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Public Works:
Building Sustainable Communities
Debbie Leistner, PTP
Transportation Planning Manager
City of Gainesville, FL
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
APWA Accredited Agency
• Mission: Manage the city’s transportation, stormwater
and solid waste systems to enhance the quality of life for
the Gainesville community.
• 6 Divisions:
Engineering
Operations
Transportation Planning
Traffic Operations
Transit
Solid Waste
PW: 163 FTE
RTS: 236 FTE
Funding sources: General Fund,
SMU, SW = $25.6M (59% ops)
Other sources: development
contribution (TCEA), LOGT, Federal
/ State allocation, grants
• Work of all divisions is interactive to fund, design,
construct, operate and maintain the city’s infrastructure
Goals
Objectives
Provide transportation Expand the transportation infrastructure
choices
Enhance mobility
Measures
Maintain transportation Preserve pavement condition
infrastructure
Preserve pavement condition by maintaining a min. of
70,000 sq.yd./year
Safety through signs and markings
Increase bike/ped network by 1 mi/year
Increase ADA accessibility by adding curb ramps
Increase compliance with retroreflectivity standards
Increase long-line pavement markings maintenance
Enhance community
appearance
Streets cleaned of debris
Well maintained rights-of-way
Increase in miles of streets swept
Increase miles of roadway litter picked
Increase in acres of right-of-way mowing
Increase delivery of
public works services
Reduce congestion, delays and driver frustration
Use the TMS in incident management
during incident management
Increase preventive maintenance of signals to
Conduct a min. of 40 preventative maintenance calls
reduce malfunctions and increase safety
per year
Reduce number of signal malfunction calls
Respond to 95% of signal malfunction calls within one
hour of notification
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• TRANSPORTATION PLANNING:
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Traffic studies
Safety studies
Transportation modeling
Development review
Strategic planning
Inter-agency coordination
Grant applications
Bike & Pedestrian program
GIS
CIP
Current projects:
• Ped / Bike safety action plan
• Neighborhood improvement
plan
• Update of infrastructure
inventory
• Development of tree inventory
& management plan
• Street sweeping zones update
• TIP update
• Research of LID techniques for
use in CIP
Congestion management
Safety
Enhanced mobility
Connectivity
Mode choice
Planning
• Transportation modeling – test of alternatives for roadway design to
maximize performance and safety
SW 40th Blvd – 3-lane cross-section
SE 4th St intersection at Williston Rd – add right-turn bay
Development Review
Added traffic
Added facilities and services
Proposed Butler Plaza expansion:
1,250 KSF commercial use
200 KSF office use
200 hotel rooms
Planned Project: SW 62nd Blvd Connector
Roadway extension from Archer Rd to Newberry Rd
4-lanes with BRT dedicated lanes
Cost: $100 million
Projects / Public Involvement
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Maximization of creek buffer
Restoration of creek banks and integration of
debris collection system with site design
Compatibility/connectivity with neighborhood
Connectivity with 6th St trail
Development of a linear park
Integration with Koppers site
GIS – Infrastructure inventory / data analysis
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• TRAFFIC OPERATIONS:
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Traffic Management System
Pavement markings
Signs
Parking operations
Parking enforcement
Current projects:
• TMS installation
• Replacement of traffic lights
with LED
• Signs inventory
Congestion management
Safety
Enhanced mobility
Energy conservation
Traffic Operations - ITS
• Enhanced emergency response for Fire-Rescue and law
enforcement
• Enhanced mass transit through system wide priority
control
• Real time traveler information
• Enhanced traffic signal coordination improvements
ITS – Congestion Management
ITS – Incident Management +
Special Events
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM:
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Last year carried over 9 million riders
Total of 34 weekday routes (plus LaterGator & weekend)
Planning for implementation of Bus Rapid System (BRT)
Planning for the construction of a maintenance facility to
accommodate service expansion
• Planning new transfer station and park-and-ride lots
Enhanced mobility
Accessibility
Mode choice
Energy conservation
Air quality
RTS: Bus Rapid System
Improved mobility and accessibility
Mode choice
Reduction in auto dependency
• Employee pass program
• Fleet replacement
• Biodiesel buses – 100% of fleet
• Bike racks on buses and stops
• Improved communications
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• ENGINEERING:
• Capital improvement projects
• Planning, design and construction
• Multi-agency coordination: utilities, Community
Redevelopment Agency, FDOT, water management districts
• Cost estimates
• NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System)
• Recent projects:
– Depot Avenue
– SW 2nd Avenue
– SW 35th Pl Roundabout
Congestion management
Safety
Enhanced mobility
Connectivity
Mode choice
System preservation
Water quality
• Depot Avenue Reconstruction
• Road reconstruction from SW 13th St to Williston Rd
• Urban cross-section with center turn lanes, medians,
roundabouts, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, lighting
• Aligned with City’s redevelopment / revitalization efforts
• Improves east/west connectivity
• Cost: $13 million
• Funded through combination
of state and local funds
BEFORE & AFTER:
Intersection of
Depot Ave & SE 4th St
EB Approach
NB Approach
• SW 2nd Ave Reconstruction
• Intersection modification at SW 35th Pl & SW 23rd Ter
• Depot Park
Creation of stormwater basin; helps achieve the pollutant
load reduction and serve as offsite treatment facility to
downtown redevelopment
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• OPERATIONS:
• Roadway & stormwater system maintenance
– Mowing
– Sidewalk/road repairs
– Drainage
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Pavement management
Construction
Street sweeping
Mosquito control
Current efforts (FY10):
• 12,000 cubic yards of debris
collected by sweeping
• 2,300 acres of ROW mowing
Safety
Accessibility
System preservation
Water quality
• Street Sweeping –reduces discharge of pollutants on
stormwater system, reduces debris that may clog drains and
cause flooding. City has 800 lane miles of paved roadways.
• Pavement management – annual resurfacing of city streets.
Target > 70 PCI. Current cost to upgrade entire system is $30M
CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
• SOLID WASTE:
• Efforts to increase tonnage of recycling
– Commercial + Residential
– Inspections + Enforcement
– Yard waste
• Outreach efforts
– Adopt-a-street
– Neighborhood clean-ups
Current efforts (FY10):
• 5,000 tons residential recycling
(26% of residential disposal)
• 6,600 tons commercial
recycling
Safety
System preservation
Water quality
Questions?
Debbie Leistner
[email protected]

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