Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Dewayne Hellums, Metropolitan Planning Organization

Director of Transportation Planning:
Dewayne Hellums

Transportation / GIS Planner:
Chris Henson

Department Phone:
(256) 341-4716

Office Address:
402 Lee Street NE
Fifth Floor
Decatur, AL 35601

Mailing Address:
Decatur Area MPO
P.O. Box 488
Decatur, AL  35602

Office Hours:
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Monday – Friday


MPO Policy Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – 10:00 a.m.

Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

515 6th Ave NE Decatur, AL 3560


Streaming Link

Meeting Notice


Tennessee River Bridge Feasibility Study Documentation:

Tennessee River Bridge Feasibility Study, 04.08.24

Second Public Meeting August 31,2023

Response to Public Meeting Comments

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Spanish

Environmental Considerations

Alignment Selection Process

Existing Corridor Alignments

Alternative Corridor Alignments

Typical Street Layouts

Comment Card

First Public Meeting May 2, 2023

Response to Public Comments from May 2, 2023 Public Meeting

Fact Sheet

Comment Card

Fact Sheet Spanish

Comment Card Spanish

Feasibility Decision Matrix

Purpose Board

Transportation Planning

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) provides transportation planning services in the Decatur urbanized planning area. The MPO is comprised of the following committees:

  • MPO Policy Board – This board has the overall responsibility for the transportation process in the urbanized planning area. The MPO operates regionally with an agreement between the municipalities of Decatur, Hartselle , Priceville , and Trinity  as well as Morgan County , Limestone County , and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) .
  • Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) – The policy board receives input and advice from this committee. This committee consists of members who work in areas that are parallel to the technical orientation of transportation planning, such as land use planning, economic development or engineering.
  • Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – The policy board and technical coordinating committee receive input and advice from the CAC as it relates to the transportation issues in the designated planning area. This committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of the general public.

Services provided by the MPO:

  • Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – The LRTP is a document and a guide used to plan transportation improvements that will be needed in the planning area in the future to enhance the movement of people, goods and services.
    Final 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan .
  • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – The TIP is a short-range plan composed of a prioritized list of transportation projects developed from the LRTP.
    Final TIP 2024-2027 .
  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) – The UPWP represents the budget and work tasks necessary to accomplish and maintain the planning process within the planning area. Final 2023 UPWP .

Other services provided by the MPO include mapping, bicycle and pedestrian plans, enhancement project development, transit plans, congestion management studies, safety studies and travel demand studies.

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The Metropolitan Planning Organization provides transportation planning services to governing organizations within the region. The MPO works closely with the City of Decatur Planning Department.