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Semi-Annual Reports to WSDOT

Semi-Annual Project Delivery Report
With data from Federal Fiscal Year 2010 Quarters 3 & 4 (April-September 2010 )
Issue VIII, December 2010

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Washington Division has developed the following Project Delivery Report which highlights some of the broad array of activities / initiatives / approvals we perform to assist the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and local agencies in delivering projects.


NORTHWEST (ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON) EVERY DAY COUNTS (EDC) SUMMIT

The EDC Innovation Initiative Summit for the Northwest was held in Vancouver, WA November 30 and December 1, 2010. The Summit was attended by representatives from Federal, State and Local governments, industry associations, MPOs, Tribes, and Tribal Technical Assistance Program offices from the Northwest. The goal of the Summit was to explain the 8 (eight) initiatives associated with shortening project delivery, 5 (five) initiatives related to accelerating technology/innovation, and the 2 (two) initiatives intended to accelerate project delivery, determine the status of activities in each State related to the initiatives, begin to identify which initiatives the State would attempt to deploy, identify barriers to deploying initiatives, identify other stakeholders that should be invited to participate in the EDC deployment effort, begin to identify teams that would lead deployment efforts.

The Summit opening plenary session included a videotaped greeting and EDC Vision statement by Administrator Mendez. Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau presented the EDC Model and explained the anticipated Summit Outcomes. John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, discussed the benefits of deploying the EDC initiatives to the States and local agencies. After the initial plenary session there were breakout sessions for each of the initiatives in which the technical experts from FHWA explained the initiative in detail. There was also discussion during these sessions about barriers to implementing the initiatives.

The States had a second chance to meet with, discuss, and ask questions about the 5 technology/innovation initiatives. At the end of the Summit, each State was asked to meet and discuss each of the initiatives, determine which initiatives they are already doing, which ones they would not attempt to deploy, begin a discussion about what other stakeholders need to be involved, and what needs to be done to further advance initiatives that need more effort. Participants were given an opportunity to identify initiatives that were missing from EDC.

The Washington state caucus concluded that we have deployed the majority of the initiatives; however, there are several that need more effort. There were several suggestions for additional initiatives, most notably investigating flexibilities for advanced acquisition of right-of-way parcels.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Activity Emblem AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) AND TIGER ACTIVITIES

 

FHWA Steps Up to Help NSC Project Move Forward

The US 395 North Spokane Corridor (NSC) project in Spokane County was one of two projects In Washington state to receive a TIGER grant. This project will build 3.7 miles of southbound US 395 from Francis Avenue to Farwell Road to complement the existing northbound lanes. The full project, once completed, will provide a necessary north/south link between I-90 and existing US 2 and US 395 to reduce congestion, increase mobility and enhance safety.

The NSC has a long history. Since the start of NEPA in 1988, a Record of Decision (ROD) was completed in November 1997 and a Supplemental ROD in November 2000. This TIGER project had a re-evaluation approved in February 2009 and was submitted for the grant in early September 2009. In late September 2009 a new guidance concerning Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) was published. This guidance was not followed which resulted in a lawsuit. Prior to this project being authorized for construction, FHWA staff from HQ and Resource Center, in consultation with Washington State DOT and Spokane Regional Transportation Council and other partners, conducted the necessary studies, which confirmed there were no significant impacts to the corridor. Although this analysis was not done previously, the outcome did not change and the lawsuit was settled. The project is currently under construction.

Approval of Documented Categorical Exclusions

This chart shows the timeliness of approval of documented categorical exclusions (DCEs) semi-annually from FY2007 to FY2010.

As the chart depicts, we are approving the vast majority of DCEs within the first 10 days of receipt.

OTHER APPROVALS/ACTIONS

Environmental Document Approvals

Design Approvals

Design Deviations

Access Actions

ACTIVE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND FHWA'S ROLE IN HELPING MAKING IT HAPPEN

WSDOT turned on the state's first Active Traffic Management (AcTM) system, or Smarter Highways, on northbound I-5 near Boeing Field on August 10, 2010. Washington is the second state, after Minnesota, to deploy an AcTM system in the U.S. AcTM has proven effective in reducing crashes and congestion in multiple countries in Europe over the past decade. The initial seed for AcTM in Washington state was planted during the 2006 Congestion Management International Scan Tour, sponsored by FHWA, of which representatives from WSDOT and PSRC attended. FHWA also funded and participated in the development of the Washington AcTM Feasibility Study in 2007. Since the announcement of the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) award to WSDOT, Puget Sound Regional Council and King County in 2007, which includes full funding for the AcTM systems on SR 520 and I-90 over Lake Washington, the Washington Division has worked closely with WSDOT on the development of these AcTM projects. The Washington Division conducted inspections of the AcTM construction on I-5, sign testing facility, and software development in the Traffic Management Center and also played a key coordination role in FHWA's approval of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) experimental use request for AcTM signing. Overall, FHWA, and in particular the Washington Division, is proud to be a partner with WSDOT in the planning and deployment of AcTM in Washington and looks forward to sharing these projects as innovative best practices for other states to follow.


Approval of R/W Cert 3s - This chart shows the timeliness of approval for right-of-way (R/W) Certifications 3 (Cert. 3s) • A Cert. 3 occurs for parcels where not all rights have been obtained or there may be some displacees remaining. • Our goal is to take action on / approve 90% of certification 3s within 10 days of receipt. • Certifications that took longer than 10 days required negotiations that took additional time to finalize.

This chart shows the timeliness of approval for right-of-way (R/W) Certifications 3 (Cert. 3s)

  • A Cert. 3 occurs for parcels where not all rights have been obtained or there may be some displacees remaining.
  • Our goal is to take action on / approve 90% of certification 3s within 10 days of receipt.

Certifications that took longer than 10 days required negotiations that took additional time to finalize.

 

* Approval of certifications 1 and 2 have been delegated to WSDOT.
** In order to authorize the advertisement of a project for construction, the State must certify the R/W has been cleared,
per 23 CFR 635.309.
*** Certification 3s are to be used only in very unusual circumstances.

Timeliness of Authorizations / Modifications
(All Federal-aid Projects Including ARRA)

Number of Days 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
0 to 5 Days 208 780 858 724 1327 1463 1456 943 1451 1645 2261 1936
6 to 10 Days 24 241 307 121 90 101 103 68 175 128 113 131
11 to 15 Days 12 77 109 39 10 22 24 13 37 12 7 18
16 to 20 Days 9 29 34 21 5 3 8 1 18 5 1 3
20 + Days 31 152 68 98 52 15 17 8 16 13 5 1
Totals 284 1279 1376 1003 1484 1604 1608 1033 1697 1803 2387 2089

This table reflects the number of authorizations / modifications approved within certain timeframes since 1999.

  • For FY2010 our approval is at 93%. The 93% exceeded our goal of 90%!

(Note: the FY begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following year.)

This chart shows the timeliness of approval for emergency relief (ER) damage inspection reports. Our goal is to approve 90% of these reports within 10 days of receipt. • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY 2010 we fell 15% short of our goal due to the increase Recovery Act work load and internal staff turnover. • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2010 we fell 7% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 83% of the damage inspection reports within 10 days of receipt. • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY2009 we fell 16% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 74% of the damage inspection reports within 10 days of receipt. • We met our goal of 90% for the 1st/2nd quarters of FY2009.

This chart shows the timeliness of approval for emergency relief (ER) damage inspection reports. Our goal is to approve 90% of these reports within 10 days of receipt.

  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY 2010 we fell 15% short of our goal due to the increase Recovery Act work load and internal staff turnover.
  • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2010 we fell 7% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 83% of the damage inspection reports within 10 days of receipt.
  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY2009 we fell 16% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 74% of the damage inspection reports within 10 days of receipt.
  • We met our goal of 90% for the 1st/2nd quarters of FY2009.

TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT GENERATING ECONOMIC RECOVERY (TIGER)

Photo: US 395 NSC Groundbreaking

On October 20, 2010, the USDOT awarded $45 million to Washington State for the following three TIGER II projects: 1) South Park Bridge in King County ($34 Million); 2) East Foster Wells Road Extension in Franklin County ($1.01 Million); and 3) West Vancouver Freight Access Project in Clark County ($10 Million). Prior to these TIGER II projects, on February 17, 2010, Washington state was the recipient of two TIGER grants: 1) US 395 North Spokane Corridor (NSC) ($35 Million) in Spokane County and 2) Seattle's Mercer Corridor ($30 Million).

Photo: Mercer Corridor Groundbreaking

Both projects are designed to enhance safety, reduce congestion and revitalize economically depressed areas. These projects are currently under construction and held groundbreaking ceremonies in late October that Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation attended.

The Washington Division played a key role in getting the project agreements and performance measures drafted and approved. The NSC was the first TIGER project in the country to go through this process and the Mercer was the third.

The chart shows the timeliness of approval of project authorization/ modifications for the Recovery Act projects.

For FY2010 we approved 317 of the 321 authorizations/modifications within the first 5 days of receipt.

Timeliness of Authorization for Recovery Act Projects
Number of Days 2009 2010
0 to 5 Days 312 317
6 to 10 Days 1 4
11 to 15 Days 0 0
16 to 20 Days 0 0
20 + Days 0 0
Totals 313 32

 

Dan Mathis
Division Administrator
FHWA Washington Division
360-753-9480
Daniel.Mathis@dot.gov
Yamilée P. Volcy
SW and Eastern Regions Area Engineer
FHWA Washington Division
360-753-9552
Yamilee.Volcy@dot.gov
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