
Updates to the plan are required every
five years. Portions of the draft plans are made available on this page for public review. When updates are in
progress, comments can be directed to Eric Anderson (see below for contact information).
Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The MPO worked with an advisory team of local leaders to develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan to help guide efforts to improve walking and biking in the Metropolitan Planning Area over the next 10 years. Through discussion with the advisory team, research and analysis on existing conditions, and public engagement, recommendations were developed. The MPO will work with local governments to implement recommendations from the plan.
The plan is available for download below in pdf format. The document has bookmarks of the chapters and links from the Table of Contents to each of the items listed.
Contact Eric Anderson, Senior Transportation Planner, with questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-836-2918 Ext.18.
The MPO newsletter is an opportunity to update you on our ongoing projects, provide you with some innovative ideas we come across while working on different projects, possible funding sources, some fun information and tidbits about our MPA, and continue to strengthen our relationship with all the communities and other transportation partners in the MPA. These newsletters will not be extensive, roughly three pages. They will be quarterly, and we will send them out via an attachment to an email. If at any time you wish to be taken off our newsletter list, please feel free to contact us. In addition, if you know of someone that would want to be on the list, please have them contact us.
Other MPO Business
The contact for MPO matters is: Eric Anderson