Public Meetings


S/WMPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting - The upcoming meeting of the TAC will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, commencing at 10:30 AM. The meeting will be held in Room 306 of the Government Office Building located at 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD.

S/WMPO Council Meeting The upcoming meeting of the S/WMPO Council is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017, commencing at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers (Room 301), of the Government Office Building located at 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD. Click here to view agenda.

The public is encouraged to attend these open meetings to learn about transportation planning activities occurring in the region. Information about upcoming meeting dates, as well as meeting materials are posted on the website. In addition, agendas and minutes from previous meetings are located under the Organizational Structure section. To receive an e-mail notification of upcoming meetings or events, contact Keith D. Hall, S/WMPO Administrator, at or via phone 410.548.4860.

Other Meetings

Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) - At this time, SHA District 1 has no public meetings scheduled. For information about any projects or improvements on State maintained roadways, contact SHA District 1 at 410.677.4050.

City of Salisbury The City of Salisbury's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings commence at 6:30 PM in Room 306 of the Government Office Building, 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21803. For more information, contact City of Salisbury Public Works 410.548.3170.

Core Planning Documents

Long Range Transportation Plan

Connect 2045

The S/WMPO Council unanimously adopted the update to the Organization's Long Range Transportation Plan, Connect 2045, on November 24, 2015. In addition, federal concurrence for Connect 2045 occurred on January 7, 2016. Connect 2045 will assist with guiding transportation improvements in the region over the next 30 years. This multimodal fiscally constrained plan was developed in conjunction with the Maryland and Delaware Departments of Transportation in accordance with applicable federal guidelines governing the development of transportation plans in Urbanized Areas. Click here to review Connect 2045.

Transportation Improvement Program

On March 22, 2017, the S/WMPO Council unanimously approved amendments to the Delaware portion of the TIP. Prior to action of the Council, the TAC reviewed proposed amendments at their January 12, 2017 meeting. At which time, the TAC unanimously approved a favorable recommendation to forward the amendments for Council consideration. A 15-day public comment period was instituted before action of the Council, which no public comments were received. In addition, Administrative Modifications to the Delaware portion of the TIP were processed on March 29, 2017, May 4, 2017, and May 22, 2017. Click here to review the current TIP.

Unified Planning Work Program

On April 13, 2017, the S/WMPO TAC will review the proposed FY 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Contingent upon a satisfactory review, the proposed FY 2018 UPWP will be forwarded to the S/WMPO Council for their consideration. Consistent with the Organization's Public Participation, a 15-day public comment period will be instituted before an official action is taken on the proposed budget. Click here to view the proposed FY 2018 UPWP.

On June 23, 2016, the S/WMPO Council unanimously adopted the FY 2017 UPWP. Click here to view the adopted FY 2017 UPWP.

Organizational Changes

On March 22, 2017, the S/WMPO Council approved the following proposed amendments to the Prospectus and Bylaws: 1) Add Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Air Quality as a voting member of the Technical Advisory Committee; and 2) increasing a quorum of the Technical Advisory Committee from 9 to 10 voting members. Click here to view the Organization's Bylaws and Prospectus.

In response to the revised Urbanized Area boundary for the S/WMPO, amendments to the Organization's Prospectus and Bylaws were unanimously adopted by the Council on November 24, 2015. Substantive amendments, include, but are not limited to increasing representation of voting members on the TAC and Council from jurisdictions and entities in Delaware, as well as establishing quorum(s) and modifying voting procedures.

On June 1, 2017, the S/WMPO Council will review and act on proposed amendments to the Organization's Prospectus and Bylaws. Prior to an official action of the Council, a 15-day public comment period will be instituted. Click here to view proposed amendments to the Prospectus and Bylaws. Public comments can be sent via e-mail, fax 410.548.4955, or snail mail Salisbury/Wicomico Metropolitan Planning Organization, PO Box 870, Salisbury, MD 21803

The S/WMPO Council unanimously adopted the modified Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) on November 24, 2015. The MPA was delineated using the existing Urbanized Area boundary, as well as the contiguous areas expected to be developed within the 30-year planning horizon of Connect 2045. The MPA represents the area of interest for the S/WMPO to conduct regional transportation planning activities and studies.

Other Business

Federal Highway Functional Classification System

In accordance with applicable Federal regulations, the Federal Highway Functional Classification System update occurs every 10 years. This is a collaborative regional transportation planning effort amongst Federal Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, counties, and cities. The classification system conveys a road segment's current capacity, speed, and relationship to existing land uses. Click here to review adopted updates.

Requests For Proposals
Long-Range Transportation Plan
Planning Studies
Unified Planning Work Program
Transportation Improvement Program

Each MPO has a policy board consisting of chief elected local officials and governmental entities representing different parts of the region served by a MPO.  The governing body of the S/WMPO is the Council.  As outlined in the Organization’s Prospectus and Bylaws, the Council consists of 12 voting members (9 Maryland and 3 Delaware).  The voting constituency of the Council includes representatives from the following governments and agencies: 

Wicomico County (3)    Sussex County (1)
City of Salisbury (2)  City of Seaford (1)
City of Fruitland (1)  Delaware Department of Transportation (1)
Town of Delmar (1)  
Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore (1)  
Maryland Department of Transportation (1)  

The Council meets quarterly to review and act of items of regional significance pertaining to transportation planning activities and studies within the S/WMPO Metropolitan Planning Area. The representatives governments and governmental entities are designated by each jurisdiction or agency.

Mins. & Agenda




The S/WMPO Council established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of technical representatives, including, planners and engineers to provide technical expertise and develop recommendation to assist the Council. Responsibilities of the TAC include reviewing and recommending revisions to the transportation planning activities and studies, data collection, forecasting and modeling, and the Core Work Programs (TIP, UPWP, and LRTP). The TAC consists of no more than 18 members from the following entities:

  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Department of Planning
  • Wicomico County Department of Public Works
  • City of Salisbury Public Works
  • City of Fruitland
  • Town of Delmar, MD and DE
  • Town of Hebron
  • Shore Transit
  • Delmarva Water Transport Advisory Committee
  • Salisbury/Wicomico Dept. of Planning, Zoning & Community Development
  • Salisbury/Wicomico Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Salisbury University
  • Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Delaware Transit Corporation
  • Sussex County Planning Department
  • Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination
  • Delaware municipality (Laurel, Blades, Seaford rotating appointment every two-years)
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Air Quality
  • Ex-Officio
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Maryland Transit Administration

Mins. & Agenda


The S/W MPO staff consists of personnel from the Salisbury-Wicomico Department of Planning, Zoning & Community Development. The Staff manages the operations of the MPO as directed by the Council and recommendations of the TAC, and coordinates all planning projects and activities identified by the Council. The Staff also acts as a local liasion to the State and Federal agencies involved in transportation planning within the MPO.

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