TPC Minutes 12/06/2017

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December 6, 2017

Osage Centre – Cape Girardeau

Technical Planning Committee Voting Members Present:     

Mr. Rodney Bollinger, City of Jackson

Ms. Mandi Brink, Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority (SEMO Port)

Mr. Drew Christian, Southeast Missouri Regional Planning & Economic Development

Commission (SEMO RPC)

Mr. Joe Killian, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Mr. Alex McElroy, City of Cape Girardeau

Mr. John Mehner, Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET

Mr. Larry Payne, Cape Girardeau County (alternate for Mr. Charlie Herbst)

Mr. Scott Perry, Bootheel Regional Planning & Economic Development

Commission (Bootheel RPC)

Mr. Doug Richards, City of Scott City

Mr. Kirk Sandfort, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO University) (alternate for Ms. Beth Glaus)

Ms. Kelley Watson, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CTA)

Technical Planning Committee Non-Voting Members Present:     

Ms. Elquin Auala, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Mr. Curtis Jones, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)

Mr. Brian Okenfuss, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Ms. Eva Voss, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) (via teleconference)

Staff Present:

Mr. Ryan Shrimplin, City of Cape Girardeau

Call to Order

Chairman Bollinger called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.


The group went around the room, with each person giving a brief introduction.

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the December 6, 2017 Technical Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting was unanimously approved for adoption upon motion made by Mr. Payne and seconded by Mr. Mehner.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the November 1, 2017 Technical Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting were unanimously approved upon motion made by Mr. Mehner and seconded by Mr. Payne.

Communications from the Chairman

There were no communications from the Chairman.

New/Unfinished Business

  • Prioritized Project Lists for MoDOT 10-Year Funding Scenario

Mr. Okenfuss explained that MoDOT has been tasked with developing a prioritized project and program list based on a 10-year additional funding scenario.  The list will be used to solicit support for obtaining funding.  Under the scenario, MoDOT’s Southeast District would receive approximately $210 million for road and bridge projects and $46 million for multi-modal projects and programs.  The Southeast District is asking its regional planning partners to create and submit their individual prioritized lists for both road and bridge and multi-modal.  The deadline for the Southeast District to submit its district-wide list is December 15th.  The Southeast District will hold a meeting with the planning partners on December 12th to select the projects and programs for the district-wide list.

The TPC reviewed the projects from the Contingency Projects and Needs List that was developed earlier in the year.  The road and bridge projects selected, in order of priority, were: 1) Reconstruct I-55 Exit 93 Interchange, 2) Replace I-55 overpass bridge on Bloomfield Road, 3) Various improvements and upgrades to US-61 from MO-34/72 to I-55 Exit 105, and 4) Various improvements and upgrades to MO-25 from MO-34/72 to Route K.  As an alternate, the TPC selected adding one lane in each direction on I-55 on a per-mile basis.  The multi-modal projects selected were: 1) Contribution toward the SEMO Port Loop Tracks Terminal Project, 2) Daily extended route for CTA, 3) Construct Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Maintenance Storage/Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Facility, 4) Construct North Jackson-Cape Trail, and 5) Construct SEMO Trail.  A motion was made by Mr. Payne and seconded by Mr. Christian to approve the above lists, which passed unanimously.  Mr. Shrimplin stated that staff will present the lists at the December 12th meeting.

Member Reports

Mr. Shrimplin reported on several of the City of Cape Girardeau’s projects.  The South Sprigg Street bridge was recently reopened.  Preliminary plans for the sidewalk on Independence Street from the roundabout to the Cape LaCroix Trail have been reviewed, and comments have been submitted to the consultant.  The Bloomfield Road Phase V project is completed except for a few punchlist items.  Lochmueller Group has been hired to conduct a traffic study for Independence Street from the roundabout to Caruthers Avenue.  The Neighborhood Street Repair Program is in process.  Asphalt Overlay Program is complete.  Bowen Engineering has been hired to prepare plans for the West End Boulevard – Rose Street to New Madrid Street Project.

Mr. Bollinger reported on several of the City of Jackson’s projects.  Preliminary design has started for the realignment of South Old Orchard Road near the former Class Act Gymnastics facility.  An engineering firm has been hired to design the traffic signal at East Main Street and Oak Hill Road.  The Concrete Street Repair Program is 90% complete.  The Asphalt Overlay and Joint Routing & Sealing Programs are 100% complete.  Lochmueller Group is wrapping up the City’s Comprehensive Traffic Study.

Ms. Brink reported that the SEMO Port is getting started on the phase of the Loop Tracks Terminal Project being funded by a Delta Regional Authority grant.

Mr. Christian reported that the public meetings for the Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Coordination Plans for the SEMO RPC and SEMPO were held last week.  A meeting for the transit providers will be held on December 19th at the SEMO RPC office.  He also mentioned that there will be an open house for Chauncy Buchheit’s retirement on December 12th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the SEMO RPC office.

Mr. Killian reported that the sealing project on MO-25 from MO-34/72 to Route K will be let next week.

Mr. Jones mentioned that he forwarded to Mr. Shrimplin information about some upcoming webinars.

Staff Report

Mr. Shrimplin reported that the draft Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has been released for public comment, along with an online comment form.  The next round of public meetings will be held in early January, after which the final version will be prepared for adoption.

Other Business and Communications

There was no other business and communications.


There being no further business, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 12:26 p.m. upon motion by Mr. Payne and second by Ms. Watson.