Lessons Learned from TIGER projects

Report
TIGER PROGRAM
LESSONS
LEARNED
Great PA/NJ Regional Trail Projects
Presentation to the Circuit Coalition May 15, 2014
Chris Stanford, P.E., PTOE, PMP
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Introduction/Background
• PEC sponsored effort to
improve “the process”
• Baker involved with 4 Tiger
projects
• Transportation Investment
Generating Economic
Recovery (TIGER) grant
program
• $17.2 Million in funding for 7
projects in Philadelphia
Projects
• Schuylkill River Trail
1. Shawmont Ave to Montgomery County line
2. Walnut Street Gateway
3. CSX Pedestrian Bridge
4. Boardwalk from Locust St. to South St.
5. Bartram’s Garden
• East Coast Greenway
6. 58th St. Connector from Bartram’s Garden to Cobbs Creek Trail
7. Delaware Ave./Allegheny Ave. to Lewis St.
Time Analysis
Typical PennDOT Project Development Process:
• Categorical Clearance Evaluation (CEE) Scoping Field
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Safety Review Approval
Preliminary Engineering
CEE Approval
Final Design Engineering
Final Plans, Specifications & Estimate (PS&E)
Bid Letting
Time Analysis
• Environmental Clearance Duration (CEE SFV to CEE
approval)
• Average = 1.8 years
• Overall Design Duration (CEE SFV to Let Date)
• Average = 3.2 years
• Factors Affecting Schedule
• Acquisition of Federal / State Funds
• Environmental Clearance
• PennDOT Review/Approval process
• Completion of Railroad Agreements
Acquisition of Federal/State Funds
(i.e. TAP or PennDOT Multimodal)
• Positive –
Supply 70% -100% Construction funding
• Negative – Federal Highway oversight, Federal
requirements
- Requires PennDOT Requirements and
Approvals
- 30% match or all pre-construction costs
Environmental Clearance
Historic / Cultural Resource Reviews
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Identify potential historic/cultural resources early
• (i.e. parks, historic properties/ structures over 50 years old, etc.)
Recommendations:
• Use CRGIS (crgis.state.pa.org) to identify resources in area
• Identify in RFP
• Gather required data and provide to PennDOT prior to SFV
meeting
Railroad Agreements
Issue: Can delay construction by several months due to
required railroad agreements
Recommendation:
• Start coordination early in process (after SFV meeting)
• Utilize PUC staff
Lessons Learned - City Specific
Recommendations
• Curb Line Changes - City Plan Change and curb stakes
• Sidewalk Bicycling Ordinance – submission/approval by
PCPC & DOS
• Curb Extensions – DOS requires geometry and grading
plans
Recommendations:
• Include above in Scope of Work
Traffic Signals
Issue: Scope of improvements changed late in design
process. ADA requirements changed scope late in the
process
Recommendations:
• Early field meeting with PennDOT, City design,
maintenance and construction staff to determine
improvements
• Identify ADA improvements earlier in process
Overlapping/Adjacent Projects
Issue: PennDOT resurfacing projects and adjacent private
projects result in redesign and extra coordination
Recommendations:
• Identify adjacent projects and work out work limits prior to
construction, if possible
• Contact the City, Municipalities and/or PennDOT to
identify resurfacing and private projects in the area
City / PennDOT Coordination
Issue: Separate plan submissions / separate review
comments.
Recommendations:
• Combined meetings / conference calls with PennDOT and
City reviewers
• Consolidated review comments
Project Management Recommendations
• Scope of work
• Scope contracts in separate parts (i.e. preliminary and final design)
• Environmental
• Include scope for Cultural / Historic research in RFP or use PennDOT
open end contacts
• Consultant selection
• Include PennDOT prequalification as a selection criteria
• Funding
• Use 15%-25% of estimated construction cost for req’d design funding
• Consider a contingency fund
• Inflation of construction costs
• For grants/funding request, add 1%-3% yearly inflation for
construction costs
Project Management Recommendations
• Surveying
• Include $10K-25K per mile for field survey work
• Construction Management/Construction Inspection costs
• Include 10%-17% for CM/CI in cost estimates
• Construction phase services
• Include construction phase services in design contract
• Railroad and PUC coordination
• Include considerable design and construction costs for projects
crossing RR tracks
Conclusion
• TIGER, TAP, Multimodal projects will have a tremendous
positive impact on regional trail network
• Recommendations are designed to streamline and
improve the project development process
Contact Info: Chris Stanford
[email protected]
215-442-5333

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