|From "Narrowed List of Eligible CMAQ Projects"|
[ODOT member, Dan] Fricke announced that due to unanticipated concerns, ODOT intends to pause work on two construction projects related to Hwy. 22 and Doaks Ferry Rd. in order to monitor conditions in the area for another year. The additional data will help with the evaluation of slide conditions in that area. Financial considerations related to the projects were discussed. It is unknown at this point if there will be any financial issues, how they would be resolved if there are, or when. [italics added]
|From the Options Map, Summer 2015|
(comments in white added; this also is a little old,
and it might be superseded - but you get the idea)
|The Preferred Alternative is still in a liquefaction zone|
(via N3B, adapted from chapt 3.18 of the DEIS)
This delay on a smaller project is another data point and more evidence for skepticism about cost estimates on the SRC and is something to file away.
On the current agenda is the CMAQ bonus money! (The way these became available is complicated - basically we've been eligible for several years, but only now are getting an allocation. It was a little, maybe more than a little, contentious. They aren't really a "bonus," but as they arrive as somewhat unanticipated funds, from our perspective here they are a bonus source of funding.)
The addition of CMAQ funds for SKATS in FY 2019 to FY 2021 provides an opportunity to review projects in the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and add projects using federal STBGP-U funds that were not programmed in the TIP. Approximately $5 million will be available for projects for obligation in FY 2019 through 2021. Staff and TAC members need to discuss the project identification and application process that should start this summer.As "Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality" funds, these should mostly be walk/bike/bus projects, projects that reduce drive-alone trips, rather than auto capacity and speed projects that ultimately induce more trips. Taking cars off the road and improving other mobility, rather than speeding up the cars, should be the dominant paradigm for "congestion relief." We need to shift away from "paving" and "congestion reduction and traffic flow" projects as if they actually solved the problems of air quality and congestion. In the chart at top you can see that 19% of funds have gone to "paving" projects, and that sounds like slipping CMAQ funds into maintenance projects - plugging the gap on deferred maintenance. That's probably not the best use for this funding source.
Applications will be due sometime in September or October, depending on how quickly the MPO wants to move. There are two proposed schedules from which the MPO could select one.
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 11th, at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Andaluz Kitchen and Table Five 08.