Baltimore City Freight Corridor, Bikeshare, and Bridge Replacement Projects (2016-2019 TIP Amendments)
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments on updates to the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for six projects from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 through Friday, February 5, 2016. The BRTB will vote on the amendment on Tuesday, February 23 at 9 a.m.
The BRTB voted to approve these amendments on Tuesday, February 23 via BRTB Resolution #16-11.
The 2016-2019 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding. It includes more than $2.5 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.
Amendments occur in the TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation policies. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes.
SOUTHEAST BALTIMORE FREIGHT CORRIDOR PROJECTS
Baltimore City proposed adding three new projects related to the Southeast Baltimore Freight Corridor:
Colgate Creek Bridge Replacement (TIP ID # 12-1609-13)
This project replaces a structurally deficient, functionally obsolete bridge on Broening Highway over Colgate Creek, enabling trucks to reroute away from residential communities and addressing major quality of life issues of area residents. The bridge connects major port terminals, Dundalk and Seagirt, to I-95 and I-695. It operates under-capacity because of deterioration from overweight freight traffic, and holds a Bridge Sufficiency Rating of 42.3 out of 100.
Adding this $22 million project to the TIP allows Baltimore City to utilize $10 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds, with a $10 million match, and $1.6 million in federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, with a $400,000 match.
Keith and Holabird Avenues Improvements (TIP ID # 12-1610-11)
This project seeks to provide safer, more efficient access between the Port of Baltimore and the Interstate System by allowing freight vehicles to utilize Keith Avenue or Holabird Avenue to directly access I-95 and I-895 without going through residential communities.
Adding this $6.2 million project to the TIP allows Baltimore City to utilize $3.64 million in federal STP funds, with a $2.56 million match, for construction and preliminary engineering.
Broening Highway Complete Streets (TIP ID # 12-1611-09)
Complete Streets improvements will be implemented in the residential portion of Broening Highway to further dissuade trucks from traveling through residential neighborhoods, while creating a more walkable and bikeable environment that improves quality of life.
Enhancements between Holabird Avenue and Boston Street may include sidewalk widening, crosswalk and ADA enhancements, a median and bumpouts with stormwater management and/or bio-retention elements, and dedicated bicycle facilities.
This $2.3 million project seeks to use $1.2 million in federal STP funds for construction and preliminary engineering.
CHARM CITY BIKESHARE
Baltimore City also proposed the addition of funding for the Charm City Bikeshare project:
Charm City Bikeshare (Citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements, TIP ID # 12-1217-25)
This amendment adds $1.5 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds for Phase I implementation of the Charm City Bikeshare system. Bikeshare provides access to bicycles for short-distance trips as an alternative to private vehicles and last-mile connections between transit and final destinations, thereby reducing traffic congestion, noise, and air pollution.
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS
Lastly, Baltimore City proposed two bridge replacement projects:
Waterview Avenue/Annapolis Road Bridge Replacements (TIP ID # 12-1202-13)
Replacement of three bridges over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) including:
1. Maisel Street Pedestrian Bridge – Reconstruction meeting ADA width requirements;
2. Waterview Avenue / Annapolis Road Bridge – ADA compliant ramps, a wide sidewalk/bikeway on one side of the bridge, and crosswalk improvements; and
3. Annapolis Road Bridge (located 0.6 miles south of the Waterview Avenue / Annapolis Road Bridge) – Sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the bridge and will meet ADA requirements.
The current Bridge Sufficiency Ratings for the Waterview Avenue / Annapolis Road and Annapolis Road bridges are 50.1 and 45.1 out of 100. Adding these bridge replacement projects to the TIP allows Baltimore City to use $24 million in federal STP funds, with a $6 million match, for a total of $30 million.
Edison Highway Bridge (Citywide Bridge Preservation and Rehabilitation, TIP ID # 12-1030-13)
This amendment provides funding to replace the Edison Highway Bridge over Amtrak tracks, as the bridges’ severely deteriorated support structures are beyond repair and it has a Bridge Sufficiency Rating of 48.4 out of 100.
The $1.7 million project allocates construction funds in the amount of $1.36 million federal STP funds, with $340,000 in matching funds. The project had previously been on hold.
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
A public review period was held from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 through Friday, February 5, 2016. During this time, the BRTB hosted a public meeting on these TIP amendments on Wednesday, February 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with presentations at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.) at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at the Offices @ McHenry Row, 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.
Comments were also welcomed during the Public Comment Opportunity during the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (Meeting Cancelled) and Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9 a.m.
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