TECHNICAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
October 7, 2015
Osage Centre – Cape Girardeau
Technical Planning Committee Members Present:
Mrs. Elquin Auala, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
Mr. Rodney Bollinger, City of Jackson
Mr. Ron Eskew, City of Scott City
Mr. Joe Killian, Missouri Department of Transportation
Mr. Mike Latuszek, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (via conference call)
Mr. Larry Payne, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee
Mr. Mark Phillips, Cape Special Road District
Mrs. Betsy Tracy, Federal Highway Administration (via conference call)
Mrs. Kelley Watson, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CGCTA)
Mr. Ryan Shrimplin, City of Cape Girardeau
Call to Order
Chairwoman Watson called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.
The group went around the room, with each person giving a brief introduction.
There were no public comments.
Adoption of Agenda
The agenda of the October 7, 2015 Technical Planning Committee Meeting was unanimously approved for adoption upon motion made by Mr. Bollinger and seconded by Mr. Payne.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the September 2, 2015 Technical Planning Committee Meeting were unanimously approved upon motion made by Mr. Phillips and seconded by Mr. Bollinger.
Communications from the Chairwoman
There were no communications from the Chairwoman.
Mr. Shrimplin gave a recap of the two public input sessions that were held on September 24, 2015 regarding the 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The sessions were attended by several citizens and stakeholders, including State Representative Donna Lichtenegger and a field representative for Senator Roy Blunt as well as private transit providers SADI and BART Shuttle.
Mr. Shrimplin stated both the MTP and the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) have been revised to address comments gathered to date, and the documents are ready to be submitted to MoDOT, IDOT, and ONE DOT for formal review and comment.
Mr. Payne made a motion to submit the draft 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan to MoDOT, IDOT, and ONE DOT for formal review and comment. Mr. Phillips seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Phillips made a motion to submit the draft FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program to MoDOT, IDOT, and ONE DOT for formal review and comment. Mr. Payne seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Killian explained that FY 2015 state revenues exceeded projections and as a result, MoDOT will receive an additional $210 million in funding, with $28.65 million to be allocated for the Southeast District. The funds are to be used for Taking Care of the System/Maintenance related work. Additionally, there are $44.13 million in funds remaining in the suspended cost share program that will be moved to the “Flexible Funds” category. The Southeast District’s share is $3.98 million. These funds can be used for Taking Care of the System/Maintenance related work or for safety improvements. The Southeast District sent an email to its RPC’s and SEMPO requesting 3 recommendations for bridge replacement in each county and 3 recommendations for pavement overlays in each county, plus any suggestions for safety improvements. Due to time constraints, MoDOT needed the bridge replacement recommendations by the end of September. SEMPO staff consulted with the City of Cape Girardeau, City of Jackson, and Cape Girardeau County and submitted the following bridge replacement recommendations:
1. I-55 Exit 99 (Center Junction)
2. I-55 Exit 93 (US-61/South Kingshighway)
3. I-55/Bloomfield Road overpass
After discussion, the following pavement overlay and safety improvement recommendations were identified:
1. I-55 Exit 99 underpass (Center Junction)
2. US-61 in downtown Jackson (including replacing the Hubble Creek bridge by Jackson
4. MO-K/Farrar Drive intersection
Mr. Payne made a motion to forward the recommendations for bridge replacement, pavement overlay and safety improvements to MoDOT. Mr. Phillips seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Other Business and Communications
Mr. Phillips asked what plans the City of Cape Girardeau has for improving Limbaugh Lane as part of the development of the new indoor sports complex. Mr. Shrimplin stated he did not know the specific plans but would check with the Deputy City Manager, Molly Hood. Mr. Phillips stated the Cape Special Road District is considering an overlay of Limbaugh Lane but that could change if the City has different plans.
Upon motion made by Mr. Payne and seconded by Mr. Phillips, the Committee voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at noon.