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14th Amendment Highway - Task 2: Inventory of Existing Documents and Web Sites

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Introduction

This technical memorandum is being submitted in partial fulfillment of Task 2 of the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor Study. It presents an updated inventory of transportation planning documents and web sites of State and metropolitan transportation planning agencies located in or near the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor, as well as multi-State organizations that have an interest in highway improvements within the Corridor. An updated inventory of geospatial databases, containing transportation infrastructure, demographic, environmental, and culture features located within the Corridor, is being submitted as a separate technical memorandum.

The inventory is arranged by State, with web sites and documents of the State DOT listed first, followed by metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) within the State. Multi-State organizations are included at the end of the inventory. Each web site or document includes a brief description of its content and/or relevance to the 14th Amendment Highway Study. New documents that have been added with this revision are highlighted.

Most of the documents identified in this inventory are available on line, and include hyperlinks to the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address of the Internet web site where they can be found.

Additional, relevant documents identified during the course of this study will be incorporated into this inventory as they are located.

Mississippi

This is the official home page for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

This document is the most recent statewide long-range transportation plan produced by Mississippi DOT. It was completed in 2004, and covers a planning horizon to 2030.

This document is the most recent statewide transportation improvement plan (STIP), prepared in September 2009, listing highway projects and estimated project costs and schedules for the period 2010 - 2013.

This document provides a chronology and map of a specific highway improvement project in Laurel, MS to reconstruct a severe S-curve on I-59 in downtown Laurel. This project has been completed, and the new section is currently open to traffic.

The Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar (HPFL) MPO is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Hattiesburg urbanized area, which is located within the 50-mile buffer of the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor. The HPFL does not have its own web site, and does not appear to have updated its metropolitan transportation plan since 2001. The 2001 HPFL plan is incorporated into the Mississippi statewide long-range plan.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program submitted by the HPFL MPO, covering transportation improvement projects for the period 2010 - 2013. It is posted on the Mississippi DOT web site.

The Central Mississippi Planning & Development District (CMPDD) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Jackson urbanized area, which is located partially within the 50-mile buffer of the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor. The CMPDD web site contains planning documents, geospatial data, and links to other web sites. The transportation plan for the Jackson metropolitan area is incorporated into the Mississippi statewide long-range plan.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program submitted by the CMPDD, covering transportation improvement projects for the period 2010 - 2013. It is posted on the CMPDD web site.

Alabama

This is the official home page for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

This document is the most recent statewide long-range transportation plan produced by the Alabama DOT. It was completed in 2008, and covers a planning horizon to 2035.

This document is the most recent statewide transportation improvement plan (STIP), listing highway projects and estimated project costs and schedules for the period 2008 - 2011.

This web site is the home page for the I-85 Extension environmental impact study (EIS), a proposed highway corridor extending from I-20/59, just east of Meridian, Mississippi, to Montgomery, Alabama. The web site includes the most recent draft EIS report, examining the construction costs and impacts for a number of alternative alignments, along with other information, including public outreach events and schedules, background information, and supplemental project related studies.

This document summarizes the findings from study sponsored by Alabama DOT to examine the feasibility of financing the Montgomery Outer Loop highway project as a toll road. The study examined the projected traffic volumes and potential toll revenues for several alternative designs and terminus points.

This document lists current highway and bridge projects in the Alabama Statewide Plan and STIP to upgrade and improve US Route 84 between Mississippi-Alabama state line and its interchange with Interstate 65, near Evergreen, AL. (Available on the project ftp site.)

The Montgomery MPO is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Montgomery urbanized area, which is one of the key cities identified in the legislation authorizing the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor Study. The Montgomery MPO web site contains planning documents, meeting minutes, traffic maps, and links to other web sites.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan prepared by the Montgomery MPO. It is currently a draft plan, completed in June 2010, for a planning horizon year of 2035.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the Montgomery MPO, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2008 - 2011. The TIP was approved in September 2008.

This document lists current highway and bridge projects in the Alabama Statewide Plan and STIP to construct the Montgomery Outer Loop. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A map prepared by the Alabama DOT, showing the proposed approximate alignment for the Montgomery Outer Loop highway project, including the locations of interchanges with existing roads. (Available on the project ftp site.)

The Auburn-Opelika MPO is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Auburn-Opelika urbanized area, which is located within the 25-mile buffer of the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor. The Auburn-Opelika MPO web site contains planning documents, meeting schedules and minutes, and contact information.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan adopted by the Auburn-Opelika MPO. It was adopted in June 2010, and covers a planning horizon year of 2035.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the Auburn-Opelika MPO, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2008-2011. It was updated and approved in February 2010.

Georgia

This is the official home page for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

This document is the most recent statewide long-range transportation plan produced by the Georgia DOT. It was adopted in 2007, and covers a planning horizon to 2035.

This document is the most recent statewide transportation improvement plan (STIP), listing highway projects and estimated project costs and schedules for the period 2013-2016.

This is the official home page for the Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP), a state legislative initiative passed in 1989 to ensure that 98 percent of all areas in the state will be within 20 miles of a four-lane road.

The document summaries the findings of an investigation of the economic benefits of the GRIP initiative, particularly its impacts on rural economic development.

This is the most recent status map showing the progress of Georgia highway projects included in the GRIP initiative.

This document is a summary of the current development status of the highway segments that comprise the Fall Line Freeway, a GRIP project that connects Columbus, Macon, and Augusta, Georgia, and which was specifically noted as a potential alignment for the 14th Amendment Highway in the authorizing legislation.

This is the official home page for the Central Georgia Corridor Study, a federally funded study to evaluate the Georgia portion of the National Highway System (NHS) High Priority Corridor (HPC) 6, which would connect Meridian Mississippi to Savannah, Georgia, via Warner Robins, Georgia.

This document is the final report for the HPC 6 Study, which examined highway deficiencies along the HPC6 and US 280 highway corridors, connecting Columbus, and Savannah, Georgia. It also examined the impacts of potential highway improvements on economic development within the corridors.

This document provides a baseline assessment of the economies and infrastructure of central Georgia, as the foundation for identifying short and long-term transportation infrastructure needs and potential solutions within the defined study area.
Central Georgia Corridor Study - HPC6 and US 280: Phase II Report (June 2002) - http://www.dot.ga.gov/Projects/studies/Documents/CentralGeorgia/HPC%206%20Phase%202%20Report.pdf
This document summarizes the evaluation of base and future traffic conditions and, in so doing, identifying transportation deficiencies within the corridor.

The Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Macon urbanized area, which is one of the key cities identified in the legislation authorizing the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor Study. The MATS web site contains planning documents, highway functional classification maps, meeting schedules and minutes, and links to other web sites.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan adopted by the MATS. It covers a planning horizon year of 2035. The most recent revisions to the plan, including the Air Quality Conformity Determination Report, were adopted in February 2010.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the MATS, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2011-2014. It was approved in June 2010.

The text of a resolution adopted by the Middle Georgia RDC to study an alternative alignment for the Fall Line Freeway through the Macon area that includes construction of a new roadway from Avon Mill Road eastward across I-16 and then northeast to intersect Georgia Route 57 (Available on the project ftp site.)

A map showing the proposed alignment endorsed by the Middle Georgia RDC through the Macon area. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A PowerPoint presentation made by the mayor of Macon highlighting the proposed alignment for the Fall Line Freeway endorsed by the Middle Georgia RDC through the Macon area, and identifying potential benefits and challenges associated with this alignment. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A planning study prepared by Georgia DOT that analyzes the feasibility of constructing a new roadway from I-75 at the Sardis Church Road Interchange, across the Ocmulgee River Valley, connecting with I-16 at the Sgoda Road Interchange. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A preliminary analysis prepared by the MATS technical staff, which examines the possible alignment, key environmental issues, costs, and purpose and need to construct a new roadway to serve as the alignment for the Fall Line Freeway through the Macon area. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A map showing the proposed alignment for the new roadway from the I-75 Interchange at Sardis Church Road to the I-16 Interchange at Sgoda Road, highlighting important environmental features that would be crossed or bypassed. (Available on the project ftp site.)

A planning study prepared by Georgia DOT that analyzes the feasibility of constructing a new roadway from I-16 at the Sgoda Road Interchange to Georgia State Route 57 and the Fall Line Freeway east of Macon. (Available on the project ftp site.)

The Columbus-Phenix City MPO (C-PCMPO) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Columbus-Phenix City urbanized area, which is one of the key cities identified in the legislation authorizing the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor Study. The C-PCMPO web site contains planning documents, meeting schedules and minutes, and contact information.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan adopted by the C-PCMPO. It was adopted in December 2009 and covers a planning horizon year of 2035.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the C-PCMPO, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2011-2014. It was approved in May 2010.

The Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Augusta urbanized area, which is one of the key cities identified in the legislation authorizing the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor Study. The ARTS web site contains planning documents, meeting schedules and minutes, and contact information.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan prepared by the ARTS. It is currently a draft report, out for public review and comment, and covers a planning horizon year of 2035.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the ARTS, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2010-2013. It was approved in November 2009.

The Warner-Robins Area Transportation Study (WRATS) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Warner-Robins urbanized area, which is partially located within the 25-mile buffer of the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor. The WRATS web site contains planning documents and contact information.

This document is the most recent metropolitan transportation plan prepared by the WRATS. It is still listed as a draft report, although it was prepared in September 2005, and covers a planning horizon year of 2030.

This document is the most recent transportation improvement program prepared by the WRATS, listing transportation projects and their estimated costs and schedules for the period 2011-2014. It was approved in May 2010.

Multi-State and Regional Highway Documents and Web Sites

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federally authorized regional commission, charged with planning, coordinating, and advocating for programs to promote economic development within 252 counties and parishes, located in eight States surrounding the lower Mississippi River. The proposed 14th Amendment Highway passes through two of the States represented by the DRA - Alabama and Mississippi. Transportation planning is one of the major policy development areas supported by the DRA. As part of this initiative, the DRA established the Delta Development highway System (DDHS), consisting of 3,843 miles of roads throughout the region, whose upgrade and improvement would serve and enhance the economy of the Delta Region. Designation of DDHS roads segments was done collaboratively by the DRA and each of the States. State DOTs were asked to prioritize improvements as either short (0 - 5 years) , medium (6 - 10 years), or long range (11+ years) and provide generalized cost estimates for each DDHS road segment within their borders. These cost estimates are posted on the DRA web site.

This document provides cost estimates and priorities for DDHS road segment located in Mississippi. None of the prioritized DDHS projects in Mississippi directly serve the 14th Amendment Highway Corridor.

This document provides cost estimates and priorities for DDHS road segments located in Alabama. Three major DDHS corridors in Alabama could potentially serve the 14th Amendment highway Corridor - US 80 from the Mississippi State line to Demopolis; US 80 from I-85 (east of Montgomery to Phenix City, Georgia; and US 84 from the Mississippi State Line to I-65, south of Evergreen.

This is the official FHWA web site which describes the High Priority Corridors HPC), designated by Congress in federal transportation legislation as future additions to the National Highway System (NHS). HPC 6, which was originally designated under Section 1105 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation efficiency Act (ISTEA) (P.L. 102-240), specifies a highway corridor from Meridian, Mississippi to Savannah, Georgia, following the generally alignment of existing US 80.

AARoads.com is an unofficial and unsanctioned website that provides on-line information about existing and possible future roads throughout the United States. Most of the information is factual, although some information regarding future highway corridors incorporates assumptions and assertions made by the authors without any official verification. An example of this is the designation of the 14th Amendment highway as Interstate 14, and its detailed specification of alignment, particularly through Alabama.

This document on the AARoads web site presents the history and proposed alignment for the Congressional High Priority Corridor (HPC) 6, from Meridian, Mississippi to Savannah, GA.

This document on the AARoads web site presents the history and proposed alignment for the 14th Amendment Highway, which it unofficially designates as Interstate 14.
Updated: 04/02/2014
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