General Discussion on Priorities and Values
There's a good bit of discussion about evaluation criteria, and the policies and values that might inform them. Funding parts of a Third Bridge is being considered. Because of the dollar value, it potentially dominates everything.
|This casts a long shadow over everything|
September 2014 Oversight Team Presentation
With over $14 million in federal funds to program, there are several policy questions that should be discussed prior to selecting projects for the draft SKATS FY 2018-2023 TIP....I don't know what is the best frame for advocacy on this.
2. Should an amount be set aside to partially fund a large and expensive regional project?
The SKATS RTSP contains a number of large and expensive projects that are difficult to program relative to the limited funds received by SKATS. There are six projects between $5-10 million, and five over $10 million. These include a new interchange at OR22 at Cordon Rd., upgrading McGilchrist St., widening Cordon Rd., and several other projects. The FHWA record of decision (ROD) for the Salem River Crossing Final EIS is expected to be completed in 2017, and there has been discussion about setting aside some of SKATS's federal funds for an initial phase of the project.
Large projects such as these require a substantial amount of funding and many years to complete. With $14 million available over the next five years, now might be the time to set aside some of those funds to go toward a large project. Another option is to also set-aside an amount in the illustrative years of the plan (FY 2022 and 2023), when another $5 million could be available (although those years are beyond the current federal act (FAST Act)). Either approach might also be a strategy for leveraging future competitive state and federal funds such as a federal TIGER grant.
The implications, risks, and challenges of doing a large set-aside include:
a. It leaves fewer funds for Complete Street projects, ITS, transit projects, intersection improvements, etc.
b. If a project is only partly funded using SKATS funds with the intention to leverage a state/federal grant, there is the risk of not getting a grant and therefore having the SKATS funds either sit idle or not be used efficiently.
c. Competitive federal and state grants are more often provided to projects that have significant local match.
d. It should be kept in mind that federally mandated performance measures in the near future will require projects in the SKATS TIP go toward meeting targets for safety and system performance as noted on page 2.
e. For a project associated with the River Crossing, one concern would be identifying what the initial project would be and which jurisdiction(s) would provide the match. In order to include a project in the adopted TIP, it must have a description of the project and a source of match. (Note: funds that SKATS identifies for the 2022 and 2023 illustrative years would not be added to the FY 2018-2021 Statewide TIP, so don't require as much detail.)
Staff recommendation - A discussion is needed by the Policy Committee and TAC about this option.
Risk a) alone seems like it should be sufficient: a large set-aside "leaves fewer funds for Complete Street projects, ITS, transit projects, intersection improvements, etc." As we've mentioned before, funding a Third Bridge sucks all the air out of the room. It's not just the absolute cost, which would be considerable; there is also the opportunity cost, what valuable, and generally more cost-effective, projects we have to defer or delete because the funding is instead going to a giant bridge and highway. If we build a giant bridge and highway, we will be doing fewer other things.
In setting the context for decisions about that 2018-2023 cycle, in the review of past projects, I was happy to see a new pie chart.
The 24% wedge for "planning" is mostly funding for the Salem River Crossing project, so it's a little misleading to allow readers to suppose that it represents planning in general or planning distributed equitably across a range or project concepts. It's urban highway planning. That's a few millions that might more usefully have been spent on neighborhood sidewalks or improved crosswalks.
Preliminary Ranking of 31 Projects for $14 Million
At the last meeting the committee scored and ranked the candidate projects (see here for more detail on the individual projects).
By the end of April, local jurisdictions submitted a total of 31 preapplications with requests totaling over $38 million for consideration for federal funding [$14 million actually available] in the SKATS FY 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)....After the May TAC meeting, TAC members provided priorities ("High," "Medium," and "Low") for each project relative to the transportation system needs. The projects are listed in order of the combined score of those relative priority rankings.Here are the rankings:
Full applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on July 29, 2016.
- Center Street Bridge Seismic Retrofit Study ODOT/Salem
- 12th Street SE: Hoyt St. SE to Fairview Ave. SE Salem
- River Road N. Traffic Signal Interconnect- Keizer/Salem
- Cordon/Kuebler Traffic Signal Interconnect Salem
- Silverton @ Hollywood Traffic Signal & Tum Lane Marion County
- Union Street NE Family Friendly Bikeway Salem
- 45th Av : Silverton Rd to Ward Dr E Side Urban Upgrade Marion County
- Transit ITS Replacement and Upgrade SAM TD
- Fixed Route Transit Bus Replacements SAM TD
- Hilfiker Ln SE at Commercial St SE Intersection and Signal Upgrade Salem
- McGilchrist Street SE - Complete Streets Project Salem
- Lancaster @ Hayesville Traffic Signal & Tum Lanes Marion County
- Kuebler/Cordon Corridor Study and Management Plan Marion County
- Center St: Lancaster to 45th Av NE Upgrade Marion County
- Keizer Growth Transportation Impacts Study Keizer
- Oregon Household Travel and Activity Survey for the SKATS area SKATS
- Orchard Heights Road NW Pedestrian Improvements Salem
- Lancaster Or: Auburn to Center Urban Reconstruction. Marion County
- Lancaster Dr: Winema Signal and Realignment Marion County
- Connecticut Av: Macleay to Rickey W Side Bike/Ped Marion County
- Cordon Rd @ Herrin Rd Turn Refuge Marion County
- Verda Lane Bike/Ped improvements Keizer
- Wheatland Rd Bike and Ped Separation Design Keizer
- Brush College Road NW - Safe Routes to School Salem
- 25th Street SE Multi-Use Path Salem
- Liberty Street NE Bridge Over Mill Creek Salem
- Hollywood Or: Silverton Rd to Salem CL Urban Upgrade Marlon County
- Turner Road Downtown Upgrade Turner
- Sidewalk Reconstruction - Salem Northeast Neighborhood Salem
- Cordon @ Auburn Rd Traffic Signal and Turn lanes Marion County
- Lancaster@ Cooley Traffic Signal Marlon County
But there's only $14 million available for $38 million of requests. Not everything will be funded. And if we fund part of a Third Bridge, that leaves even less funding for this list of projects.
|Abbotsford, BC draft Official Community Plan|
(See Chapt 3 for more on this policy)
|The current goals and evaluation criteria|
|Look for the historic sign|
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SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 14th at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Bar Andaluz and Table Five 08.