SIMPCO Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) proposed FY 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendments

The SIMPCO MPO Policy Board will be voting on the following TIP amendments at the upcoming meeting on March 7, 2019:

  1. The Streeter Drive Shared Use Path between River Drive and Bruneau Drive in North Sioux City needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $292,000 with $219,000 Federal participation (TAP) in FY 2019.
  2. South Dakota DOT Durable Pavement Marking project at various locations on the State System in the Mitchell Region needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $780,000 and $780,000 in Federal participation in FY 2019.
  3. The following language needs to be added to the FY 2019-2022 TIP:

Pavement and Bridge (PM II) 

Rather than setting its own pavement and bridge targets, the SIMPCO MPO has chosen to support the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota DOT’s pavement and bridge targets as submitted in the most recent baseline period performance report. The MPO supports those targets by reviewing and programming all Interstate and National Highway System projects within the MPO boundary that are included in the DOT’s Transportation Improvement Program.

Any Iowa DOT sponsored pavement and bridge projects within the MPO area were determined in alignment with the Iowa Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) and the pavement and bridge performance measures. The TAMP connects Iowa in Motion 2045 and system/modal plans to Iowa DOT’s Five-Year Program and the STIP. Iowa in Motion 2045 defines a vision for the transportation system over the next 20 years, while the Five-Year Program and STIP identify specific investments over the next four to five years. The TAMP has a 10-year planning horizon and helps ensure that investments in the Five-Year Program and STIP are consistent with Iowa DOT’s longer-term vision. Starting in 2019, the TAMP will also integrate the pavement and bridge performance targets.

The Iowa DOT conferred with numerous stakeholder groups, including the (insert MPO name) and local owners of NHS assets, as part of its target setting process. The methodology used to set targets used current and historical data on condition and funding to forecast future condition. Asset management focuses on performing the right treatment at the right time to optimize investments and outcomes. Management systems are utilized to predict bridge and pavement needs and help determine the amount of funding needed for stewardship of the system. The TAMP discusses the major investment categories that the Commission allocates funding through. Once the Commission approves the funding for these categories, Iowa DOT recommends the allocation of the funds to specific projects using the processes described in the TAMP. Pavement and bridge projects are programmed to help meet the desired program outcomes documented in the TAMP.

System and Freight Reliability (PM III) – 

Rather than setting its own system and freight reliability targets, the SIMPCO MPO has chosen to support the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota DOT’s system and freight reliability targets as submitted in the most recent baseline period performance report. The MPO supports those targets by reviewing and programming all Interstate and National Highway System projects within the MPO boundary that are included in the DOT’s Transportation Improvement Program.

The Iowa DOT conferred with numerous stakeholder groups, including the SIMPCO MPO as part of its target setting process. Variability within the existing travel time dataset was used to forecast future condition. Projects focused on improving pavement and bridge condition also often help improve system reliability and freight movement. Additional projects focused specifically on improving these areas of system performance are developed in alignment with the target-setting process for related performance measures, and the freight improvement strategies and freight investment plan included in the State Freight Plan. This plan includes a detailed analysis and prioritization of freight bottlenecks, which are locations that should be considered for further study and possibly for future improvements. The process also involved extensive input from State, MPO, RPA, and industry representatives. State projects identified in the freight investment plan and programmed in the STIP were highly-ranked freight bottlenecks.

The MPO TIP is a four year listing of transportation projects which are funded with Federal or State funds within the urban area of the Sioux City metro including Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff in Iowa; North Sioux City and Dakota Dunes in South Dakota; South Sioux City and Dakota City in Nebraska.  The Sioux City metro area also includes portions of Woodbury & Plymouth counties in Iowa; Union County, South Dakota; and Dakota County, Nebraska.   To view the FY 2019-2022 TIP, click here.    With Amendments: Transit and South Dakota projects

The meeting will be held on March 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm at SIMPCO, 1122 Pierce Street, Sioux City.   The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) MPO Policy Board meetings are open to all individuals.  Any person with special needs requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in a Policy Board meeting should contact the SIMPCO office at 712-279-6286 at least two (2) business days prior to the Policy Board meeting.

Questions or comments on the proposed TIP amendments should be directed to Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director  712-279-6286

 

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