Volume 12, Issue 43 - Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Indiana DOT to widen Interstate 465 at cost of $337.8M
Indiana – A planned $337.8 million widening of Interstate 465 will add travel lanes from the White River Bridge to Fall Creek near Indianapolis.

I-465 will be widened to four mainlane travel lanes in each direction and realigned to the north through the Interstate 69 interchange. Auxiliary and ramp lanes will be added as needed.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (IDOT) selected a preferred alternative that maintains all existing movements in the area of I-465, I-69, and Binford Boulevard as well as at I-69 and 82nd Street. The alternative also separates interstate traffic from local traffic, modifies southbound I-69 to southbound Binford, reconstructs southbound I-69 to the southbound I-465 ramp, and adds a cul-de-sac at Castleton Road.

IDOT expects to award a contract in fall 2021 and begin construction in late 2021 or early 2022. Completion of all activities is anticipated in late 2025.
Albuquerque assessing soccer stadium feasibility
New Mexico – The city of Albuquerque will conduct a feasibility study for a new multi-purpose soccer stadium.

The vision for the project is a 10,500- to 15,000-seat multipurpose stadium with a natural grass field designed for professional soccer. The project may include an art/cultural center that could house exhibits, cultural and community events, or commercial/retail space and housing.

Phase 1 of the analysis will involve the evaluation of potential sites for the stadium and execution of a preliminary economic feasibility. The second phase will focus on site feasibility and economic impact. The third phase will include site due diligence and concept design.

Albuquerque leaders secured state capital funds to conduct the initial feasibility analysis, economic impact, and further due diligence analysis to determine the best overall locations. The multipurpose stadium will be used for many sporting events and by the New Mexico United professional soccer team currently playing in the United Soccer League.

The study should be completed 100 days after the city selects a firm to conduct the study.
California Fish & Wildlife issues RFI for license data system
California – The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information about the ongoing enhancement of its current Automated License Data System (ALDS) application and operational support for services.

To effectively manage California’s widespread wildlife resources while being responsive to the needs of the various constituencies that benefit from their continued well-being, the CDFW developed and implemented the ALDS to facilitate and manage permissive use through the sale of licenses and permits.

The ALDS is an enterprise system that automates a variety of functions including managing customers, agents, catalog, inventory, controlled hunts, limited entry fisheries, and other functions. It is the largest, most complex, and robust commercial, environmental, and recreational licensing system in the U.S. and Canada.

ALDS electronically links point-of-sale (POS) terminals at CDFW regional sales offices and approximately 1,300 retail license agent locations throughout the state and in bordering states. It provides additional license sales channels including Internet sales and 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone service. ALDS processes $125 million in license sales revenue each year.

According to CDFW, the expected useful life of the ALDS application is another 10-plus years; the underlying server database should be useful for decades to come, assuming standard hardware and software upgrades.

Request for information (RFI) submissions are due by 3 p.m. PDT on October 30. Selected vendors will be invited to participate in vendor demonstration day presentations November 11 and 12.
Memphis to upgrade Maxson Wastewater Treatment Facility
Tennessee – The city of Memphis is planning several upgrades to the T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Facility to expand biological treatment capacity and improve processing of biosolids.

A $156 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help the facility achieve new federal permit requirements for effluent disinfection and overall reduction in treated total suspended solids and biological oxygen demand in the effluent.

The projects will significantly improve effluent water quality and loading to the Mississippi River, provide reliable, efficient biosolids treatment, enhance process efficiency and operability, and improve overall plant odor control.

WIFIA’s aim is to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental credit assistance for regionally and nationally significant projects.

The EPA is currently accepting letters of interest for FY 2020. Approximately $5 billion in financing is available.
USDOT division awards $220M for port infrastructure projects
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program awarded more than $220 million in grants to improve ports across the country on October 15.

These MARAD grants will be distributed to port facilities in 15 states.

Among the recipients are:
  • Alaska – City of Seward and Alaska Rail Corporation, $19.78 million for marine terminal freight dock and corridor improvements, including expansion of the existing dock by 375 feet; 
  • Ohio – Port of Conneaut, $19.53 million to help connect truck and rail freight to the port by constructing a dredge material facility, a 1.64-mile roadway from U.S. 20 to the port, and a new rail spur to connect the East Conneaut Industrial Park to the port; 
  • North Carolina – Port of Wilmington, $16.07 million to provide for a new container gate using optical character recognition and weigh-in motion sensors; and, 
  • Florida – Port of Palm Beach, $13.22 million to construct an intermodal container transfer facility on-dock. 

The Port Infrastructure Development Program provides planning, operational and capital financing, and project management assistance to improve ports’ capacity and efficiency.
Miami-Dade to solicit water, sewer customer system upgrade
Florida – The Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department released a draft scope of work for a future solicitation to upgrade its Customer Information System (CIS) and Customer Care and Billing (CCB) to the latest version.

The goal of the project is upgrading CCB to its latest stable version to remain up to date and under premier support while eliminating customizations as much as possible and taking advantage of new and enhanced functionality.

A holistic approach is to be taken to ensure that the entire suite of Oracle products that includes Mobile Workforce Management (MWM), Process Integration Pack (PIP), and Oracle Real-time Scheduler (ORS), is performing to its best ability.

The project’s first phase will:
  • Perform review of existing production systems; 
  • Upgrade CCB application to its latest version; 
  • Convert remaining Cobol customizations; 
  • Modify the Internet customer Self-service Application (SSA); 
  • Convert XML Application Integration (XAI) services to Inbound Web Services; 
  • Install and configure new complete staging environment (CCB/MWM/PIP/ORS) that mirrors production to be used for testing; 
  • Implement test cases by developing scripts in Oracle Utilities Testing Accelerator (UTA) tool; 
  • Update CCB dashboards and reports as required; 
  • Update data mappings used in Extract Load Transform (ELT) operations as required; and, 
  • Upgrade the operating system of the servers where CCB resides. 

Phase 2 involves archiving and performance tuning, and Phase 3 will focus on a functional upgrade to identify and implement new features.
Wisconsin distributes $129.7M in transportation funding
Wisconsin – More than 1,900 communities across Wisconsin received a total of $129.7 million in transportation funding payments from the state.

For 2020, local governments received more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects; a 10 percent increase over calendar year 2019 allocations.

The local assistance increase is part of more than $465 million in new funding for transportation projects included in the 2019-2020 state budget.

Milwaukee received $7.16 million in the latest GTA payment and another $455,889 in Connecting Highway Aid. The city of Madison will get $2.94 million for its transportation needs.

General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.
Former paper mill site eyed for mixed-use P3 redevelopment
Massachusetts – The city of Lawrence is applying for a federal brownfield grant as it envisions a public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop the site of a former paper mill gutted by several fires.

City officials took ownership of the 4.75-acre paper mill site from 2017-2019 through tax lien foreclosures. From 1866 until 2005, the property was home to a paper processing facility that produced as much as 125 tons of paper a week.

The site’s 18 buildings totaling more than 1 million square feet are vacant and in disrepair. Since closure, the property deteriorated rapidly until a 2014 fire destroyed most of the remaining building.

A new draft analysis by city consultants outlines a plan for the buildings to be demolished and the site to be remediated and redeveloped with residential and commercial mixed-use buildings as well as parking and a riverfront trail to support the adjoining Riverwalk along the Merrimack River.

Recent efforts to redevelop the site include securing a grant from the MassDevelopment Site Readiness Program to demolish the existing buildings and receiving $400,000 to remediate the eastern portion of the property to create a future connection between the Lawrence Rail Trail and the Merrimack River Trail.

The city coordinated environmental reports with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better understand the structural condition of the existing buildings, map the extent of hazardous building materials, and assess the site’s soils and groundwater to determine the risk to public health and evaluate cleanup alternatives.
Raleigh seeking approval for $80M affordable housing bond
North Carolina – Early voting has begun for the city of Raleigh’s $80 million affordable housing bond package that will culminate on Election Day, November 3.

The city plans to spend $28 million on public-private partnerships (P3s) of which $10 million would be directed to permanent supportive housing for very low income chronically homeless individuals. Another $10 million would support nonprofit partners in the creation or preservation of small-scale affordable housing projects. Raleigh would distribute $8 million for new rental development.

Bond approval would authorize $24 million for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Gap Financing. Twenty-five percent of units in 9 percent tax credit projects and 10 percent of units in 4 percent tax credit projects would be required to target 30 percent area median income (AMI) earners.

Raleigh would commit $16 million for transit-oriented site acquisition, $6 million for owner-occupied home rehabilitation, and $6 million for down payment assistance.
NY financial reporting bureau issues RFI for IT solution
New York – The New York State Office of the State Comptroller’s Bureau of Financial Reporting and Oil Spill Remediation is exploring the availability of an IT solution that will account for all contracts meeting the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 87 revised definition of a lease and provide the calculations and disclosures necessary to conform to the GASB 87 standard.

The bureau is responsible for preparation of the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as well as quarterly financial reports utilizing the modified accrual basis.

Through a request for information (RFI), submissions are due by 4 p.m. ET November 24.
Hillsboro Airport planning taxiway rehabilitation
Oregon – The Port of Portland is planning to solicit construction vendors in early 2021 to reconstruct nearly the full length of Taxiway A at Hillsboro Airport. Taxiways A6, A8, A9, and a section of Taxiway B are included in the project scope.

Improvements include full-depth reconstruction, pavement rehabilitation, and all associated electrical and storm drainage work.

Reconstruction will be performed in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and coordinated with Port of Portland Operations.

Estimated project cost is $13.6 million.
Des Moines transit authority seeks vanpool software information
Iowa – The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) issued a request for information (RFI) for vanpool software.

DART’s goal is to provide continuity to its Vanpool Program Department and increase the efficiency of its scheduled maintenance program as well as maintaining its customer contact profile.

The agency is seeking information from qualified firms to help it plan for a future vanpool system and/or software program. This system may be installed software or a hosted solution. Features and functionality desired shall be described in various “modules.”

DART is evaluating the need to update its current vanpool process. DART is seeking information on vanpool applications or software which will enable the agency to perform various functions related to the RideShare vanpool program including but not limited to fleet management and rider management, while maintaining and documenting its compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

RFI responses are due by 1 p.m. CDT November 9.
New Mexico – The city of Belen appointed Retired Brigadier Gen. Andrew Salas as its city manager. Salas most recently served as the special assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau for Diversity in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer for the Alamo Navajo School Board and served 38 years in the New Mexico National Guard.

Montana – The Montana State University (MSU) Chancellor Search Committee announced Stefani Hicswa as the sole finalist for the MSU Billings chancellor position. If approved, she will take over for interim chancellor Rolf Groseth who filled in after Dan Edelman resigned due to health concerns. Hicswa currently serves as president of Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

Kentucky – Former Lextran General Manager Carrie Butler was named as executive director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). She succeeded Ferdinand Risco Jr. who resigned in February. Before joining Lextran, Butler was director of planning for TARC.

California – The Port of Oakland selected Craig Simon as assistant director of aviation-operations at Oakland International Airport (OAK). Simon previously served as airport operations superintendent and aviation facilities manager. Before joining OAK, he held various positions at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Delaware – Gov. John Carney appointed Jason Clarke as acting chief information officer. Clarke took over for James Collins who accepted a position in the private sector. Clarke previously served as chief operating officer, chief of policy and communications, and team leader.

Ohio – The Jefferson County Port Authority board of directors named Robert Naylor as its executive director, effective November 1. He will succeed Evan Scurti who resigned as a staff member but will continue to work with the authority in a consulting role. Naylor is the chairman of the board of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
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