Due to incompletion of the FY14-17 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) by MDOT, and consequent delay in Federal approval of the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) TIPs (as incorporated by reference in STIP), BCATS' FY11-14 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is still in effect and has been extended to November 30, 2013. Accordingly, an amendment to the current TIP has been proposed for November BCATS' Committee review & action, and "advertised" by the following notice published in the Battle Creek Enquirer October 22, 2013:
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON
THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement in the eighteenth amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2011-2014 (10/1/10–9/30/14). Any project to be implemented with Federal transportation funds must be identified in the TIP. The proposed amendment adds a 2014 Michigan Dept of Transportation project to relocate three graves from the right-of-way of the northeast quadrant of the M-96 (Helmer Rd)/M-96 (Columbia Ave) intersection, at a total construction phase cost of $203,500 (81.85% Federal Surface Transportation Program, 18.15% State “Michigan Betterment”). Details of the listed project, and of administrative modifications that may be presented with the amendment, can be provided upon request, or may be available online at www.bcatsmpo.org. Discussion and action regarding the proposed amendment will be conducted at the regular meetings of BCATS’ Technical Committee on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, and Policy Committee on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Both meetings begin at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers of Springfield City Hall at 601 Avenue A. Public comment on the amendment is encouraged before or at those meetings; BCATS' regular meetings are open to the public. Comments on the amendment will be accepted for 30 days following publication of this notice. Direct questions and/or comments to: BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037; ph 269-963-1158, fax 269-963-4951, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on approval by BCATS Technical & Policy Committees in July, and approval by Federal funding sources on September 5, 2013, Amendment #17
to BCATS' FY11-14 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is official, and the amended projects are proceeding accordingly. Click here
to view the TIP project list as approved thru Amendment #17.
Amendment #17 was the final opportunity to significantly change current year (FY13) TIP projects. BCATS' policies do allow for minor changes, for cost increases less than 25%, to be made to TIP projects as administrative actions, outside of the formal amendment process. In mid-September MDOT requested additional funds be added to two FY13 projects to assure they could be obligated in FY13 with sufficient funding for full implementation. In response, BCATS' staff:
- added $23,500 to the total construction phase cost of MDOT's 2013 I-194/M-66 @ M-96 project (JN116539), to add a right turn lane onto M-96 (Columbia Ave) from the I-194/M-66 southbound off ramp, bringing the construction phase total cost to $117,500; and
- added $334,438 to the total construction phase cost of MDOT's 2013 I-94BL/M-96 (Michigan Ave) Minor Widening project (JN116545), from Wheatfield Parkway northwestward to Wattles Rd, bringing the construction phase total cost to $1,754,038.
Both the above adjustments qualified to be enacted administratively, and are considered effective immediately upon BCATS's staff action and e-mail notification to appropriate MDOT & FHWA staff on 9/17/13 (JN116539), and 9/18/13 (JN116545).
Check back often on this website for more details, watch for public notices in the Battle Creek Enquirer, and always feel free to contact BCATS staff with any questions or comments.