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11-07-1994Notice A M P Q LAS ;RUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNINGORGANIZATION TOWN OF MESILLA — CITY OF LAS CRUCES — DONA ANA COUNTY MPO-95-058 NOTICE: CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS Date: November 7, 1994 RE: 1995-96 Transportation Improvement Program and Unified Work Program December 1, 1994 marks the beginning of the work phase for the Fiscal Year 1995-1996 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified Work Program (UWP) document development process. The outcome of this process will be final draft copies of the two documents which will guide the MPO in a coordinated, continuing and comprehensive manner. A brief description of each document is attached for your information. Due to recent MPO activities and important upcoming agenda items, the document development process is scheduled for completion on April 12, 1995. The attached proposed time schedule outlines the steps that staff will take to complete the process. As a part of the MPO's commitment to public participation, the MPO will receive regional project recommendations from interested persons as called for by public notice published in the Las Cruces Sun News. A copy of the public notice is attached for your review. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify each respective committee member to begin thinking about the long-term transportation needs of the urban area. If a proposed project is to be included within the TIP, staff will need information concerning that project on or before January 15, 1995. Specific information needed includes a description of the project, (i.e. new construction, repaving, bike lanes) project location, proposed source of funding, cost of the project including right-of-way acquisition, engineering/design and construction cost, date project is scheduled for implementation (fiscal year) and the responsible agency. A contact person for further information would also be helpful. Copies of the approved 1993/94 TIP and UWP are available upon request. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Parks at 526-0620. mp enclosures cc: B. Denmark J. Ericson TAC and MPO members P.O. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 PHONE (505)/526-0620 t TIP & UWP DESCRIPTION TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) A six (6) year listing of transportation related projects. Projects include, but are not limited to roadway reconstruction, realignment, overlay, new construction, signalization, lighting, bridges and culverts, transit projects, aviation projects, rail and freight projects, landscaping, bicycle paths, & pedestrian facilities. UNIFIED WORK PROGRAM (UWP) The UWP is a document which provides overall guidance for MPO planning efforts. In order for the MPO to plan in a coordinated, continuing and comprehensive manner (3-C process), the UWP outlines all transportation planning activities to include transportation planning projects, transit planning projects, special projects and on-going transit and transportation planning activities. DEVELOPMENT OF PROPOSED TIP AND UWP FOR FY 1995-96 r MPOSED TIME SCHEDULE 1994 December 1 A) Begin soliciting requests for construction projects. MPO Staff will request proposed projects from the City of Las Cruces, Town of Mesilla, Dona Ana County, and the general public. (Legal Notices will be ran in the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin to notify the public of the TIP and UWP project submittal process.) B) All projects listed on the TIP must utilize state or federal funding. C) All new projects will be rated by MPO Staff then submitted to the appropriate governing body for concurrence/approval prior to further consideration. D) All projects must have preliminary and final designs, environmental, and ROW documents completed before construction. 1) All "new" projects must be design only. E) At a minimum, all projects must include the following: ** o Conformance to the Las Cruces MPO's Transportation Plan; The Transportation Plan was approved August 10, 1994. Copies are available at the City of Las Cruces Planning Office, 575 S. Alameda Boulevard, Rm# 124. o Type of Project; i.e. New Construction, Reconstruction, Traffic Signal, Bridge, Safety (formerly Railroad Crossing), Street Lighting, Transit, or Enhancement/Other. NOTE: ROW acquisition is no longer a separate category but, included with each project as necessary. o Project Name/Location; w/Begin-End point w/length of project in miles. o Estimated Cost of Project; include a breakdown of cost where applicable for design, archeological, ROW, construction, mitigation measures, etc. o Year Funding is requested; this determines placement into either AE or TIP. o Source(s) of Funds. o Number of Accidents and Number of Fatalities; at or within project area for previous year(s). o Lead Agency. 0 Name and phone number of contact person. DEVELOPMENT OF PROPOSED TIP AND UWP FOR FY 1995-96 r POSED TIME SCHEDULE o Environmental or special ROW concerns. F) Once projects are submitted, MPO staff will be responsible for rating each project and reporting the results to the TAC. The TAC will then make a recommendation to the Policy Committee for final approval. 1995 January 5 A) Review by Technical Advisory Committee. January 12 A) Preliminary review of Construction, Planning, and Transit Projects for upcoming fiscal year by MPO Policy Committee. This review will be for the list of projects submitted to the TAC. Additional projects may be added during the Policy Committee Meeting and only by MPO Policy Committee members after January 15, 1995. (Those projects submitted by MPO Policy Committee members should have formal support of the governmental board or agency that the MPO member represents.) January 15 A) DEADLINE FOR PROJECT SUBMITTAL FOR TAC AND THE PUBLIC. MPO Staff to begin rating process. February 2 A) Review and recommendation by Technical Advisory Committee if required by Policy Committee. February 8 A) Final review and action by MPO Policy Committee adopting the FY 1995- 96 TIP and UWP. March 1 A) Submittal of FY 1995-96 TIP and UWP to NMSHTD for review and transmittal to FHWA and FTA. **NOTE: The NMSHTD has informed MPO Staff that those projects in which design and ROW considerations have been prepared in advance are likely to be given more consideration when funding is programmed at the state level. Procedure for Review of Proposed Projects Any project to be submitted for possible inclusion to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) must adhere to the following: 1) Any agency having representation on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), governmental member of the Policy Committee, or general public may submit projects for consideration. 2) It is recommended that proposed projects have formal support of the board or agency being represented by the MPO member making the request before the request is made. 3) Projects can be submitted any time during and/or after the November TAC meeting each year. However, the FINAL DEADLINE (Policy Committee) for project submittal will coincide with January 15, 1995. No projects will be accepted after this date. 4) At a minimum, all projects must include the following: o Conformance to the Las Cruces MPO's Transportation Plan; The Transportation Plan was approved August 10, 1994. Copies are available at the City of Las Cruces Planning Office, 575 S. Alameda Boulevard, Rm# 124. o Type of project; i.e. New Construction, Reconstruction, Traffic Signal, Bridge, Safety (formerly Railroad Crossing), Street Lighting, Transit, or Enhancement/Other. Note: ROW acquisition is no longer a separate category but, included with each project as necessary. o Project name/Location; w/Begin-End points w/ length of project in miles. o Estimated cost of project; include a breakdown of cost where applicable for design, archeological, ROW, construction, mitigation measures, etc. o Year Funding is requested; (determines placement into TIP). o Source(s) of Funds. o Total # of accidents and # of fatalities; at or within project area for previous year. o Lead agency. o Name and phone number of contact person. o Environmental or special right-of-way concerns. 5) NMSHTD has informed MPO staff that those projects in which design, ROW, and environmental considerations have been prepared in advance will be given more consideration when funding is programmed at the state level. 6) Once projects are submitted, MPO staff will be responsible for rating each project and reporting the results to the TAC for recommendation to the Policy Committee for final approval.