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Tm• MPO Cha i rman c Tp•arw.e...rr.ar Men � u-M'ort"ia 526-0620 a Sgn•nse at AunW%M P4V*••.nat..e • aN 7onea VYOM alm r►eMa.a•o Or Owe vr..A• A—QJ Authorized for Local Roproductlon •L ;rants ManKg"rn*M Alvteory Serv.ca Soatormbor IMa Federal Grants ►,Ianapar.ant Handbook TABLE OF CONTENTS PROGRAM AREA NUMBER PAGES Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 100 Program Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 200 Transportation Planning Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 300 Transit Planning Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 400 Continuing Transportation Programs . . . . . . . . . . 9-11 500 Continuing Transit Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-14 600 Special Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15-16 1 INTRODUCTION The Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) , as the designated entity responsible for transportation planning in the urban area, has certain guidelines and requirements which must be met . Specifically, the MPO is charged with conducting the urban transportation planning process in a coordinated, continuing, and comprehensive manner (3-C process) . In order to meet this goal, it is necessary for the MPO to have a plan of action to provide overall guidance for its planning efforts; hence, the Unified Work Program. The purpose of the Unified Work Program is to outline all proposed transportation planning activities to be conducted within the Las Cruces urban area for the period of July 1, 1992 though June 20, 1993 . The Unified Work Program presented on the following pages includes several sections as outlined below: *Background A brief summary of the purpose and organization of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization. *Program Management An outline of activities necessary for the administration, management, and operation of the MPO. *Transportation Planning Projects A summary of individual projects which are proposed to be undertaken during the fiscal year covered by this Unified Work Program. *On-going Transportation Programs A list of transportation related programs which do not have a specific end result, but rather are continuing programs . *Special Projects An outline of other projects, some for which the status has not been determined, and also a category for adding projects of an urgent nature which may not be known at this time . 2 *Transit Planning Projects A list of projects proposed to be undertaken by Las Cruces Area Transit during the fiscal year covered by this unified Work Program. *Continuing Transit Planning Projects A list of transit projects which have no specific ending date, but rather are continuing programs . *Financial A budget providing estimated costs for the MPO' s activities, presented on a line item basis and a summary of funding by source. Backaround The City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, and the Town of Mesilla are developing coordinated planning activities for growth management, land use planning, and urban transportation planning and system improvement . Transportation planning issues for the Las Cruces urban area are becoming more complex as the area grows , and traffic and transportation system problems often cross jurisdictional boundaries . Therefore, the need exists for intergovernmental cooperation in the urban transportation planning process . Also, the planning process should be integrated with existing local government processes , and through the establishment of policies to insure proper coordination of these agencies . According to the Joint Powers Agreement (dated 2/19/85) and the City/New Mexico State Highway Department Contract (dated 5/18/82) , there are four levels to the organizational structure for the urban transportation planning process, as follows : Policy Committee: A Policy Committee has been created with representation by elected officials from the three participating local governments . In addition, there are non-voting Policy Committee members from the FHWA, and NMSHTD. To establish policies to govern the urban transportation planning process, the primary duties of the Policy Committee are: 1) to serve as a forum for cooperative decision making on transportation related matters ; 2) provide general policy guidance and direction to the MPO Staff and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) ; 3) review and act upon actions as the Metropolitan Planning Organization; 4) receive and act upon recommendations made by the TAC; 5) receive and consider public input ; and 6) determine jurisdictional boundaries of the planning area . 3 Technical Advisory Committee : A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been formed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Policy Committee, with representation from the City of Las Cruces , Dona Ana County, Town of Mesilla, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces Traffic Safety Board, Dona Ana County Utility Council , Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Las Cruces Public Schools , City of Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission, and ETZ Commission. The primary functions of the TAC include but are not limited to: 1) carry out the instructions of the Policy Committee; 2) provide routine guidance and at least annually report on the adequacy of the urban transportation planning process; 3) recommend revisicn to the Annual Element (AE) Transportation Plan and the intergovernmental agreement; 4) review annually the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and the Unified Work Program (UWP) and recommend appropriate revisions; and 5) review the Urban Area Boundary and make appropriate recommendations for revisions . Metropolitan Plannina Organization: The City of Las Cruces has been designated the administrative branch of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, pursuant to requirements outlined within Section 112 of the Federal Highway Act of 1973 , and is therefore responsible, together with the state, for carrying out the urbanized area transportation planning process . Primary duties of the MPO include, but are not limited to: 1) place into effect policies of the Policy Committee; 2) develop and publish a Unified Work Program (UWP) which will contain all urban transportation planning activities for each annual work period; 3) develop and update annually an Annual Element and Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for the urbanized area; and 4) program administration and financial management of Transportation Planning (Section 112) funds, and contract administration for planning and other funds from the USDOT. The MPO Officer shall be an employee of the City' s Planning Department and is vested with the responsibility of serving as principal staff person for the Policy and Technical Committees . The MPO Officer shall also supervise the transportation planning as part of the long range comprehensive planning program for the Las Cruces Urbanized Area. Planning Coordinator: A Planning Coordinator has been assigned from the NMSHTD to work with the MPO and local governments . Primary duties of the Planning Coordinator are to : 1) maintain liaison with both committees; 2) provide technical assistance concerning the development and implementation of the TIP; 3 ) monitor wor'.{ progress of the MPO staff ; and 4) assist program management with fund reimbursement, information, and direction from the FHWA, and maintain a current record of expenditures . 4 100 PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVE: Develop documents and plans of action and undertake administrative and management activities necessary to operate the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization pursuant to local, state, and federal requirements . PREVIOUS RESULTS: The Unified Work Program (UWP) , Annual Element/Transportation Improvement Program (AE/TIP) , and other documents were prepared and approved by the Policy Committee . Meetings of the Policy Committee and Technical Advisory Committee were held and the planning process was conducted in compliance with appropriate regulations . PROPOSED PROGRAMS: Policy Manual - - This document contains the operating policy procedures of the MPO and will address such items as describing the process by which the MPO Policy Committee revises the Major Thoroughfares Plan, the process of early right-of-way acquisition on public lands (BLM) , and the procedure for selecting consultants for professional services and the procedure for implementing approved studies . These and other policy procedures that may come before the MPO Policy Procedures will be contained in this manual . Unified Work Proaram - - This document is the annual work program for the MPO and outlines all planning activities, and administrative management activities that will be undertaken by the MPO during fiscal year. During FY 1992-93 , the MPO will prepare and adopt a UWP for the FY 1993 -94 time period. Annual Element/Transportation Improvement Program - - The AE/TIP is a listing of all transportation related projects anticipated in the urbanized area over a five-year period. Essentially, it is a unified capital improvements program for the three local governments and the State Highway and Transportation Department for the urban area. The AE will cover FY 1993 -94 and the TIP will address needs for the FY 1994-95 through FY 1997-98 time period. Annual and Ouarterly Reports - - Reports on the activities of the Las Cruces MPO will be prepared quarterly and at the end of the fiscal year. Policy Committee Meetings - - Regular meetings of the MPO ' s Policy Committee will be held to review and take action on various transportation issues in the urban area. Special meetings may be held if necessary. 5 Technical Advisory Committee Meetings - - Regular meetings of the TAC will be held to make recommendations to the Policy Committee on various transportation issues in the urban area. Special meetings may be held if necessary. Budget and Financial Management - - A budget and appropriate financial reports and records will be prepared and maintained. Administration - - A variety of miscellaneous tasks will be undertaken as needed and on a day-to-day basis to ensure continued operation of the MPO. FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization City of Las Cruces FUNDING SOURCES: New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department City of Las Cruces PRODUCTS : Policy Manual Unified Work Program - FY 1993-94 Annual Element - FY 1993-94 Transportation Improvement Program - FY 1994-95 through 1997-98 Quarterly Reports - FY 1992-93 MPO Budget - FY 1993-94 Policy Committee Meeting Minutes Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 6 200 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROJECTS OBJECTIVE: Collect data and undertake studies/plans which contribute to the development/maintenance of the transportation planning function, and address current transportation issues/problems within the urban area. PREVIOUS RESULTS: Major Thoroughfare Plan Atlas (Update) - - A revised Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) Atlas was approved by all three (3) local governments and adopted by the MPO Policy Committee. The MTP Atlas became effective on 12/11/91 by Policy Committee action. The revised plan incorporated both a regional and local area scale, street directory, and general listing of traffic volumes for area roadways . West Mesa Alignment - - The MPO worked with the Dona Ana County Planning Department and Road Department and NMSHTD to locate an alignment for a major arterial south of the Las Cruces International Airport to connect to the area developing in and around Sunland Park and Santa Teresa. Such action is reflected on the updated Major Thoroughfare Plan Atlas . Rating System for Annual Element - - The MPO Staff worked on revising the rating system for the Annual Element to provide a system that is objective in establishing priorities . A rating system was approved on a one year trial basis . The new system was used to rate projects on the FY 1992-93 Annual Element . Roadway Evaluation for the Extension of Engler Road - - As a result of the MTP Atlas and the U.S . 70 Reliever Route Study, MPO Staff has completed an evaluation study of an Engler Road and extension and presented the results to the TAC and MPO. Staff has continued to coordinate this realignment project among local agencies . This project is being considered concurrently with a proposed North Valley Transportation Plan. PROPOSED PROGRAMS: Preparation of a Cost/Benefit Project Rating System - - As a move toward a true cost/benefit rating system, the MPO Policy Committee approved a revised rating system on a trial basis (FY 1992-93) . In the interim, MPO Staff will continue to work on developing a system and procedures that will eventually be adopted as MPO Policy. Priority: 1 Estimated Completion: 2nd Quarter North Valley Transportation Needs Assessment - - To build upon the foundation set by the Engler Road Evaluation, MPO Staff will coordinate with County staff, a study of thoroughfare needs in the North Valley. The placement of new alignments, the re-alignment of existing roadways, and the classification of roads will be considered. The MPO recognizes the relationship between land use and transportation; therefore, type of land use and zoning (present and future) will be considered as well . Priority: 2 Estimated Completion: 3rd Quarter Evaluation of and Right-of-Way Acquisitions for East Mesa Roads - - MPO Staff will work with BLM, State Land, City, and County officials to evaluate major arterial alignments proposed for the East Mesa. The acquisition and reservation of right-of-way will be pursued through proper channels . Priority: 3 Estimated Completion: 4th Quarter FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization City of Las Cruces Dona Ana County Town of Mesilla New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department FUNDING SOURCES : City of Las Cruces New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department PRODUCTS : Revised Project Rating System North Valley Roadway Evaluation Study 8 300 TRANSIT PLANNING PROJECTS OBJECTIVE: Collect data and conduct studies which contribute to the development, maintenance and overall delivery of mass transit service to those persons living within the Las Cruces Area Transit System service area. The completed studies/plans will address current transit related issues and problems and offer practical solutions for providing the best possible service to the transit patron. PREVIOUS RESULTS: Triennial Review - - On December 18 , 1989 , UMTA completed their Triennial Review of the LCATS . There were 19 issues addressed and all issues were decreed to be fully compliant with UMTA criteria. Section 15 Report - - In compliance with Urban Mass Transportation Administration guidelines , transit passenger ridership information was gathered during FY 1990-91 . The information was submitted for UMTA review in September 1991 . Title VI Report - - The Las Cruces Area Transit System has reviewed the services provided to assure that they are provided on a non-discriminatory manner consistent with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act . PROPOSED PROGRAMS: Section 15 Report - - The Federal Transit Administration has requested that a Section 15 Report be submitted for FY 1991-92 . To this end, passenger ridership information is being collected according to the procedures established by FTA. The data collected is necessary to secure funding for transit operation. Priority: 1 Estimate Completion: 1st Quarter FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization Las Cruces Transit Department FUNDING SOURCES : City of Las Cruces Federal Transit Administration New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department PRODUCTS : Section 15 Report 400 CONTINUING TRANSpORTATION PROGRAMS 9 OBJECTIVES: Maintain and update statistical, demo r Inventory data sufficient to meet the on-aphic, and transportation needs of the MPO, its member entit_e on-going plannIn s, and other g and Project PREVIOUS RESULTS: Public agencies. Ca ital Im rovements Programs Ma or MPO Staff worked jointly with the Cit.Thoroughfares to advance transportation Plan Atlas - -The f, County, and Town of Mesilla implementation phase. projects from the planning � land m enc P This required addressing g Phase to the set priorities y coordination, and u g funding sources, from the local Peer level management cooperation to Of Mesilla) to present to governing bodies (Cit the local legislators with anuexecuto� summa, of transportation needs in the Las Cruces Urban Area.executive EMME/2 DevalODment - delivered to the MPO. E�/2 Traffic Modeling Manual and MPO Staff has completed reading has been underwent two, 1-day train " g the User' s session, in Santa Fe, was introductory g sessions . :nurse held in Las Cruces . rY; the second The first and continues to become more knowledgeable has an understanding advanced geable of the system.°f EMME/2 , ;=overa e Count Program ystem. :'ransportation The New Mexico State y:arocedures Department has established Highway and to be followed traffic counting ::ounty/flow date. The by the WIPO when conjunction with a three-year have gathering traffic m year traffic count been established in plemented by the individual MPO Program which is being Cruces) . The count � s (Albuquerque, program began October 1� Santa Fe, and Las 2L4S Re ort 1988 . Procedures outlined in 23eASK. Highwa Y Administration, under pPlases of roadway K• 307, engages in research of all m,lintenof r y construction modernization, safety, financing development, design, r -suit, ty- the Las Cruces MPO colle ted specific data traffic five (85) designated roadwayconditions . As a submitted the report to the links witlon hin the urbaniazedgareahand NMSHTD. PI,APOSED PROGRAMS: i C&oital Im rovement Ma 'or Staff will continue to work 'I'h0rouahfare pl of Mesilla to implement projects an Atlas - The MPO jointly with the Cit actual construction. /pr°grams from the County, and Town a Fight-of-way ac Also, staff wi'_1 work wiphase to th LM toPlani -�mplement quisition program to further planning activities . Pr ..ority: Carry-over Project Es .imated Completion: 2nd Quarter 10 EMME 2 Development - - The EMME 2 program requires substantial time and hands-on effort to learn and operate the model . Since the model is one of the critical components of the Interstate Highway Access Study (IHAS) , a major effort will be made on utilizing the new program for the transportation planning process . Priority: 1 Estimated Completion: Ongoing Coverage Count Program Pursuant to the Traffic Monitoring Standards adopted by the New Mexico Highway Commission, specific methodology will now be followed when collecting traffic count information. NMSHTD will now accept traffic count information in adherence to the standards via the MPO. Established roadway segments will be counted on a three-year rotation with the first third of the segments counted the first year, the second third counted the second year, and the last third, the last year. The starting date for counting the first one third of the segments for the second, three-year cycle begins October 1, 1992 and runs thru September 30 , 1993 . Priority: 2 Estimated Completion: Continuing HPMS Report - - The Federal Highway Administration, under procedures outlined in 23 U.S .C. 307, engages in research on all phases of road construction modernization, development, design, maintenance, safety, financing, and traffic conditions . As a result, the Las Cruces MPO must collect the specific data along eight five (85) designated road links within the urbanized area and submit reports to the NMSHTD on an annual basis . Additional information for FY 1992-93 requires staff to report the type and extent of road improvement projects carried out on the designated roadway links . Priority: 3 Estimated Completion: 4th Quarter Pouulation and Land Use Data Collection - - Estimates of current population will be updated on a continuing basis to reflect new growth trends within the urban area. Efforts will be made to computerize existing population data (socio-economic characteristics) for ease of manipulation. MPO Staff will work with City Staff to gather 1990 census data from computer tapes and other documents made available by t`:e U.S . Census Bureau. Priority: 4 Estimated Completion: Continuing 11 FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization City of Las Cruces Dona Ana County Town of Mesilla FUNDING SOURCES : City of Las Cruces Federal Highway Administration New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department PRODUCTS: EMME 2 Computer Traffic Simulation Model HPMS Report to NMSHTD Population Data Collection Traffic Counts (coverage count program) 12 500 CONTINUING TRANSIT PROGRAMS OBJECTIVE: Maintain and update statistical and inventory (FTA) data needs as required by the Federal Transit Administration and as needed to provide effective and efficient transit system operation. PREVIOUS RESULTS: Transit Data Collection - - As a prerequisite for continued funding, information is required to be collected for a variety of operating and maintenance characteristics of the Las Cruces Area Transit System. The maintenance characteristics have been collected as a part of the maintenance procedures . Operating characteristics have been collected during the past fiscal year. Privatization - - The FTA requirements for privatization have been certified by the MPO Policy Committee. Through its normal public notification and participation procedures, the MPO and LCAT system have been responsive in addressing the intent of the FTA regulations . There has been limited interest in participation by the private sector. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises - Planning - - The LCAT is required to provide equal opportunity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises within all phases of its procurement . Svstem monitoring/Implementation - - Mileage and ridership reports were established and are used in gathering data for performance evaluation as regards to the systems route structure. Data is also used for monthly activity reports, Section 15 reporting and other studies as required. Training and Professional Development - - Transit staff attended training sessions on strategic planning, marketing research, transit public relations and transit financial capacity assessment . PROPOSED PROGRAMS: Transit Data Collection - - The FTA, as a prerequisite for continued funding of Transit operations, requires preparations of Section 15 reporting materials . These reports include information on funding, budgets , passenger ridership by category, time, location, and socio-economic characteristics . Materials for local dissemination and distribution/transmittal to the Federal Transit Administration will be prepared. Priority: 1 Estimated Completion: Continuing 13 System Monitorina/Implementation - - The routes , ridership, and other operations characteristics need to be reviewed/monitored on a continuing basis . This would be undertaken for other ensuring continued compliance with FTA and internal system requirements and implementation of the Transit Development Plan. Additionally, special studies and/or reports would be conducted/prepared on an as-required basis . Priority: 2 Estimated Completion: Continuing Privatization - - The FTA requires that continuing efforts be made to facilitate the participation of private enterprise in federally funded portions of transit system operations . The LCAT system and MPO will undertake specific tasks to establish listings of potential participants , develop guidelines, and implement the privatization program. Priority: 3 Estimated Completion: Continuing Drua-Free -Transportation Proaram - - The final rule was suspended until further notice; however, FTA suggests that requiring recipients of federal mass transit assistance to have an anti-drug program in place for sensitive public service employees is required. This action responds to a United States Court of Appeals decision on providing a drug free environment for public service employees . Priority: 4 Estimated Completion: Continuing Trainina and Professional Development - - In order to provide continuing training and professional development for staff and board members, relative to planning and management for the Las Cruces Area Transit, several training sessions will be organized and/or staff will be sent to out-of-town training sessions . Priority: 5 Estimated Completion: Continuing DBE - - The LCAT System will continue to include, as a matter of policy, to the fullest extent feasible DBE' s in all phases of its procurement practices, and provide equal opportunity to compete for construction and professional services contracts . Priority: 6 Estimated Completion: Continuing 14 FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization Las Cruces Transit Department FUNDING SOURCES : City of Las Cruces Federal Transit Administration New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department PRODUCTS : Weekly Ridership Data End of Fiscal Year Report to FTA on Ridership Data Status Report on Pfivatization Program Status Report on Drug Free Program Status Report on Training Program Status Report on DBE Procurement Service Contract 15 600 SPECIAL PROJECTS OBJECTIVES : Undertake special projects which meet unusual and/or urgent transportation planning related needs . PREVIOUS RESULTS : U.S . 70 Reliever Route Study - - A Locational Study Report and an Environmental Assessment for U.S . Highway 70 from I-25 to Nasa Road was delivered to the MPO Policy Committee and adopted on January 15 , 1991 . A "Finding of No Significant Impact" was submitted to NMSHTD and granted concurrence or. January 28 , 1991 for the Locational Study Report . A Section 4 (f) Statement and Environment Assessment Report is to be delivered for U.S . Highway 70 from 1-25 west to the Rio Grande Bridge. The consultant requested an extension on the original contract to April 30 , 1992 . During the period from January - April 1992 , the consultant submitted a proposal for renegotiating the original scope of work. This was precipitated by the fact that the consultant had to wait for final design figures for proposed reconstruction of U.S . Highway 70 , west of I-25 . The City selected a consultant to prepare the final design of U.S . Highway 70 west of I-25 in February 1992 . The outcome of this design project will provide the necessary information to complete the Section 4 (f) and Environmental Assessment . The expected date of completion is spring 1993 . During the spring of 1992 , funds were solicited from the New Mexico State Legislature for the design and construction of an overpass for U.S . Highway 70 and Mesa Grande Drive. This overpass is in accordance with the Locational Study and would be the first part of that study to be implemented. The Las Cruces School Board voted to construct a new high school on the southeast corner of that intersection. That decision and the traffic it will create is the justification for implementing this portion of the study. Interstate Hiahway Access Study (IHAS) - - Five documents known as the Interstate Highway Access Study were adopted on May 8 , 1991 as per MPO Resolution 91-022 . The documents are listed below: Base Case Improvements Reports; . New Interchange Recommendations Report; Implementation Strategy - Executive Summary; Policy Statement for Base Case Improvements ; Policy Statement for New Interchange Recommendations Also, as a result of the study, E*V—r/2 Traffic Modeling Software was delivered to the MPO . 16 I - 10 Corridor Study - - This project is a study that the NMSHTD is presently developing from the Las Cruces City Limits south to the Texas state line . The study will address the need for interchange modification and new access points on the Interstate. The IHAS Study and the I- 10 Corridor Study will collectively use data from the Las Cruces Area T-Model Network (presently being converted to EMME/2) . Both transportation models will be integrated into one regional model . MPO and consultant staff will coordinate closely with NMSHTD Staff . PROPOSED PROGRAMS: US 70 Frontage Road Study - - This carry over project directs the consultant to complete the Environment Assessment Report for the intersection improvements along US Highway 70 west of I-25 . The consultant will be able to finalize said report after final design of the intersections . Priority: Carry-over Project Estimated Completion: To be detern'_...ned Implementation of the US Highway 70 Studies - Picacho Avenue (US Hiahway) /North Main Street Project - - A Joint Powers Agreement between the State Highway Department and the City of Las Cruces was established allowing for the production of a Request for Proposal (RFP) , managed by the City to complete final design of Picacho Avenue (US Highway 70) from the Rio Grande Bridge to N. Main Street and N. Main Street from the Picacho Avenue Intersection to Three Crosses Avenue . The RFP went to bid in April 1991 with an estimated final design completion date of March 1, 1992 . Rights- of-way, acquisition, final estimates, and certification proceeds after final design. After going to bid, the State added to the scope of the work. A contamination study of underground storage tanks will be required. Priority: Carry-over Project Estimated Completion: 4th Quarter I-10 Corridor Study - - This study conducted by NMSHTD is an on- going project to analyze the corridor from the Las Cruces City Limits to the Texas State Line. i Priority: On-going project Estimated Completion: On-going e 17 FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Metropolitan Planning Organization New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department FUNDING SOURCES : New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department City of Las Cruces Federal Highway Administration PRODUCTS : I-10 Corridor Study (NMSHTD) - Final Report US 70 Additional Work - Section 4 (f) and Environmental Assessment West Picacho (US Highway 70) /N. 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MPO response to Mr. Jon Joseph of the BLM concerning the Foothills alignment with Dripping Springs Road. 2 . MP01s letter to New Mexico Transportation Secretary, Mr. Louis Medrano, concerning North Main medians . DISCUSSION/OPTIONS: Iti Dne tA.4, , CRUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION MESILLA DOHA ANA COUNTY LAS CRUCES December 10 , 1992 MPO-045 Mr. Jon Joseph Area Manager Mimbres Resource Area 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces , NM 88005 Dear Mr. Joseph: Thank you for your letter informing the MPO of right-of-way (ROW) requests for a corridor connecting Foothills with Dripping Springs Road. Since your correspondence , both the MPO and it-3 Sub-committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC; , have reviewed the request at their regular meetings . Marvin James of your staff is- a member of the TAC and was helpful in addressing questions at the TAC meeting. As a result, the TAC has recommended and the MPO has approved the following comments to be forwarded to your office : 1 ) ':hat the alignment shown in Map 42 ( included) is preferred. 2 ) That alignment be granted' 4 meet Major arteria: Specifications of 130 ' of ROW. That dust be abased by paving the alignment. A minimum pavement thickness for heavy •vehicles is acceptable . 4) That it be designed fully to Major Arterial Standards when traffic demand warrants . Fcr the time being, a minimum pavement width is acceptable . Thirty ( 30 ' ) feet is recommended. :TOTE: Map #1 is reproduced directly from the Major Thoroughfare Plan Atlas (MTPA) . Map #2 shows the preferred alignment for the :,o-antial Las Alamedas Corridor . he arrows indica-e a shift in the study area toward a more definita alignment . :t is recognized that these corridors have not to date , beer. Surveyed. The :SPO would welcome the opportunity to coordinate with the appropriate party or agency, :he surveying of the designated corridors t0 ma;cr art•erial specifications . As shown in =_gure 1 ( a---ached, of your letter the propc=ed road ROW ends at _ cc.. : : :s , ippr;:._maga l: cne ha: _ 7,_ : scut: ..f where Mesa Grande _3 " _:.=csed to _3rni ate a' she e:. _ani ion of Lohman. PO DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 526-0620 The ROW being proposed could be the future Las Alamedas Boulevard (as shown on the map from the MTPA) ; therefore it should be developed to major arterial specifications . (Note : The current designation of Las Alamedas as a Location Study Corridor within the Major Thoroughfare Plan Atlas allows the actual alignment to deviate slightly depending on closer investigation. Due to specific development issues and/or topography at the time of implementation, such changes are warranted. ) Any additional information or assistance can be coordinated through the - MPO Officer, Mr. Brian Denmark. The MPO would also be interested in NMSU' s ideas on this matter as the alignment directly impacts University lands . fyB. rely Luchitnihairman er cc : Brian Denmark, AICP, MPO Staff Bruno Zaldo, CLC Don Brooks , DAC Ms . Christine Crave_-Kelly,. NMS .; Ben Woods , NMSU Shirley Miller, BLM Marvin James, BLM LA ) CRUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION MESILLA DO&A ANA COUNTY LAS CRUCES D,:acember 15 , 1992 .�: 0-92-057 L ,:,ui3 Medrano SF.�cr etary of Transportation NwiSHTD P , 0. Box 1149 .S.>µnta Fe, NM 87504-1149 Dear Mr. Medrano : 3 :.,cantly, the MPO has become aware of an issue regarding Nor-h Main �., Cruces . in response to Citi-zgn comment3 , we are seek;na N.'ISHTD ' s help and expertise to reso e : _ . We are hoDeful that b ��weer. sur st3: and YMSH='D' s state 3 =: . _ __cn can be reac:ze�'. t. ha"_ zenezicial to all parties . a. per minute action at the December 9, 1992 meeting of the YTO D )Iicy Committee, this letter serves as an official request that 11;:on final design of North Main (US 70 ) via that US 70 project, 5 �ecial consideration be given when addressing the issue of raised m,id_ans . The delays due to inadequate stacking lines and increases _ : aaDT have increased the risk to =ne dri-iing public in this rr:dor . Fcr -.h-43 reason, we are hopeful th:- will he resolved q ::cklis a:so requested _.at prcrer_i and busi Owners ness cwr. s _ c: .::e have an opport•_.._`y _c ,_:e the ccacerns and be apprised of all developments regarding the final design and iIplemertaticn of improvements to US 70 or. North Main. _ the MPO can be of any assistance in this matter please nctify Brian Denmark, MPO Officer. He can be reached at 526-0620 or P.O. D~aver CLC, Las Cruces , NM 98004 . . .°::Care l-� +1 9 . Luchini MI 1) Chairman 3r:an Denmarl"., `icer PO. DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 526-0620