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News Briefs: Monday March 21, 2011

Transportation plan unveiled

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program, a work plan outlining highway, transit and aeronautic projects.

Visit to review and comment on the tentative program, along with information about how to read the program document, and a special video message from ADOT Director John Halikowski. ADOT is asking for all public comments on the plan by June 3.

Two public hearings also are scheduled to help community members comment: 9 a.m. April 15 in the Arizona Department of Transportation Auditorium, 206 S. 17th Ave., Phoenix, and 9 a.m. May 20 in Flagstaff Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave.

The State Transportation Board will consider all public comments before adopting the final Five-Year Program, which is expected to occur on June 17.

BLM solar, wind policies online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Feb. 8, the Bureau of Land Management released three policy memoranda providing guidance on the evaluation, screening and processing of applications for utility scale wind and solar energy projects on BLM-administered lands.

These policies are now available for viewing or downloading from the Solar PEIS Web site at