January 27, 2016 – The Transportation Policy Committee concurred on initiating the public review process for the 2045 Quad Cities Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Under the Committee’s direction in concert with the Transportation Technical Committee, Bi-State staff have worked for the last 4 years on the plan update. The update is a federal requirement as part of the transportation planning process of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is Bi-State Regional Commission. Five public input meetings are being scheduled for mid-February to roll out the draft plan. The Policy Committee will make a final recommendation to the Bi-State Regional Commission board for approval at their March 2016 meeting.
January 27, 2016 – Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The dates and topics are listed below.
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — 2:00-3:00 p.m.
How to Plan for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs
January 27, 2016 – Laura Berkley, Senior Planner, provided a brief update on the status of the 2016 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – full update. The CEDS is redeveloped every five years. The CEDS must be completed for the region to receive federal funds from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).
The CEDS planning process is a collaborative effort with participation from local governments, economic development organizations, institutions of higher learning, and private businesses. In order to ensure full representation of the region, meetings have been held in each county. A core Bi-State staff of five works closely on the document while another five provide information and review. The CEDS also serves as a unifying economic development strategy that broadly incorporates goals and projects from across the region.
December 2, 2015 – The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and nearly eight miles of corridor improvements. It has been the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region since 1998. It is in need of reconstruction due to crashes, recurring congestion, and significant maintenance. The bridge itself is functionally obsolete with no shoulders. The Iowa bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois bound span in 1959.The 4.3 mile expanded central section of the I-74 Bridge Corridor project from south of Avenue of the Cities to Middle Road has been value engineered to reduce costs and the construction period from 8 to 3.5 years. Design plans for the Iowa portion of the expanded central section are complete and are nearing completion for the Illinois portion of the expanded central section, which will be completed in 2016. The design of the Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road, 3.5 miles in length, will commence in 2016 and should be completed by 2018. All National Environmental Protection Act requirements are complete or being reevaluated due to final plan details, and final design of the central section will be completed in 2016.