Good Afternoon. Thanks for joining us today. We’re Jason Lange and Sonya Pointer from East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG). We’ll be discussing the draft FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and related Air Quality Conformity Determination and Documentation (AQCD).
The public comment period is through July 6.
The draft FY 16-19 TIP has 649 projects at a cost of $1.7 billion. The previous TIP (FY 15-18) had 688 projects at a cost of $1.83 billion.
Some major projects in the Festus area include a new traffic signal at MO A at Pounds Rd, resurfacing I-55 between MO Z and the Ste. Genevieve County line, and construction of a third lane on northbound I-55 from MO Z to the north (connecting to existing 3 lane section).
Major projects in the four year program in St. Charles County include revisions to the I-70/MO K interchange /construct one-way outer roads in O’Fallon. Other major projects include revamping the interchange at I-70 and Fifth St to a diverging diamond interchange (similar to the one at Mid Rivers Mall Dr) as well as a new interchange at US 61 and Peine/MO P near Wentzville.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Metro, and Madison County Transit District submit their program of projects to us for inclusion in the TIP. Local Public Agencies may submit projects for funding consideration through East-West Gateway. These projects are evaluated and selecting using the same criteria regardless of the state of origin. These projects must be consistent with the principles of our Long Range Transportation Plan. As stated earlier, the proposed projects in the TIP must be financially constrained meaning funding must be available to construct the projects.
The improvements in the program have an impact on the distribution of freight in and through the region. Having well maintained roads/bridges are key to keeping freight moving. The TIP is focused on preserving the existing infrastructure as most of the projects (35.5%) focus on maintenance. Improvements such as a new MO 47 bridge in Washington, MLK bridge deck improvements, as well as improvements to the Poplar Street bridge will only serve to benefit freight. I’ll follow this answer with some of the major projects included in the TIP.
MoDOT’s program in the draft TIP (FY 16-19) has 95 projects at cost of $436.8 million. The previous program (FY 15-18) had 136 projects at a cost of $561.1 million. The proposed MoDOT program is almost $124 million less than last year and $345 million less than five years ago. As vehicles become more fuel efficient, fuel taxes have become a diminished revenue stream.
The transit program is $576.3 million out of $1.7 billion program. This includes Metro, Madison County Transit, local paratransit agencies, as well as the Loop Trolley Company. The vast majority of the funding is for maintaining the existing fleet/routes.
Several of the road/bridge rehabilitation projects in this TIP include the addition of sidewalks or improvement of existing sidewalks to meet American with Disability Act standards. A few projects that are dedicated strictly to bike/ped include the construction of a pedestrian bridge over I-64 on Chesterfield Parkway East, construction of a bicycle pedestrian bridge over MO 364 in St. Charles County to connect to the Katy Trail/Creve Coeur Park, and construction of a bicycle/pedestrian path connecting Troy Rd to Kyle Rd (Troy IL to O’Fallon IL). We encourage project sponsors to submit projects to us that accommodate all users of the roadway (cars, trucks, transit, bicycles, pedestrians).
The St. Louis region is in non-attainment for ozone and small particulate matter (PM 2.5). We include the proposed projects in a travel demand model. The Air Quality Conformity Determination demonstrates that the transportation programs and projects included in the TIP and long range transportation plan conform with the budgets set by the States of Missouri and Illinois.
Construction for the pedestrian bridge over I-64 is scheduled to begin in 2016, same with the MO 364 bike/ped bridge. The bicycle/pedestrian trail in Illinois is scheduled to begin in 2017.
Funding for local projects is based on competitive process. In the case of the CMAQ (congestion mitigation/air quality) the evaluation is based on emission reductions and costs. The bike share project did not compete well enough to receive funding from this program at this time.
Trailnet's did a report on bike share.