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Trans 209.07 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81; corrections in (2), (5) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686. - See PDF for diagram PDF
Trans 209.08 Trans 209.08 Project evaluation and selection criteria. The evaluation and selection of projects shall be directed toward preserving, rehabilitating, and improving the physical condition and serviceability of the state trunk highways and bridges. A combination of both quantitative information and professional judgment shall be used to compare the merits of projects and improvement levels to achieve appropriate statewide consistency. Candidate projects shall be initially evaluated at the region level. At this level, projects are analyzed based on an assessment of local conditions and needs in accordance with the region target mileage guideline and the funding allocation. The candidate projects shall be evaluated by the following criteria where appropriate:
Trans 209.08(1) (1) Accomplishing sufficient surface renewal mileage necessary to preserve system serviceability and rideability. The target level of mileage renewal is established by the pavement serviceability index, pavement age and engineering field evaluation. The goal is to maintain an overall average pavement serviceability index of 3.0.
Trans 209.08(2) (2) Limiting the more extensive reconditioning, reconstruction, and new facility development projects to those projects where the number or severity of deficiencies exceed statewide averages for safety, geometry or capacity, or where roadbeds are so deficient structurally that resurfacing or minor reconditioning is not a feasible alternative.
Trans 209.08(3) (3) Correcting safety problems as defined by accident occurrences and rates exceeding the statewide average or to sites with severe accident potential.
Trans 209.08(4) (4) Maximizing the utilization of existing facilities through use of low capital investment projects or transportation system management techniques such as signalization, channelization, access control, park and ride lots, etc.
Trans 209.08(5) (5) Selectively rehabilitating or replacing, as appropriate, those bridges:
Trans 209.08(5)(a) (a) With posted weight restrictions;
Trans 209.08(5)(b) (b) That cannot be effectively maintained, based on the field inspections and office appraisals;
Trans 209.08(5)(c) (c) That are functionally obsolete (geometric deficiencies of narrow width, restricted clearance, poor alignment, general safety) or expected to become unsatisfactory in structural or condition rating within the program period.
Trans 209.08(6) (6) Considering the project development lead time of 2-10 years and the complexity of the project.
Trans 209.08(7) (7) Utilizing the results of benefit/cost analysis or other cost effectiveness techniques to establish funding priorities for safety projects and for evaluating alternatives and relative merits of competing major projects.
Trans 209.08(8) (8) Determining the extent of public acceptability or local support through such things as informational hearings, local governmental meetings and correspondence.
Trans 209.08(9) (9) Identifying the nature and extent of environmental, energy, social and economic effects on high level recondition and reconstruction projects on an overall basis.
Trans 209.08(10) (10) Determining the community effects and benefits including traffic service, safety, air and noise quality and overall community improvement.
Trans 209.08(11) (11) Identifying the availability of and eligibility for federal, state and local funding to optimize use of all funds.
Trans 209.08(12) (12) Improving system continuity and safety.
Trans 209.08(13) (13) Ensuring compatibility with various local, regional and state plans through cooperation with local units of government, county and regional planning and review agencies and other state agencies.
Trans 209.08 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81; correction in (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686.
Trans 209.09 Trans 209.09 Program development and evaluation.
Trans 209.09(1)(1) The department shall maintain information on a range of alternative dollar level programs. This information illustrates a range of options and offers the secretary, as well as the governor and the legislature, choices as to the appropriate funding levels for the highway program.
Trans 209.09(2) (2) Based on the analysis performed in s. Trans 209.08, the department shall select candidate projects and the appropriate level of improvement. The level of improvement proposed for a candidate project may vary dependent upon the dollar level of the program.
Trans 209.09(3) (3) The department shall accomplish both project level and program level evaluations. Evaluations shall assist in the identification of appropriate projects, improvement levels and program dollar levels.
Trans 209.09(4) (4) The central office shall review and evaluate the region's program recommendations with several iterations of development and review necessary to produce a single statewide program.
Trans 209.09(5) (5) Project level evaluation shall include comparing the extent and severity of deficiencies:
Trans 209.09(5)(a) (a) Between projects;
Trans 209.09(5)(b) (b) To region and state average for such deficiencies;
Trans 209.09(5)(c) (c) To program level average (region and state) for such deficiencies;
Trans 209.09(5)(d) (d) And to the proposed improvement level rationale of Figure 2.
Trans 209.09(6) (6) The department shall accomplish program level evaluation statewide and between regions by evaluating the:
Trans 209.09(6)(a) (a) Extent and severity of project deficiencies corrected;
Trans 209.09(6)(b) (b) Changes in accident and system capacity that result;
Trans 209.09(6)(c) (c) And the environmental and energy implications of the programs.
Trans 209.09(7) (7) The department shall maintain a file of information which specifies the deficiencies of projects analyzed for the program.
Trans 209.09 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81; corrections in (4), (5) (b), (c), (6) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686.
Trans 209.10 Trans 209.10 Program selection. The alternative programs and their costs and benefits shall be documented and reviewed by the secretary who shall select a program level and recommend it to the governor. After the enactment of the biennial budget by the legislature and the governor, the program shall be adjusted to be consistent with the approved funding level for the current biennium.
Trans 209.10 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81.
Trans 209.11 Trans 209.11 Public review.
Trans 209.11(1)(1) The department shall seek public review and comment concerning the program.
Trans 209.11(2) (2) Such review shall include an informational presentation of the proposed program of major projects by the department to all transportation related legislative committees at a time mutually agreeable to the department and the committees prior to February 15 of the odd numbered years.
Trans 209.11(3) (3) After the enactment of the biennial budget, the department shall make the program document available to interested individuals and organizations and will also inform the general public of this availability. Informational hearings shall be held after the release of the program document at times and locations determined by the secretary and publicized through the local media. These hearings shall serve both to inform the public and to obtain reactions for use in the ongoing program development activities.
Trans 209.11(4) (4) The public review of the program shall be supplemented by public reviews of policy and system planning efforts and of individual projects.
Trans 209.11 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81.
Trans 209.12 Trans 209.12 Program recycle. Program development shall be maintained as a continuous process. Upon the completion of one program cycle, a new program development cycle shall begin. Recycling the program normally involves: extending it 2 years; updating data, project alternatives, and project cost estimates; reassessing the underlying policies; and refining methods and procedures.
Trans 209.12 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81.
Trans 209.13 Trans 209.13 Program adjustments. Programs are estimates and are not absolute. Adjustments to the program are necessary due to changes in project design, the time to acquire the right-of-way and obtain the required clearances and completion of the environmental impact statement procedure. These adjustments shall be continual in order to assure the most optimum use of resources. The goal of the adjustments shall be consistent with s. Trans 209.04.
Trans 209.13 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1981, No. 309, eff. 10-1-81.
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