Public Comment Opportunities
The public is invited to comment on the following open topic(s):
February 25, 2020
The Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) at their March 5 meeting was requested to approve Resolution 2020-01, programming CMAQ funds to two Lane County projects. One of those projects, Howard Elementary & Colin Kelly MS Traffic Congestion Mitigation (STIP Key 21168) includes a mid-block crossing element that may be deemed an ineligible use of CMAQ funds by the ODOT CMAQ approver, due to its significant safety benefits. ODOT’s position on eligibility for use of CMAQ funds in Oregon relies on the benefits of these projects being primarily to reduce congestion and improve air quality. Projects that result primarily in safety or other benefits, according to ODOT’s policy, should be delivered using other, non-CMAQ funds.
At the time of this memo, ODOT’s eligibility determination for the use of these funds is still pending. To reduce any delays in the event of the ineligibility of the mid-block crossing, Lane County proposes to exchange $65,000 of programmed CMAQ funds from this project with $65,000 of currently unprogrammed STBG-U funds which could be used to deliver the mid-block crossing element of this CMAQ project.
This amendment request is tentative, relying upon ODOT’s eligibility determination for the use of these CMAQ funds, and may be withdrawn before final action is to take place by MPC, in the event that the use is determined to be eligible. Should that be the case, no action will be required by MPC.
Comments will be accepted through March 25, 2020.
January 27, 2020
Lane County requests an amendment to the MTIP that would re-program CMAQ funds from canceled Lane County project into two existing Lane County projects.
The Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) previously approved the use of $1,581,186 of discretionary federal CMAQ funds for Lane County Yolanda Elementary and Briggs Middle Schools Traffic Congestion Mitigation project (STIP Key 21167). The project was canceled in October 2019 due to insufficient projected PM10 emissions benefits for the purposes of FHWA CMAQ monitoring.
Lane County proposes to reprogram a portion of the CMAQ funds from the canceled Yolanda project (Key 21167) into the following two Lane County projects, both of which have been previously approved by MPC for discretionary funding:
21385 - Gilham Road: Ayers Road to Mirror Pond Way
Description: Design and final construction of pavement, curb, gutter, storm water and sidewalk on Gilham Road between Ayres Road and Ashbury Dr, and sidewalk along westerly portion of Gilham Road between Ashbury Dr and Mirror Pond Wy.
Total Project Est.: $1,309,757.49 (STBG, CMAQ)
Increase Construction phase estimate by $539,564
New Total Project Est.: $1,849,321.58
21168 - Howard Elementary and Colin Kelly MS traffic congestion mitig
Description: Planning and Engineering for RRFB at Maxwell Road and N Park Avenue and for sidewalk infill on east side of N Park Avenue between Maxwell Road and Howard Avenue
Total Project Est.: $589,122.37 (STBG, CMAQ)
Increase Construction phase estimate by $216,339
New Total Project Est.: $805,461.37
At their January 15 meeting, Transportation Planning Committee (TPC) reviewed the proposed amendment and recommended a Public Hearing to be held at February 6 MPC. A 30-day public comment period will be open through February 27, 2020. Committee action will then be requested at March 5 MPC.
Metropolitan Policy Committee
Lane Council of Governments
Eugene, OR 97401
Contact MPO Program Manager at Lane Council of Governments Paul Thompson at 541-682-4283, or via email.