Surface Transportation Committee (STC) Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
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Annotated Agenda
1.0 Call to Order by Chairman and Pledge of Allegiance
2.0 Minutes of August 4, 2020 (pp. 2-4)
Action Requested: Approval
3.0 Reviewing Notice of Funding Availability NOFA Applications (Scott Weber) (pp. 5-6)
Staff will review the Surface Transportation Committee-assigned project applications of
the Fiscal Years (FY) 2025-2026 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in a random order.
Applicants will have an opportunity to briefly present their project(s) to the committee.
The focus will be to ensure that the applications are in proper order so that they can
proceed to a final scoring recommendation to the NIRPC Technical Planning Committee
(TPC) no later than January 2021.
4.0 Adjournment. The next STC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at
9:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all
its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability,
marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political
beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public
assistance program.
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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Virtual Meeting
August 4, 2020
Minutes
This meeting was convened as an electronic meeting, pursuant to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order
20-04 and 20-09, extended by Executive Order 20-39. All persons were meeting remotely on a Google
Meet platform that allowed for real time interaction and supported the public’s ability to observe and
record the proceedings. When the agenda item was provided for public comment, this was supported as
well. A roll call was taken to motion and approve the agenda items.
Tom Schmitt called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. In
attendance were Richard Hardaway (Merrillville), Gerald Swets (Saint John), Michael Jabo (Valparaiso),
David Wright (Gary Public Transit), Jeff Huet (Schererville), George Topoll (Union Township), and Kevin
Breitzke (Porter County Surveyor).
NIRPC staff present were Scott Weber, Kevin Polette, Candice Eklund, Peter Kimball, Charles Bradsky,
James Winters, and Flor Baum.
There were no public comments.
The minutes of the February 4, 2020 meeting were approved on motion by George Topoll and second
Richard Hardaway.
Charles Bradsky presented on the plans for the upcoming Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA); the next
open opportunity for eligible applicants to apply for federal funds for surface infrastructure projects. The
NOFA will be open to receive applications from September 11 to October 21. Similar to last year, a
workshop will be conducted on September 29 to discuss any questions regarding the application. NIRPC
staff will also be available for one-on-one assistance. Between November through February, the topical
committees will review the applications. The Technical Planning Committee will meet February 9th to
award the projects. In April of 2021, the TIP is expected to be adopted with all the new projects at the
Commission Meeting. There will be two STC-related program applications: 1) New Roadways, and 2)
Roadway Improvements. Generally, the applications are similar to the Past NOFA. Please see below for
the changes.
In the previous NOFA application, funds were set aside for risk. Now, funds will be set aside
for future PE and ROW.
Question 13A of the programming rules covers group 1, in which $250 thousand per year will
be set aside for PE and ROW. Question 13B of the programming rules covers group 2, in
which $70 thousand per year will be set aside for PE and ROW.
Any project exceeding $6 million and cannot be broken into phases shall be deemed a
Transformative Project. It will be reviewed separately from the other NOFA projects by the
TPC.
All LPA's are to provide uninflated funding requests. NIRPC staff will put together a matrix
and inflate all funding according to historical spending.
Currently, there is no Federal Transportation Highway bill, therefore the funding overview
amounts have not changed.
Planning and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) have their own category.
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The New Roadways section will continue to be reviewed by STC. However, the Land Use
Committee will also give input.
The General Project Information section will be populated with all the risk. This includes, but
is not limited to railroad involvement, ROW needs and type, Regional significance, and NEPA
documentation.
Lastly, the LPAs will submit all project applications and supporting materials through a
Google Form. This has a couple benefits:
A notification will be sent to Charles and the LPA to include what was submitted.
The project's general information will be accessible to the public on a Google
spreadsheet after October 21.
Charles is currently working on the categorical funding targets and other pending business. He is
expected to complete and post all applications on NIRPC's website on the tentative date of September 1.
Scott Weber presented on NIRPC's progress for the upcoming MOVE NWI Congestion Management
Process (CMP), a federally required process. Preparation to adopt MOVE NWI is needed due to the 2011
CMP being outdated. E-commerce has changed the way people purchase goods. The COVID-19
pandemic has also reshaped mode choice. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) have recommended the CMP be updated. MOVE NWI will have passively
collected data coming from several sources, especially big data as opposed to static data that is
currently being used. This will be a shared responsibility between NIRPC and project sponsors. NIRPC
will allocate the resources to acquire and maintain the analytical tools used in MOVE NWI. The Notice of
Funding Availability (NOFA) process will include MOVE NWI as an easy-to-understand checklist to
determine whether a project is categorically exempt or needs to be screened for CMP compliance.
MOVE NWI will follow the federally required 8-step process. This includes identifying and describing data
sources used to measure the performance measures. It also includes analyzing existing conditions, and
noting problems of congestion in Northwestern Indiana, and Identifying and assessing strategies.
Projects will be periodically evaluated. MOVE NWI objectives correspond to a performance measure and
is organized by the NWI 2050 Critical Path. Thirty four (34) strategies (grouped in four (4) categories and
broken down into tiers) derive from NWI 2050, additional stakeholder feedback, and literature review.
Programmed projects into the NIRPC TIP are already adherent to the CMP and need not demonstrate
NWI MOVE adherence. The Surface Transportation Committee (STC) will primarily oversee MOVE NWI
with other committees sharing partial oversight. The draft policy is scheduled to be presented to The
Commission for adoption on September 17. Contact Scott Weber with any questions regarding the
MOVE NWI CMP.
The committee discussed the definition or a set of standards for “transit orientated development,” (TOD).
Scott informed the committee that pg. 50 from the MOVE NWI document refers to TOD. However, the
definition can be improved. Scott will reach out to NIRPC’s Eman Ibrahim for a more detailed definition
of TOD.
Scott Weber updated the committee on Fiscal Years 2021-2022 of the Unified Planning Work Program
(UPWP). The Fiscal Years 2021-2022 Unified Planning Work Program aligns the Commission’s projects
and resources to tasks fitting the NWI 2050 Plan and other Commission priorities. The Surface
Transportation related tasks are planning data collection, in which NIRPC staff gathers and reviews data
from various modes. Traffic count data will be ramped up, and geographic Information Systems (GIS)
support will consist of mapping the collected data, putting into a spatial context. NIRPC will continue to
move forward from the ADA bus stop inventory recently completed and continue to provide support for
the NOFA process maps. NIRPC will continue to use and provide support for community data from the
2020 Census. Performance-based planning activity task will be led by Scott. There will be an interactive
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dashboard on the NIRPC website by the end of this year. NIRPC is also planning to take a more
centralized approach towards asset management planning.
There was no other business to discuss.
The next Surface Transportation Committee meeting is scheduled for November 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in
the NIRPC offices. Scott mentioned that the November meeting falls on election day. On motion by
Richard Hardaway and second by George Topoll, the meeting adjourned at 10:06 a.m.
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Confirm
sent
Timestamp Received Email Address Q1: LPA Group 1
or 2
Q2: Your name Q3: Are you
the ERC?
Q4: If not, please list
the ERC.
Q5: ERC's email address Q6: ERC's phone
number (including
area code)
Committee
assigned to
Q7: What is the
Program Name that
this application is for?
Q8: What funding
type is this project
seeking?
Q10: Amount of
funding
requested
Q11: Give a brief description of the project
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10/21/2020 15:25:12 bcsanyi@reltd.com Chesterton 1 Bob Csanyi No Mark O'Dell, PE modell@chestertonin.org 219-926-2610 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $1,867,935 Implementation of preemption through multi-agencies
Y
10/19/2020 13:58:57 ewolverton@structurepoint.com Crown Point 1 Eric Wolverton No Terry Ciciora tciciora@crownpoint.in.gov 219-662-3242 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $1,350,000
Intersection improvement (roundabout) at US 231 and Delaware Parkway. This intersection has an
extremely high crash rate. The roundabout intersection will increase safety and allow for a better north-
corridor along Delaware Parkway. The roundabout project as well as the improved corridor are a goal of
the City's as identified in their comprehensive plan.
Y
10/21/2020 14:36:50 dcobb@firstgroupengineering.com East Chicago 1 Dennis Cobb No William Allen wallen@eastchicago.com 219-931-8355 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $5,416,125 roadway reconstruction
Y
10/19/2020 15:10:46 ewolverton@structurepoint.com Gary 1 Eric Wolverton No Rachelle Morgan Ceas
a
rceasar@ci.gary.in.us 219-881-1310 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $2,880,000
The project will reconstruct the existing roadway including the installation of new pavement, curb and
gutter, underdrains, and an enclosed storm sewer system. The proposed storm sewer system will be sized
to accommodate all drainage associated with improvements within the road right-of-way.
Y
10/21/2020 15:43:26 salabbas@lochmuellergroup.com Gary 1 Susan Al-Abbas No Rachelle Morgan Ceas
a
rceasar@ci.gary.in.us 219-881-1235 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
CMAQ $928,000 The Gary Signal Improvement Project consists of a traffic study of existing signalized intersections within th
e
Y
10/21/2020 13:59:00 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Griffith 1 Jake Dammarell No Rick Konopasek Rick.Konopasek@griffith.in.gov 219-924-3838 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $3,766,000 Main Street Reconstruction and Colfax Street Intersection Improvements
Y
10/21/2020 14:02:57 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Griffith 1 Jake Dammarell No Rick Konopasek rick.konopasek@griffith.in.gov 219-924-3838 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $1,333,620 Broad St. and Avenue H Intersection Improvement Project
Y
10/21/2020 12:41:40 ewolverton@structurepoint.com Hammond 1 Eric Wolverton No Dean Button & Mark G
o
gordishm@gohammond.com 219-853-6336 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $3,285,000
The project will reconstruct Summer Street from Willis Street to Indianapolis Boulevard, adding capacity by
adding a two-way left-turn lane in the middle of the roadway, while maintaining one lane of travel in each
direction.
Y
10/21/2020 14:45:02 dcobb@firstgroupengineering.com Hammond 1 Dennis Cobb No Mark Gordish ggordish@gohammond.com 219-853-6336 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $4,160,625 Columbia Ave road rehabilitation
Y
10/21/2020 14:14:45 pgralik@cityofhobart.org Hobart 1 Phillip E Gralik Yes pgralik@cityofhobart.org 219-942-8271 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $2,373,855 Reconstruction of Colorado Street at US30
Y 10/21/2020 14:23:08 pgralik@cityofhobart.org Hobart 1 Phillip E Gralik Yes pgralik@cityofhobart.org 219-942-8271 STC/LUC New Roadways STBG $4,435,200 Extension of 83rd Ave to connect to Colorado Street as a relief road for US30.
Y 10/21/2020 15:57:43 pgralik@cityofhobart.org Hobart 1 Phillip E Gralik Yes pgralik@cityofhobart.org 219-942-8271 STC/LUC New Roadways STBG $4,767,840 Extension of 83rd Ave from Harms Rd to Colorado Street as relief road for US30
Y
10/21/2020 14:54:18 snimetz@cityoflaportein.gov La Porte 2 Sarah Nimetz No Nicholas Minich nminich@cityoflaportein.gov 219-362-2327 STC/LUC New Roadways STBG $935,322
Preliminary Engineering on North-South Corridor-Phase 1: US 35-SR 4 in partnership with LaPorte County.
7900 LF of roadway design, engineering, survey work and green infrastructure installation planning.
Y
10/21/2020 16:52:38 snimetz@cityoflaportein.gov La Porte 2 Sarah Nimetz No Nicholas Minich nminich@cityoflaportein.gov 219-362-2327 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $38,238 Emergency Vehicle Preemption
Y
10/21/2020 8:13:23 Alverson.Duane@gmail.com Lake County 1 Duane Alverson Yes Alverda@lakecountyin.org 219-663-0525 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $1,045,625 Replacement of Lake County Bridge #45-00097 Colorado St over Deep River
Y
10/21/2020 14:17:04 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $2,010,760 57th Avenue and Harrison Intersection Improvement Project
Y
10/21/2020 14:44:40 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $1,588,000 Mississippi and 69th Avenue Intersection Improvements
Y
10/21/2020 14:38:23 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
HSIP $3,897,600 Mississippi St. and 79th Avenue Intersection Improvements
Y
10/21/2020 14:47:59 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $1,494,840 Colorado and Harms Road Intersection Improvements
Y
10/21/2020 14:50:20 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $3,389,560 Colorado Street Reconstruction - Harms Rd. to 93rd Ave.
Y
10/21/2020 14:53:21 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $1,300,320 Randolph and 93rd Avenue Intersection Improvements
Y
10/21/2020 14:55:30 jdammarell@bfsengr.com Merrillville 1 Jake Dammarell No Steve King sking@merrillville.in.gov 219-769-3631 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $3,660,160 Randolph St. Reconstruction - US 30 to 93rd Ave.
Y
10/21/2020 11:12:42 danderson@munster.org Munster 1 Dustin Anderson Yes danderson@munster.org 219-836-6905 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG
$3,700,000 Reconstruction of Main Street from Columbia Avenue to Hart Ditch
Y
10/21/2020 14:18:48 skolb@portage-in.com Portage 1 Sandra Kolb Yes Sandra Kolb skolb@portage-in.com 219-764-5745 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
TA $2,475,000
Central Avenue, Phase 2, between Willowcreek Road and Peach Street. Reconstruction of roadway with
added pedestrian facilities.
Y
10/21/2020 14:33:27 skolb@portage-in.com Portage 1 Sandra Kolb Yes skolb@portage-in.com 219-764-5745 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
TA $2,475,000
Central Avenue Phase 2 between Willowcreek Road and Peach Street will reconstruct the existing roadway
adding stormwater infrastructure, curb and gutters, pedestrian facilities and ADA ramps.
Y
10/21/2020 9:38:40 ewolverton@structurepoint.com Porter County 1 Eric Wolverton No Bob Thompson rthompson@porterco.org 219-465-3674 STC/LUC New Roadways STBG $4,293,000
The
Porter
County
Board
of
Commissioners
is
developing
a
federal
-
aid
road
project
to
improve
regional
connectivity and operational traffic flow by providing a direct north-south route in Porter County, generally
between the Valparaiso-Merrillville corridor and downtown Portage. Porter County in coordination with
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), is seeking funding through the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA).
The proposed project is located in Union and Portage Townships, Porter County, Indiana. The project
corridor is located on the Portage and Palmer USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Maps in Sections 35 and 36,
Township 36 North, Range 7 West in Portage Township and Sections 1-2, 10-15, and 22-24, Township 35
North, Range 7 West in Union Township. The area is within the planning boundaries of Northwestern
Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), which consists of three counties in northwest Indiana
(Lake, Porter and LaPorte).
Preliminary corridor studies have identified an approximate 2.5-mile wide corridor generally extending south
to north, between US 30 and the existing intersection of Willowcreek Road and CR 700 and CR 750 W to
the west and CR 475 W to the east, to establish roadway alignment alternatives for the project. Regional
traffic patterns were analyzed as part of the NIRPC Regional Corridor Study (2016) which will be referred to
as “NIRPC 2016 Regional Study” in this document. The study can be found on the NIRPC website at
(https://www.nirpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/RegionalCorridorStudyReport_Final2017.pdf).
The study identified regional roadways with missing links which, if constructed, would improve connectivity
to areas of employment, major interstate highways, metro centers, and dense residential areas. The
extension of Willowcreek Road, from its current terminus at CR 700 N to US 30, was identified as a top
roadway for expansion in NIRPC 2016 Regional Study which emphasized that an extension of the roadway
would reduce congestion on corridors within 5 miles of the proposed extension. Consistent with the 2050
Northwestern Indiana Regional Plan(NWI 2050 Plan), the Willowcreek Road extension would accomplish
the vision for a “Connected ”NWI region by 2050 where NWI people have accessible, safe and equal
opportunities for working, playing, living and learning.
The 2016 NIRPC Regional Study also determined that existing infrastructure has many missing segments
for regional connectivity. Willowcreek Road was identified as one of 22 missing segments in the Regional
Study with a “High” regional significance for employment and housing density. The Willowcreek Road
extension was identified as the number one missing segment in Porter County in the 2016 NIRPC Regional
Study and the third highest in the region. Additionally, during the 2016 NIRPC Regional Study, residents
Y 10/21/2020 13:08:03 tnugent@dlz.com Schererville 1 Trisha Nugent No Jeff Huet jhuet@schererville.org 219-712-1155 STC/LUC New Roadways STBG $5,026,960 A new 4-lane, 4 span bridge for Kennedy Avenue over CN/NS Railroads
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10/21/2020 16:19:39 dcobb@firstgroupengineering.com St John 1 Dennis Cobb No Craig Phillips cphillips@stjohnin.com (219) 365-6043 STC/TPC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $7,026,000 Road rehabilitation, sidewalk on 93rd Avenue from east of Keilman to the Town of Schererville
Y
10/21/2020 16:49:04 cphillips@stjohnin.com St. John 1 Craig Phillips Yes cphillips@stjohnin.com 219-365-6043, option
STC/LUC/
TPC
New Roadways STBG $6,750,000 Extension of Cline Avenue from W. 93rd Avenue to 101st Avenue
Y
10/21/2020 15:16:30 mjabo@valpo.us Valparaiso 1 Michael Jabo Yes 219.462.1161 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
CMAQ $1,786,131 Intersection improvement at SR 130 @ CR 400N (Vale Park Rd) - Roundabout
Y
10/21/2020 15:21:06 mjabo@valpo.us Valparaiso 1 Michael Jabo Yes 219.462.1161 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
CMAQ $2,009,936 Intersection Improvement at Lincolnway @ Campbell St - Roundabout
Y
10/21/2020 21:16:14 mduffy@dlz.com Winfield 1 Michael Duffy No Richard Anderson Jr. randerson@winfield.in.gov 219-662-2665 STC
Roadway / Bridge
Improvement
STBG $1,186,800 Roundabout for 117th Avenue at Randolph Street in the Town of Winfield
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