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City Council Approves Transportation Consent Items

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2014

Contact: Nicole Ramsey, CDOT Communications Assistant
704-336-3870
nramsey@charlottenc.gov

City Council Approves Transportation Consent Items

Charlotte, NC - Charlotte City Council approved several consent items during their Monday, April 14, meeting to ensure the Charlotte Department of Transportation continues to meet its current and future goals.

Here is a summary of some of the items approved:

North Tryon Street Fiber Relocation

City Council approved a contract of $211,409.25 to Partners Communications Services, Inc. for the North Tryon Street Fiber Relocation project. This project will install fiber optic cable facilities on North Tryon Street from Old Concord Road to Institute Circle that are impacted by the LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail project.

Traffic Signal Improvements and Modifications

City Council approved the use of private developer funds for new traffic signals or modifications at the following locations:

$80,000 from Mountain Island Marketplace 1684, LP, for Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and Couloak Drive
$170,350 from RiverGate Expansion, LLC, for :
South Tryon Street and Rivergate Parkway
Steele Creek Road and Walker Branch Drive
Steele Creek Road and Hamilton Road

City Council also approved a contract of $108,206.30 to Bryant Electric Repair & Construction, Inc. for traffic signal modifications at Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Johnston Road. The modifications include an additional signal pole allowing for improved visibility. The project should be complete in October 2014.

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Charlotte City Council approved several consent items during their Monday, March 24, meeting to ensure the Charlotte Department of Transportation continues to meet its current and future goals.

Here is a summary of some of the items approved:

Street Maintenance Asphalt Patch Trucks and Tandem Dump Trucks

City Council approved the purchase two asphalt patch trucks from Public Works Equipment Supply Inc. for patch truck bodies and Houston Freightliner Inc. for patch truck chassis. Both contracts are for a one-year term. Each patch truck costs $182,052. Asphalt patch trucks are used to repair potholes and utility excavations on city streets. Patch truck crews respond to resident calls for pothole repairs 24-hours a day and provide asphalt patching services for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department and other utilities.

City Council also approved the purchase of two tandem dump trucks from Godwin Manufacturing Inc. for dump truck bodies and Grande Truck Center for dump truck chassis. Both contracts are for a one-year term. Each dump truck costs $155,184.79. Tandem axle dump trucks are used to haul material such as asphalt, stone, gravel and sand for road maintenance and construction activities and also to spread salt and plow roads during inclement winter weather.

City Bridges Inspection Services

City Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Municipal Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and approved the acceptance of two contracts with WSP USA Corp for the inspection of bridges.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) mandates that bridges and culverts be inspected every two years. Bridges are inspected for structural adequacy, safety and functionality. Bridges that are 20 feet in length qualify for federal reimbursement of 80% of the cost of inspections. The NCDOT administers the reimbursement process on behalf of FHWA.

One contract for $176, 855.93 with WSP USA CORP is for the inspection of 78 City-maintained bridges and culverts that do not qualify for federal reimbursement. The City is responsible for 100% of costs associated with the inspection and maintenance of these bridges and culverts. The other contract with WSP USA CORP for $431,834 is for the inspection of 132 City-maintained bridges that qualify for federal reimbursement. FHWA will reimburse the City for 80% of the total cost of inspections, which is $345,467.20. The City is responsible for 20% of the total cost, which is $86,366.80.

LED Traffic Signal Bulbs

City Council approved a contract in the aggregate amount of up to $250,000 to Dialight Corporation, Excellence Opto Inc., Leotek Electronics USA Corporation and RAI Products per a State Contract for the purchase of LED traffic signal bulbs. The contract is for one year, with contract extensions for four additional one-year terms as authorized by the City Manager.

On January 27, 2014, the City Council approved the use of a State contract for the purchase of LED traffic signal bulbs; however, there was a minor error with the vendor information. GE Lumination was listed as one of the vendors instead of RAI Products so this item was resubmitted for approval.

The City uses Light-emitting Diode (LED) traffic signal bulbs for all traffic signal indications. LED technology provides longer lasting bulbs which reduces maintenance costs. LED bulbs last about five years compared to incandescent bulbs, which last approximately 18 months. CDOT replaces the traffic signal bulbs every five years.

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Charlotte City Council approved several consent items during their Monday, February 24, meeting to ensure Charlotte Department of Transportation continues to meet its current and future goals.

Here is a summary of some of the items approved:

Repairs to City Bridges

City Council approved a contract of $1,696,745.06 to Lee Construction for repairs to city bridges.

This contract will provide routine construction and maintenance work to 79 bridges identified by the City through an inspection process. Work may include:

  • Super structure replacement
  • Concrete pavement repairs
  • Asphalt surface sealing, repair or replacement
  • Brush and tree control
  • Debris removal
  • Soil and erosion repairs
  • Barrier rail, hand railing installation and repairs
  • Retaining wall repairs and replacement
  • Culvert repairs
  • Removing, containment and disposal of existing materials
  • Traffic control
  • Erosion and sediment control

Funding for the repair contract is included in the City’s Bridge Repair and Replacement Program using previously approved street bonds.

Private Developer Funds Appropriation

City Council adopted a budget ordinance appropriating $29,000 in private developer funds for traffic signal improvements.

The funds are for the relocation of pedestrian signals, signal poles and other related equipment at the intersection of Eastway Drive and Eastway Crossing Drive associated with QuickTrip Corporation’s development project. QuickTrip Corporation is fully funding the relocation and pedestrian signal improvements. Any unused funding will be refunded to the developer after project completion.

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Charlotte City Council approved several consent items during their Monday, February 10, meeting to ensure Charlotte Department of Transportation continues to meet its current and future goals.

Here is a summary of some of the items approved:

Sidewalk Grant Funding

City Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Municipal Agreement with the NCDOT and approved the acceptance of two grants for $750,000 and $1.386 million for the Providence Road and Sunset Road sidewalk projects.

The Providence Road project will construct a sidewalk on the southwest side of Providence Road between Providence Village Lane and East Barden Road. The total cost is estimated at $1.075 million, with $325,000 funded by the City and $750,000 funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

The Sunset Road Sidewalk Project will construct a sidewalk on both sides of Sunset Road between Reames Road and Statesville Road. The total cost is estimated at $1.85 million, with $464,000 funded by the City and $1.386 million funded by the NCDOT.

Consistent with City Council’s Sidewalk Retrofit policy, the City is committed to becoming a more “walkable” community as part of an overall strategy for advancing a balanced transportation system that accommodates motorists, transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Dixie River Road Traffic Signals System

City Council approved a contract of $668,714.08 with Whiting Construction Company for the installation of new traffic signals and a fiber optic system for Dixie River Road.

City Council approved the Developer Agreement between Charlotte Outlets, LLC and the City for the traffic signals and fiber optic system on September 23, 2013. This project will add new traffic signals and traffic management cameras to the following intersections: 

  • Dixie River Road and Shopton Road
  • Shopton Road and New Fashion Way
  • Dixie River Road and a new public street (yet to be named)
  • Dixie River Road and Berewick Commons Parkway

The work is scheduled to be complete in June 2014. The outlet mall developers are funding two signal installations.

Street Maintenance Salt and Slag Spreaders

City Council approved the purchase of salt and slag spreaders from Godwin Manufacturing Company, Inc. for a three-year term. The City Manager is authorized to extend the contracts for two additional one-year terms with possible price adjustments as authorized by the terms of the contract. Three spreaders needed to be replaced at the cost of $16,930 each. The City uses salt and slag spreaders, mounted in the beds of tandem axle dump trucks, to apply salt to city streets during ice and snow events.

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Charlotte City Council approved several consent items during their Monday, January 27, meeting to ensure Charlotte Department of Transportation continues to meet its current and future goals.

Here is a summary of some of the items approved:

FY2014 Metropolitan Planning Program Grant Municipal Agreement

City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a municipal agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to support transit-planning activities for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

In July 2013, The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the FY2014 planning grant to the City. The total FTA planning budget for the City is $405,030. The City has received this grant for many years as the lead planning agency for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and as the major fixed-route transit operator for the urban area.

The City must use the funds to support transit-planning activities. The Charlotte Department of Transportation will use these funds for travel demand modeling and other activities related to transit. The funding was included in the City Council’s adopted FY2014 budget. This Municipal Agreement is necessary to receive the federal and state reimbursement.

LED Traffic Signal Bulbs and LED Pedestrian Signals

The City uses Light-emitting Diode (LED) traffic signal bulbs in 7,000 traffic signals and 4,500 pedestrian signals. LED technology provides longer lasting bulbs which reduces maintenance costs. LED bulbs last about five years compared to incandescent bulbs, which last approximately 18 months. CDOT replaces the traffic signal bulbs every five years.

City Council approved a contract in the aggregate amount of up to $250,000 to Dialight Corportation, Excellence Opto Inc., Leotek Electronics USA Corporation and GE Lumination per a State Contract for the purchase of LED traffic signal bulbs. The contract is for one year, with contract extensions for four additional one-year terms as authorized by the City Manager. A contract of $197,590.38 to ALS of North Carolina, Inc. was also approved for the installation of LED bulbs at signalized intersections. 

Signalized pedestrian crossings play a critical role in building a more walkable community.  Some LED pedestrian signals need to be replaced and a replenished inventory is needed for new locations. Council approved the purchase of Dialight LED Pedestrian Signals and a contract with Temple, Inc. for a three-year term, with possible contract extensions for two additional one-year terms as authorized by the City Manager.

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The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."