By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Listening sessions to gather information and help the Missouri Department of Transportation determine future priorities for the state transportation system are scheduled for April 3 in Kirksville and April 4 in Hannibal.
The public engagement effort, known as "On the Move," is part of MoDOT's process to update its long-range transportation plan. Over the next several months, MoDOT officials will seek direction from Missourians during the listening sessions, a mobile tour and virtual forums.
Paula Gough, the district engineer for MoDOT's Northeast District, will give short presentations at both sessions next week.
"The long-range planning process is something that we do periodically. It lets us talk with the users of the transportation system. We want to hear from the citizens of Missouri," Gough said.
The Kirksville session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Truman State University Student Union. Heidi Templeton, director of public relations for the university, will co-host the session.
Hannibal's session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Hannibal LaGrange University's Partee Center. Todd Ahrens, president and chief executive officer of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, will co-host the session.
Business leaders, local government officials and community organizations will participate in the meetings along with the general public.
Listening sessions will feature information about the existing transportation system and will offer participants a chance to provide their views during small-group discussions.
People who are unable to attend either session may comment on transportation needs at the Missouri On the Move web site at www.missourionthemove.org.