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Taking Notes

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.

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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 plan.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

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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 2024.


January 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

August 14, 2024

September 11, 2024


MPO Council

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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 2024.

January 31, 2024

May 1, 2024

August 28, 2024

October 2, 2024

Transportation 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 contact the MPO Director.

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Click to View TIP Amendments

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Chippewa-Eau Claire Urbanized Area

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.

Document Download Links

Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Area - 2045

(File Size: 124 MB)

Appendices A-H, & J

(File Size: 14 MB)

Appendix I: Community Crash Reports

(File Size: 10 MB)

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Metropolitan Bicycle & 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 in pdf format by clicking the cover image to the left. 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:,

715-836-2918 Ext.18.

MPO Summary Report

This report reviews projects and programs the MPO worked on during the calendar year.

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MPO Traffic Safety Report

This report explores existing traffic safety conditions in the Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Area.

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MPO Quarterly Newsletter

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.

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