Volume 11, Issue 43 - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc. 

How frightening is it to imagine a day without adequate water supply? Or, a time when drinking water is no longer safe?

Although adequate water is not an immediate threat in the U.S., water resources are becoming scarce in too many regions. The luxury of clean, safe drinking water is a greater immediate threat.
Water issues are numerous. We are literally losing thousands of gallons of water every day because of defective water pipes - many of which are decades beyond their life expectancy. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) most recent Infrastructure Report Card, a water main breaks every two minutes in the United States.

In Nashville, more than half of the city's water pipes are over 40 years old and the city needs $400 million to provide upgrades to its central wastewater treatment plant and 150 miles of sewer main. Because funding is not available, city leaders have called for a vote in November to allow Metro Water Services (MWS) to raise water rates. The revenue that can be raised will allow some projects to be launched, but the overall revenue shortfall needed for critical projects is $1.4 billion. Nashville's situation is so serious a federal court order hangs over the city and action must be taken.

The city of Erie will commission an appraisal of its water system because changes must be made. The city has a lease with the Erie Water Works through 2050 and pays millions annually for upgrades, but that is not enough. Multimillion-dollar upgrades have been needed since the early 1990s, so now city leaders must decide whether to buy out the existing contract, negotiate a new lease, or seek other proposals for water system upgrades. Whatever decision is made, the cost will be high.

AirTrain LaGuardia rendering
New York - Board members at the New York-New Jersey Port Authority approved $4.5 billion in funding on October 25 to rebuild existing airport facilities and build new infrastructure for AirTrain LaGuardia (LGA) and a new AirTrain Newark.

The Port Authority board authorized $2.05 billion to develop AirTrain LGA to connect LaGuardia Airport to a new rail station at Willets Point, which will provide faster 30-minute Long Island Railroad (LIRR) service to and from midtown Manhattan. The AirTrain LGA project would be delivered using a design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) project delivery.
Board members also approved $2.05 billion to build a new AirTrain Newark to serve Newark Liberty International Airport. The new line would replace the existing 3-mile monorail system built in 1996. Various delivery options will be considered, including a DBOM contract. Future board approvals will be needed to award the final design and construction of the system and supporting infrastructure, and to operate and maintain the system. Final design and construction of the new AirTrain is targeted for 2021.

The authority also moved forward on the future replacement of Terminal B at Newark Liberty by authorizing $35 million for vision and master planning initiatives for a Terminal Two project. Terminal B, which opened in 1973, already exceeds capacity for the number of passengers it can handle. The future development of a new Terminal Two will require a comprehensive assessment of the infrastructure and facilities needed to accommodate long-term passenger growth.

Board members also approved $445 million to fund early work items to facilitate the development of the $13 billion JFK Redevelopment Program. The funds will pay for the demolition of three obsolete buildings, the relocation of one airline's employee parking, and reconstruction of new aircraft hardstand parking and repaving of the former Building 80 site to provide for new aircraft hardstand parking. In addition, the funding will cover construction management services, program management services, and master planning work.
West Shore Interchange rendering
Florida - The state of Florida will pay $1.4 billion to rebuild Tampa Bay's West Shore interchange, a project that will increase the size of the connection between Howard Frankland Bridge, Interstate 275, Tampa International Airport, and the Veterans Expressway.

Officials have designated the new interchange as a top priority in the region, as it will include more capacity and redesigned exits for the approximately 150,000 vehicles that travel through the connection each day.

The project will add two toll lanes in each direction as well as general purpose lanes. North of the Howard Frankland Bridge, both northbound and southbound routes will have three lanes instead of two.

One of the biggest changes will involve connecting travelers from Pinellas County to the airport and the Veterans Expressway. One lane currently carries all of this traffic, but once the interchange is complete, there will be one toll lane and two general purposes lanes to choose from.

Additionally, the existing loop ramp connecting State Road 60 to I-275 northbound will be replaced by a dedicated ramp above the interstate.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023 and take four to five years to complete.
Kent Infirmary at Quincy Veterans' Home
Illinois - The state's Capital Development Board (CDB) and Department of Veterans' Affairs will host a vendor forum on November 4 for the design and construction of a new veterans home. The forum will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Quincy Veteran's Home.

As part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the state is investing $230 million in the Quincy Veterans' Home, the oldest and largest veterans home in the state. It currently provides housing for 315 veterans.

The vendor forum will include a formal presentation where site plans, demolition, utilities, renovations, new construction, and the design-build process will be discussed. Attendees will receive information on the prequalification and registration requirements.

A networking expo will follow the formal presentation, where contractors, architects, and engineers interested in leading a design-build team will be hosting booths to connect with potential partners. Following the forum, the CDB will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for design and construction of the new veterans home.
Park at Penn's Landing rendering
Pennsylvania - The $225 million Park at Penn's Landing project in Philadelphia has entered its final design phase after the park partnership secured funding and completed preliminary engineering.

The partnership, which includes the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. (DRWC), plans to start construction in 2021 with the park opening in 2024.

A 6-mile stretch along the Delaware River is envisioned as a hub for recreational, cultural, and commercial activity and as a catalyst for additional waterfront development. The park will feature an extension of the South Street Pedestrian Bridge, reconstruction and expansion of a bridge over Interstate 95, and a portion of the Delaware River Trail.

A new design was released at a public meeting and open house last week that launched a public survey to gather input on the park's aesthetics and uses.

PennDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, and two foundations will provide funding. The city will contribute $90 million to the project.
Interstate 70
Colorado - Two years ago, more than $1 billion was approved for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for road projects. Now, the agency is requesting $400 million from Senate Bill 17-267 (SB 267) to help fund five major projects set to begin over the next few years.

The Floyd Hill stretch of Interstate 70 is a main east-west freight corridor and is often heavily congested by weekend travelers. An estimated $600 million is needed to overhaul the stretch, including adding a lane and a new tunnel. CDOT is requesting $100 million from SB 267 and also is considering ideas to reduce project scope. 

A 9-mile portion of I-270 on the north side of downtown Denver is in very poor condition, including its bridges. CDOT plans to completely rebuild the stretch and add a toll lane. It's estimated that $450 million will be needed, including $200 million from SB 267. 

The three other projects include a total of $90 million to help rebuild I-25 through Denver, $25 million to make safety improvements to Federal Boulevard, and $24 million to fix pavement and add a lane to an eastbound stretch of I-70 in Summit County.
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Rendering of new Meadowlands mall
New Jersey - New Jersey Transit is seeking ideas for a new mode of transit to a mall and entertainment complex in Meadowlands.

NJ Transit's "innovation challenge" seeks ideas on how to solve traffic congestion surrounding the shopping center. Transit alternatives can include a monorail, aerial gondolas, or a magnetically levitated train. Officials will work with private-equity and construction firms and will explore options to cover the seven miles between the mall and Secaucus Junction.

However, the state does not wish to pay for construction, and instead hopes private firms will fund most or all of the project in return for regular payments after completion.

The mall, a 3 million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex, hopes to attract up to 40 million people within its first year of opening, which means its new transit link will need to move up to 20,000 people per hour. Additionally, 17,000 employees will need a way to and from the mall.

New Jersey's transportation commissioner says the state is looking for an autonomous transit method similar to Vancouver's SkyTrain or monorails found at amusement parks.

The competition will formally launch on November 7 at MetLife Stadium, where interested parties can register for the challenge.
Virginia Interstate 81
Virginia - The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently approved 31 projects for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program (CIP) that include truck climbing lanes, lane widening, and extending acceleration and deceleration lanes.

According to an October 17 press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the improvements were approved for the six-year improvement program based on cost, benefits, and construction readiness. VDOT estimates the projects will decrease traffic crashes and reduce delays by about 6 million hours per year.

Maintenance of traffic is also a factor for project delivery. Industry representatives will provide feedback regarding project delivery time frames, and schedules may change based on industry collaboration and financing options.

The board also approved $18.9 million for the I-395/95 Commuter Choice Program that includes 10 multimodal projects chosen by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). The money will go toward new bus services, transit incentives, and other initiatives.

Additionally, the board awarded a $5.7 million contract to replace Route 207's bridge over the Mattaponi River in Caroline County. The bridge, which is structurally deficient, is a vital freight connection between I-95 and U.S. Route 301. Summer 2021 is the project's anticipated completion date.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
North Carolina - The New Hanover Board of Commissioners has formed an advisory group to help guide the sale of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

The Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) will be responsible for outlining priorities for the hospital's request for proposals (RFP), selecting at least five health systems that will receive the RFP, evaluating proposals, and examining options for maintaining county ownership.

It will take at least one year for the PAG to define clear goals and complete the process. However, the RFP is one of the group's first priorities and is expected to be completed in December. The RFP would be distributed nationwide, and interested parties would have 60 days to submit proposals, which would then be shared with the community and be opened for public comment.

Should NHRMC sell, all proceeds would be given to New Hanover County.
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New York - The Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) is getting funding for 63 projects to rebuild and improve the infrastructure along Lake Ontario's shoreline.

The projects address immediate and long-term needs, enhance economic development, protect critical infrastructure, incorporate natural features, and will help rebuild and enhance communities.

Projects cover a range of at-risk assets. These include shoreline stabilization, public health and safety, water and wastewater infrastructure, marinas and harbors, and land loss/value. 

New York also announced a $15 million regional dredging effort for safe channels along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Local communities are responsible for determining priorities, and there will be a 5 percent local match of state funding.
For a final determination, each project will require multi-jurisdictional permit reviews and associated environmental reviews.
Colorado - The Denver City Council will likely refer a public broadband initiative to the November 2020 ballot, as proponents seek to make broadband access available to all residents. Some residents, particularly those in lower-income areas, are still without internet access, a connection that is considered a modern necessity.

In 2005, Colorado passed Senate Bill 152, which prohibited local governments from competing with the private sector, however the law's opt-out clause allows the people to vote to opt out of the law. To date, 102 towns and municipalities, along with 40 counties, have opted out.

By opting out of the state law, Denver could negotiate with broadband providers to make low-cost programs available.

If the initiative passes, Denver could explore municipal broadband options such as a city-run network or a public-private partnership.
Medfield State Hospital Complex
Massachusetts - The town of Medfield will host a special town meeting on November 18 to determine rezoning of the Medfield State Hospital (MSH), a former psychiatric hospital complex established in 1892.

The town purchased the hospital in 2014 from the commonwealth of Massachusetts, which closed the facility in 2003. The hospital grounds, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, comprise 128 acres and more than 30 buildings.

Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee members developed a MSH Strategic Reuse Master Plan that includes designation of 76 acres for open space that allows for agriculture. It also presents the idea to reuse Lee Chapel in the center of the campus as a cultural center.

The plan also calls for possible development of the area south of Hospital Road for a publicly owned and operated parks and recreation facility, historic rehabilitation of 28 buildings and selective infill new construction to create a mixed-use development with a variety of housing types, including senior housing with continuing care and affordable housing for persons of all ages, along with commercial spaces for restaurants, small businesses, offices, services and an inn with meeting and gathering spaces.

Medfield's reuse plan also calls for redevelopment and new construction spanning 661,000 square feet of building space amongst 44 existing and new buildings north of Hospital Road.

Consultants estimated it will cost $225 million to renovate the buildings and infrastructure. Demolition costs are projected at $25 million.

Based on a timeline presented earlier this month, if rezoning is approved in November, a request for proposals would be issued by summer 2020 followed by developer selection and zoning disposition in fall 2020.
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Delaware - Gov. John Carney announced his intent on October 24 to nominate Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to serve as associate justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. She will replace Justice Collins Seitz who the governor intends to nominate as chief justice of the court. Montgomery-Reeves is currently the court's vice chancellor. She previously was a corporate governance and business litigation attorney.

Nebraska - The board of regents at the University of Nebraska (NU) nominated Ret. U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Walter "Ted" Carter Jr. as the university's next president October 25. He will take over for Dr. Susan Fritz who has served as interim president since President Emeritus Hank Bounds resigned in August. Carter is the immediate past superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former president of the U.S. Naval War College. After a 30-day period, the NU board may vote on his appointment as president-elect.

Oregon - City of Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis appointed Sarah Medary as city manager pro tem, or acting city manager. She succeeds former City Manager Jon Ruiz who retired on October 18. Medary currently serves as Eugene's executive director of public works. She previously served as the city's assistant city manager and executive director of the planning and development department.

North Carolina - Brunswick County board of commissioners named Randell Woodruff as the new county manager. He will take over for County Manager Ann Hardy who will retire November 1. Woodruff previously served as the manager of Pender County, North Carolina.

New York - Albany County named Phil Calderone as the new chief executive officer of the Albany County Airport Authority. He will take over for the retiring John O'Donnell in November. Calderone currently serves as the county's deputy executive. 

Utah - Following a reorganization of its transportation and transit programs, Park City hired Alfred Knotts as its new transit manager. Knotts most recently served as the city's transportation planning manager before the restructure.
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