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 Flowcharts

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

INDOT has updated its Public Involvement Procedures Manual, which is designed to assist INDOT staff and consultants who implement INDOT public involvement activities. The updated procedures manual provides guidance to those who are engaged in public involvement opportunities related to INDOT decisions or actions, and to inform the public about what they can expect in terms of INDOT’s public involvement policies and practices. The manual is intended to provide the public with information about INDOT’s commitment to public involvement, in addition to how and where the public can become involved in the transportation planning and development process. 

INDOT, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Indiana Division Office, jointly approved the 2012 INDOT Public Involvement Procedures Manual.

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