The strategies for Roads include five major components
1. Road Needs
Keep pace with road building needs on the City system to promote quality of life and economic development.
- Develop options for November 2000 bond referendum for City Council review
- Propose a methodology to reduce the timeframe between bond funding and construction completion.
- Implement the 1996 and 1998 Road Bonds per approved schedule.
- November 2000 Bond Referendum options
- Complete methodology to reduce time frame
- Comparison of actual implementation with projects approved for 1996 and 1998 bonds
Carry out City Council initiative to build roadway and pedestrian connections between established developments to improve overall circulation of pedestrian and vehicles.
- Conduct pilot studies for potential connectivity projects in four areas.
- Presentation of study reports to City Council Transportation Committee by April 2000
3. Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues
Design roads not just for cars, but also assure that bicycle and pedestrian concerns are considered in road building.
- Build pedestrian connections and sidewalks where lacking, according to priorities.
- Ensure pedestrian and bicycle needs are met in new road planning and construction, consistent with the adopted Bicycle and Transit Plans, as well as the sidewalk policy.
- Actual expenditure on sidewalks and bicycle facilities per priorities.
4. Funding Formulas
Build coalitions to advocate that the State increase funding for roadway programs beyond annual appropriations.
- Participate in the State's Blue Ribbon Study Commission on Highway funding, and assist in developing the recommendations to be presented to the legislature during the 2000 Legislative Session.
- Explore the possibility of toll road construction for non-funded high priority roadways. Engage in state-wide debate regarding private toll road construction.
- Recommend candidate projects for the FY02-08 State Transportation Improvement Program emphasizing the City's highest unfunded needs (especially Independence Boulevard).
- Actively coordinate local input into state initiatives to ensure that local concerns are addressed; for example, provision for transit; adequacy to meet vehicular, pedestrian and bicycling needs; design standards such as screening walls; etc.
- Increase in options for road funding
- Development of a strategy for funding key local road priorities.
5. Air Quality
Work vigorously to address air quality needs that can affect future road funding, economic development and the quality of life.
- Participate in the Environmental Protection Agency Pilot
- Participate in state/federal Air Quality SIP (State Implementation Plan) process
- Maintain air quality conformity
- Meet federal EPA air quality requirements