The FY 2011–FY 2012 Transportation Enhancement (TE) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) programs are federal transportation funding programs established in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), and reauthorized in 2005 by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
The TE program offers funding opportunities to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation system through 12 eligible categories related to surface transportation. The purpose of the CMAQ program in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area is to fund transportation projects or programs that will reduce emissions of carbon monoxide. The PPACG Board awards projects funded under these programs every two to three years.
The PPACG Board of Directors released the draft list of TE and CMAQ projects to the public for comment in June 2010. The comment period ended in August. The PPACG Transportation Advisory, Air Quality Technical, and Citizen’s Advisory committees will make recommendations to the Board in October, and it is anticipated that the Board will adopt the projects in November 2010.
Below are summaries of the proposed projects.
FY 2011-FY 2012 Transportation Enhancement (TE) Projects
COLORADO SPRINGS (listed in order of priority)
Metro Routes 10/11 Pedestrian/Transit Accessibility
TE Funds Requested (federal): $141,449
Description: This project will construct numerous segments of missing sidewalk, and accessible curb ramps and transit stops along South Nevada Avenue, East Cheyenne Road, West Meadow Drive, and South Corona Street.
Pikes Peak Greenway Improvements: I-25 Underpass to Cottonwood Creek
TE Funds Requested (federal): $415,124
Description: This project improves a one-mile segment of the Pikes Peak Greenway from the I-25 underpass, near north Nevada Avenue and I-25, north to the Cottonwood Creek Bridge at the confluence of Cottonwood and Monument Creeks (adjacent to Corporate Center Drive).
Metro Route 9 Pedestrian/Transit Accessibility and Bicycle Lanes
TE Funds Requested (federal): $641,923
Description: This project will construct missing sidewalks and accessible ramps, and make existing transit stops along Mountain Metro Route 9 – Mount View Lane/Acacia Drive and Meadow Lane between North Nevada Avenue and Austin Bluffs Parkway. It will also complete the missing segment of bicycle lanes on Mount View Lane between North Nevada and Mallow Road.
Metro Route 12 Pedestrian/Transit Accessibility
TE Funds Requested (federal): $283,745
Description: This project will construct numerous segments of missing sidewalk, and accessible curb ramps and transit stops along Mountain Metro Route 12 from the downtown transit facility to Union Boulevard.
EL PASO COUNTY
Gleneagle Pedestrian Improvements
TE Funds Requested (federal): $94,920
Description: The proposed sidewalk will be constructed in the Gleneagle community, located north of Colorado Springs. It will be built along the west side of Gleneagle Drive, south of Jessie Drive, and north of Wuthering Heights Drive. It includes approximately 1,750 linear feet of improvements to include sidewalks, along with multiple drainage/culvert upgrades.
Transit Routes 31 & 22 Pedestrian and ADA Improvements
TE Funds Requested (federal): $120,000
Description: This project includes improvements along the following roadways: SH 85, Center Valley Drive, Camden Boulevard, Fountain Mesa Road, Jimmy Camp Road, Link Road, and Illinois Avenue.
FY 2011-FY 2012 Congestion Mitigation
and Air Quality (CMAQ) Projects
Metro Rides Regional Travel Demand Management Program
CMAQ Funds Requested (federal): $1,300,636
Description: This project will provide ongoing commuter services to employers, schools, and individuals to reduce the demand of single-occupancy vehicle trips by eliminating trips or changing the mode of travel or time of day the trips are made. Several programs developed and operated by Metro Rides include vanpools, carpools, school pools, and marketing activities. Also included in the scope is the development of a new customized, interactive bicycle map. This proposed Web application will allow the public to query and access bicycle routing information for the greater Colorado Springs area.
South Tejon Street/Cheyenne Boulevard/Ramona Avenue/Cascade Avenue Roundabout Conversion Project
CMAQ Funds Requested (federal): $1,307,451
Description: This project will convert the existing signalized intersection of South Tejon Street, Cheyenne Boulevard, Ramona Avenue, and Cascade Avenue to a modern roundabout. The intersecting angles of the existing intersection approaches are difficult for motorists to negotiate as each approach has poor sight distance. Also, Cascade Avenue and South Tejon Street have bicycle lanes that lead to a pinch point requiring bicyclists to merge into the travel lanes without being separated from vehicular traffic. As a result, the intersection creates considerable delay even without significant traffic volumes. The proposed roundabout will improve operations, reduce travel delay, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities through all legs of the intersection.
Traffic Signal Advanced Detection and Timing Upgrades (original description)
CMAQ Funds Requested (federal): $5,824,045
Description: This project includes the implementation of advanced detection technology (ADT) to improve mobility for the entire roadway system by allowing traffic flow on major arterials to continue while reducing the wait time for side street traffic. ADT systems combine vehicle detection hardware with specialized software to allow traffic signal systems to communicate traffic volume patterns between intersections. The project will affect 222 intersections on ten corridors.
Traffic Signal Advanced Detection and Timing Upgrades (revised description)
CMAQ Funds Requested (federal): $3,219,468
Description: Nature of the project is the same as above. The project will affect 164 intersection on six corridors (Academy Boulevard, Powers Boulevard, Union Boulevard, Austin Bluffs Parkway/Garden of the Gods Road, Woodmen Road, and Cimarron Street/Platte Avenue. If there are cost savings in the project, then intersections on Circle Drive will be added.
For more detailed information about these proposed projects, you can view the original applications by clicking on the links below: