Public Involvement

Public Involvement Procedures ManualIndiana citizens play an important role in shaping the transportation decisions that will affect their communities. Residents rely on the transportation system to move around their communities and throughout the state for employment, educational opportunities and for recreation. Visitors rely on the transportation system to reach their destinations and return home safely. Businesses rely on the transportation system to move products and materials.  

INDOT recognizes the importance of involving the public as early as possible when developing transportation solutions to best meet the state’s transportation challenges. Therefore, it is the policy of INDOT to promote public involvement opportunities in the planning and project development phases, continuing through project construction and maintenance.

INDOT’s public involvement procedures provide opportunities for early and continuing engagement of public and community stakeholders in developing transportation plans, programs, and projects. INDOT defines public involvement as a two-way communication aimed at providing information to the public and incorporating input from the public in the transportation decision-making process. The public provides input on transportation needs, community concerns, and environmental considerations. INDOT uses this input to help make decisions. By involving the public early in the planning process and throughout the development and implementation of projects, INDOT will deliver a statewide transportation system that meets the needs of, and is supported by its customers, the citizens of Indiana.
INDOT is committed to ensuring compliance of all applicable federal and state laws pertaining to public involvement and participation during all phases of the transportation decision-making process.   

Public Involvement Process

Long Range Transportation Plan Telephone Town Hall   

INDOT held its first ever telephone town hall on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 7:00pm regarding the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The telephone town hall was an informative and interactive event where State transportation system topics were discussed in a format resembling that of a radio call-in show.  An event summary and related highlights will be posted soon.  

We invite the public to review the LRTP Executive Summary and to provide input. The Draft LRTP document is anticipated to be released for public review soon. INDOT anticipates adoption of the plan early next year

Public Involvement Links & Documents    

Public Involvement Information

LPA Public Involvement

As the Local Public Agency (LPA) makes decisions on transportation projects that utilize federal-aid funding or require a federal action, the LPA must consider input from the public and community stakeholders. 

Public Involvement Manual



  • Sets policy
  • Provides guidance
  • Procedures exceed minimum requirements
  • Significant coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Procedures last updated in 2012
  • Promotes timely and proactive engagement of INDOT customers and transportation stakeholders  

INDOT PIP update includes expanded guidance and/or requirements regarding the following:  

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidance and INDOT stakeholder engagement

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) guidance and INDOT stakeholder engagement

Public involvement required per Indiana Code 

Summary of public involvement activities required during Project Selection

Distinction between public hearings, public meetings, open houses and how INDOT complies with federal and state laws when conducting these events

Added criteria in determining what types of projects will require formal public involvement

Communicating project decisions following a public hearing as part of the NEPA process

Expanded LPA public involvement requirement(s) – require action in communicating project decisions at conclusion of environmental phase pages

The INDOT PIP lays out the fundamental requirements for public involvement, established by federal and state law, by regulation and by INDOT policies.    

The INDOT PIP requires joint approval with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) following a minimum 45-day public comment and document review period.  The INDOT Office of Public Involvement (OPI) will perform a number of outreach activities to inform the public once the draft PIP is released for public review.

Small Urban and Rural Transportation Planning (SURTP)

INDOT cultivates relationships with its transportation planning partners by working cooperatively to identify solutions to transportation challenges statewide.

The activities performed by planning partners such as Regional or Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) enable INDOT to acquire the data and information necessary to make well-informed transportation infrastructure investment decisions. 

RPOs serve the transportation planning needs for small urban and rural areas and perform eligible planning activities that support local communities. In addition, RPOs provide support to INDOT planning teams in several key areas, including public outreach, technical assistance to local officials, and transportation-related data collection.   

The Small Urban and Rural Transportation Planning Assistance Program seeks to enhance the capabilities of RPOs by providing expanded resources to RPOs as they perform transportation planning activities in non-metropolitan areas. 

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Contact Information

Rickie Clark
Manager-Public Involvement
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 642
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mary Wright
Public Hearing Officer-Public Involvement
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 642
Indianapolis, IN 46204