Volume 12, Issue 1 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. - Recently signed legislation allocates funding for freight safety programs and infrastructure grants for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). In total, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will receive $86.2 billion.

The Federal Highway Administration will receive $49.3 billion; the Federal Aviation Administration will get $17.6 billion; Federal Transit Administration - $12.9 billion; the Federal Railroad Administration - $2.8 billion; and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - $989 million.

Included in the legislation is $1 billion for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants and $679 million for the Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Additionally, $1 million will go to the Office of the Transportation Secretary to study effective ways to evaluate transportation system resiliency.  Bridges in poor condition across the United States will receive $1.15 billion for repair and replacement work. 

Urban rail operators will receive hundreds of millions of dollars for work on various projects, including $300 million for Los Angeles' Regional Connector and two Westside rail connections; $150 million for Massachusetts' Cambridge-Bedford Green Line; and $120 million for Washington, D.C.'s new Purple Line.

Also, shortline railroads will receive a five-year extension of a tax credit that allows deductions of truck maintenance costs. These railroads have also been granted a pilot program for low-interest loans from USDOT.
Virginia Railway Express
Virginia - The state of Virginia announced a rail agreement through which they will invest $3.7 billion into the state's rail lines. The goal is to separate passenger and freight operations along the corridor from Richmond to Washington, D.C.

The state will finalize details of the agreement with execution planned to begin in the second half of 2020.

Projects include building a new Long Bridge across the Potomac River that features tracks dedicated to passenger and commuter rail, acquiring more than 350 miles of railroad right-of-way as well as 225 miles of track, and improving 37 miles of track, including a Franconia-Springfield bypass.

Funding for the Long Bridge may be possible through debt issuance and pay-as-you-go contributions by the Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Officials will seek federal, state, and regional partners to help fund the remaining projects.
Rendering of Hartford project area
Connecticut - The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is pausing the Interstate 84 Hartford Project, which addresses two miles of aging bridges between Flatbush Avenue and the I-91 interchange, to initiate a broader study of transportation opportunities in the Greater Hartford area.

Several initiatives are already underway, and these initiatives, including the estimated $5 billion I-84 Hartford Project, will be incorporated into the new study. The study will examine mobility opportunities for all modes of transportation in the area.
 
Considerations include expanding the CTfastrak bus network, enhancing railroad corridors, and improving pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.

Officials aim to improve transportation, reduce traffic congestion, and foster economic development. Planners estimate the study could take up to three years to complete at a cost of $3 million to $5 million.
Proposed Route 30
Arizona - The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) completed its environmental study for the proposed Route 30 in southwest metro Phoenix. ADOT has been studying the route since 2005.

Route 30 is a proposed east-west highway that will extend 13 miles between the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway and Sarival Avenue in Goodyear. The approved alignment for the new road is approximately four miles south of and parallel to Interstate 10.

The project is included in the Maricopa Association of Governments' (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan, which has scheduled more than $500 million over the next few years for right-of-way acquisition and utility work along the Route 30 corridor.

Costs are estimated to be as high as $1.7 billion. The project will require relocation of about 130 residential homes and 13 businesses, and will have other environmental impacts.
Fargo road construction
North Dakota - Engineers in Fargo are proposing more than $1 billion in projects to improve the city's streets. Of the 12 streets in relatively poor condition, nine are located downtown. The total cost to make repairs includes underground utilities and other infrastructure. 

The top priority for officials is Seventh Avenue North, a busy east-west route on the north side of downtown. Over the next two years, the city plans to reconstruct the roadway at a cost of $5.5 million. Work will take place in two phases, the first of which is planned for 2020 between Broadway and Elm Street, and the second from Broadway to University Drive in 2021.

Other reconstruction efforts will include Main Avenue from Broadway to University Drive, which is expected to start in the spring, as well as 10th Street North from 19th Avenue to 28th Avenue; 21st Street South from Ninth Avenue to 13th Avenue; and Eighth Street South from Ninth Avenue to 13th Avenue. These projects include work to replace water mains, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewer lines, and sidewalks.

Funding for projects in 2020 includes $1.6 million for seal coating, $4.7 million for milling and overlays, and $1 million for repairs and patching.

Additionally, $36 million in flood control projects and $9 million in new residential development projects are planned.
Kendall Extension Study area map
Illinois - Metra initiated the Kendall Extension Study to examine the feasibility of extending a commuter rail line beyond Aurora. The study will consider new rail stations at Montgomery, Oswego, Yorkville, Plano, and Sandwich, and will evaluate station site options, environmental impacts, potential ridership, and costs.

The $7.5 million study is federally funded. Earlier this year, Metra's board of directors awarded a $4.7 million contract to an engineering firm to prepare conceptual designs for the rail extension.

Additionally, major funding has been secured for the project, as lawmakers this summer approved $100 million for the project through a new infrastructure bill. Officials plan to seek federal funding should the extension be approved.

The study will consider options for the five communities and develop engineering concepts at 30 percent level of design. In total, construction of the extension and new rail stations is estimated to cost between $400 million and $500 million.
Rendering of New Soo Lock
Michigan - Funding continues to flow to the planned New Soo Lock project after President Trump signed a spending bill December 20 that included $75.3 million for the $1 billion project.

Parallel locks at the Great Lakes facility are showing signs of age. In August, the only lock that can accommodate larger vessels closed twice for repairs.

The latest phase of the project to be advertised for bid is the rehabilitation of the approach walls upstream of the New Soo Lock. More than $16.5 million in funding capability has been identified in the fiscal year 2020 work plan for this section of the locks which is more than 100 years old.

Project scope for the upstream approach wall includes installation of 2,100 feet of 34-inch diameter SSP cells, 2,400 feet of SSP-faced wall, 800 feet of concrete-faced wall, and new mooring bollards and lighting. The work also will involve stabilization of 1,200 feet of existing wall.

The state of Michigan funded the design, which is currently in progress. The estimated performance period is 24 months.
The city of Rome, New York, is a 2019 water grant recipient.
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than $416 million in state water infrastructure grants through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program. The grants will fund projects that protect public health or improve water quality. 

More than $120 million will go toward 37 projects to address emerging contaminants on Long Island. 

Grants for qualifying projects will no longer be capped at $3 million, and eligible projects will include those that combat emerging contaminants such as Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanoic Sulfonate (PFOS). 

Water quality infrastructure projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties range in cost from $5 million up to more than $30 million. The grants are estimated to support $1.6 billion in project costs, contribute more than 20,000 jobs, and save localities more than $700 million.
Rendering of Sioux Falls wastewater treatment plant
South Dakota - Sioux Falls plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant in order to accommodate increased usage as a result of the city's growth.

Improvements will be made to primary, preliminary, secondary, and tertiary treatment, as well as to solids handling. Other site improvements will be made as well, including those that address the plant's age and condition.

In total, $159 million is needed for the project. The Sioux Falls City Council approved a $42 million loan to go toward work that will take place in 2020. Three more loans are expected to be borrowed annually through 2023, in the amounts of $18.5 million, $87.5 million, and $11.38 million, respectively.

In January or February of 2020, the city plans to issue a contract for a construction manager at risk (CMAR). Construction will follow later in the year and is expected to be finished in 2024.
Claiborne Pell Bridge ramps
Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is proposing changes to the Claiborne Pell Bridge's (Pell Bridge) approach ramps on its Newport side. Officials aim to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, increase traveler safety, reconnect neighborhoods currently segmented by existing infrastructure, and maximize land area for development purposes.

Reconstructing the approach ramps is estimated to cost $56 million. The project will involve consolidating and removing the existing ramps, reconnecting the JT Connell Highway, connecting JT Connell Highway and Third Street, adding pedestrian and bicycle routes along the rail corridor between Admiral Kalbfus Road and America's Cup Avenue, and adding a carpool and transit opportunity between Pell Bridge Interchange and Gateway Center.

Part of the plan includes adding "smart" traffic lights that combine traditional traffic lights with sensors and artificial intelligence. The signals will communicate with each other to efficiently and intelligently route vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic, and will employ fiber optic video receivers to make changes in real time.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed in 2024.
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Rendering of Franklin Square Station
Pennsylvania - The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) is preparing to open bidding in summer 2020 for a $30 million renovation project to reopen the Franklin Square Station in Philadelphia.

The reopening entails a new head house structure to be built above ground and the existing underground platform area to be renovated to serve passengers in the Philadelphia and south New Jersey area.

The station, which originally opened in 1936 has been closed since 1979, is in need of improvements to its civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. It also will receive accessibility upgrades.

Construction is scheduled to start in fall 2020 with completion by summer 2023. PATCO received a $12.6 million grant in November 2019 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund the project. The Delaware River Port Authority will finance the remainder.
Rendering of Lake Minnetonka park
Minnesota - Wayzata City Council on December 17 authorized city staff to solicit construction bids for the first phase of the Lake Effect project to build a new waterfront park on Lake Minnetonka.

Project plans feature converting a parking lot into a Lake Street Plaza park that can host public events and winter recreation. A permanent restroom will be located at the east end of the park and plaza .

The city's vision for the project also includes creating an Eco Park to support lake water quality and educational opportunities, constructing a boardwalk that will provide residents with direct access to the lake, extending the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, expanding a sidewalk, and upgrading pedestrian safety at a railroad crossing.

City officials estimated phase one of the project will cost $8.97 million. The first phase of the Lake Effect will be the renovation of Lake Street from Broadway Avenue to Barry Avenue. The second phase of the $20 million project will likely involve funding by a public-private partnership.
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is collecting feedback on rural transportation needs and opportunities via a request for information (RFI).

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the RFI as part of USDOT's Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative.

According to a USDOT press release, ROUTES will help the agency address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure to improve safety and economic competitiveness in all parts of the country.

The RFI seeks comments that illustrate rural communities' needs and experiences with transportation infrastructure, including its condition, its effect on safety, and how its use affects the community. For the RFI, transportation includes road, rail, transit, aviation, maritime, pipelines, and other forms of transportation. Infrastructure includes all capital investment in transportation such as structures and equipment.

Comments may be submitted and viewed at www.regulations.gov.
Rendering of proposed Wittman Airport terminal
Wisconsin - The Winnebago County Board recently approved a terminal project that has been in the planning stages for years at Wittman Regional Airport.

The new General Aviation (GA) facility will replace two existing structures located on 20th Avenue. It will consist of a single terminal that is more efficient and appropriately sized for the airport.

The single-story terminal will have a footprint of 12,500 square feet, and will provide space for flight services, administrative offices, meeting rooms, and rental car operations. Total construction costs are estimated at $6.8 million. Of the total, $1.8 million will be funded through grant assistance from the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, while the remaining $5 million will be funded by the county.

In addition to construction of the new terminal and improved access from 20th Avenue, the total costs include demolishing the existing facilities, performing site work, and paving a new parking lot.

Plans are expected to be finalized and submitted by early 2020. Airport officials said they are planning a bid opening for April and a construction start as early as May.
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE


Idaho - Gov. Brad Little appointed Patti Perkins as director of the Idaho Department of Finance, effective January 13. She will take over for acting director Mary Hughes. Perkins, owner of a workplace management solutions company, previously served as human resources director for the city of Meridian, Idaho, and vice president, human resources manager, and staffing manager for a multinational investment bank and financial services company.

Missouri - The city of Clayton board of aldermen selected David Gipson as city manager, effective February 3. He succeeds Craig Owens who accepted a position as city manager of Lawrence, Kansas, in May 2019. Gipson most recently served as city administrator for the city of Wentzville, Missouri, and assistant city manager for the city of Richmond Heights.

North Carolina - The University of North Carolina System named Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz as chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on December 13. Guskiewicz has served as the university's interim chancellor since February 2019 and prior to that appointment as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences. He succeeds Carol Folt who announced her resignation in January 2019 and later accepted a position as president of the University of Southern California.

Indiana - New Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) President Inez Evans announced five staffing additions and changes on December 23, 2019. Evan welcomed chief operating officers Aaron Vogel as vice president of operations and Bart Brown as vice president of finance. Jeff Brown was named vice president for human resources, and Michael Roth was selected as director of mobility services. Lesley Gordon will take over as director of partnerships and public relations.

Kansas - The city of Dodge City promoted Kelli Enlow to the position of manager at the Dodge City Regional Airport, effective January 1. She succeeds Corey Keller who served as the city's public works director and airport manager. Enlow previously served as the airport's utilities record technician.

Massachusetts - The board of directors at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) recently appointed Michael Meyran as the authority's port director. He had been serving as acting port director since his predecessor, Lisa Wieland, was promoted to chief executive officer in August 2019. Meyran previously served as deputy port director.
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