The next BCATS Committee meeting is the Technical Committee scheduled for April 12, 2023. The meeting will be at 1:30 pm at Springfield City Hall, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
AMENDMENT #4 - March 2023
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ON TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
THE BATTLE CREEK AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (BCATS) HEREBY GIVES NOTICE of opportunity for public involvement in the 4th amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years (FYs) 2023-2026 (10/1/22–9/30/26), consisting of the following proposed actions:
1) Increasing the cost of a 2023 replacement bus for Marian Burch Adult Day Care, by 64.2% to total $142,051 [80% Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Elderly & Disabled), 20% State of Michigan Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF)];
2) Increasing the cost of 2023 Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT) pavement marking retro-reflectivity readings on selected MDOT Southwest Region trunkline segments, by 28.2% to total $14,101 (90% Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, 10% State of Michigan Betterment “M” funds);
3) Adding 2024 preliminary engineering (PE) and 2026 construction (CON) phases for MDOT bridge preservation - capital scheduled maintenance on M-294 (Beadle Lake Rd) over the Kalamazoo River. PE total $33,933, CON total $222,300; both phases 81.85% Fed Surface Transportation Program (STP), 18.15% State “M” funds;
4) Adding 2025 PE for MDOT bridge replacement on M-89 (Michigan Ave W) over Waubascon Creek. PE total $211,000, CON (scheduled for FY28 beyond current TIP) total $1,408,000; both phases 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% State “M” funds;
5) Modifying the limits and increasing cost of MDOT’s 2023 CON phase for capital preventive maintenance on M-37 (Bedford Rd N) from Creekview Dr north to the county line, on M-66 from Wanadoga Creek north to the county line, and M-78 from M-66 east/northeast to the county line. Limits changed to add M-78 segment northeast thru Barry County then continuing into Eaton County to Bellevue city limits, with increased cost 55.1% to total CON $1,287,000 (81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% State “M” funds;
6) Adding 2025 bridge capital preventive maintenance by the City of Battle Creek on 20th St over the Kalamazoo River. CON total $333,000 (80% Fed Bridge Rehab STP, 15% State “M” funds, 5% City of BC; and
7) Suspending indefinitely MDOT’s $3.6M rehabilitation of the M-96 (Columbia Ave) bridge over I-194/M-66 planned for 2023.
Further details of the above listed changes, and other projects in the TIP, can be provided upon request and may also be found online at www.bcatsmpo.org. Public comment on this TIP amendment is encouraged (and preferred) by e-mail to email@example.com, or within the BCATS public meetings in March (Technical Committee 3/8/23 and Policy Committee 3/22/23); call ahead or check BCATS’ home page at www.bcatsmpo.org for details on attending and participating in those meetings. Comments will be accepted thru Policy Committee action on March 22nd. Direct questions and/or comments to: BCATS, 601 Avenue A, Springfield, MI 49037; phone 269/963-1158, fax 269/963-4951, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
AMENDMENT #3 - December 2022
The third amendment to the current TIP was addressed by the BCATS Committees in December, with local approval 12/14/22 at Policy Committee. The amendment package was transmitted to MDOT for State review and forwarded to Federal officials for final review and approval, granted 1/24/23, for the included projects to proceed as amended. The amendment consisted of the following actions:
1) Adding 2024 preliminary engineering (PE) and construction (CON) phases for durable pavement marking application on 1.09 mile of I-94W from Stone Jug Rd to Renton Rd by the Michigan Dept of Transportation (MDOT). Total estimated costs PE $450, CON $36,900; both 90% Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, 10% State of Michigan Betterment “M” funds.
2) Modifying the CON phase budget of the City of Battle Creek’s 2023 Capital Ave mill & resurface with ADA ramp upgrades, from Rebecca Rd northward to VanBuren St, total $1,770,000, to reduce the local share of $874,453 (49.4%) from the City of Battle Creek, to $321,255 (18.15%). The total Fed Surface Transportation Program (STP) share is set to the maximum 81.85%, $1,448,745;
3) Adding a joint Calhoun County Road Dept (CCRD) & City of BC 2023 resurfacing of North Ave from Roosevelt northward to Morgan. Total estimated cost $543,677, 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% local ($54,328 CCRD, $44,349 City of BC);
4) Moving the CCRD’s resurfacing of S Wattles Rd, from B Dr N to G Dr N, from 2025 to 2023. Total estimated cost $2,024,999, 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% CCRD;
5) Adding the City of Springfield’s 2023 resurfacing of Harmonia Rd, from Evergreen to Helmer. Total estimated cost $659,743, 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% City of Springfield;
6) Adding 2023 capital improvements for Battle Creek Transit, including a shop truck with plow, roof repair, mobile column lift/vehicle hoist, two administrative vehicles, and miscellaneous maintenance equipment. Total estimated cost $485,500, 80% Fed STP, 20% State of Michigan Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF);
7) Adding 2025 resurfacing of Skyline Dr, from Columbia Ave to Hill-Brady Rd, by the City of BC. Total estimated cost $604,765, 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% City of BC; and
8) Adding 2025 resurfacing of B Dr N, from 6½ Mile Rd to Beadle Lake Rd, by the CCRD. Total estimated cost $610,874, 81.85% Fed STP, 18.15% CCRD.
AMENDMENT #2 - September 2022
The second amendment to the current TIP was addressed by the BCATS Committees in September, with local approval 9/28/22 at Policy Committee. The amendment package was transmitted to MDOT for State review and forwarded to Federal officials for final review and approval, granted 10/19/22, for the included projects to proceed as amended. The amendment consisted of the following actions:
1) Increasing the total construction (CON) phase budget of the City of Battle Creek’s FY23 Capital Ave mill & resurface with ADA ramp upgrades, by 53.7% to $1,770,000. The increase reflects the new inclusion of the section from Fairfield to Weeks, establishing the project limits as the contiguous segment of Capital Ave from Rebecca Rd northward to VanBuren St, as well as general inflated costs. Total Federal Surface Transportation Program $895,547; total City of Battle Creek $874,453; and
2) Increasing the total CON budget of the Michigan Dept of Transportation’s FY23 bridge rehabilitation at M-96 (Columbia Ave) over I-194/M-66, by 31.7% to $3,498,460. The increase is mainly due to underestimate of original budget, increase in unit prices, bringing up to standard the ramp terminals, additional work to improve superelevation and cross slope, and crown adjustment. Total Fed Interstate Maintenance & Fed Surface Transportation Program $3,138,822; total State of Michigan Betterment “M” funds $329,821; total City of BC $96,057.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP)
Complete TIP Document Available HERE
FY23-26 TIP Project List from document with Maps
The FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the BCATS area was unanimously approved by both BCATS' Technical and Policy Committees on May 11th and May 25th respectively. The full document was transmitted July 1st to MDOT for State review and was forwarded to Federal officials for final review and approval, granted 9/19/22. The new TIP will go into effect on October 1, 2022, the first day of FY23. The list of projects selected for the FY23-26 TIP was also transmitted July 1st to MDOT through JobNet, the State's online database program for managing transportation improvement projects, and is also now Fed-approved for the selected projects, particularly those planned for FY23 implementation, to proceed after October 1st. The establishment of the new TIP for FY23-26 with FY24-26 projects added to FY23 projects carried over from the previous TIP is considered Amendment #1 to the FY23-26 TIP.
The new TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY DETERMINATION REPORT associated with the development of the BCATS 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program was finalized and is available to view below:
Transportation Conformity Determination Report for the 1997 Ozone NAAQS - Kalamazoo - Battle Creek Limited Orphan Maintenance Area (Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties) - April 2022
Questions about the Report can be directed to BCATS at email@example.com.
BCATS' FY 2023 Unified Work Program (UWP) is available to view at this link. The BCATS Committees acted upon the FY 2023 UWP document in May. The locally approved document was approved and went into effect on October 1, 2022.
2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
BCATS' 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan has been completed and was approved by the BCATS Policy Committee on February 23, 2022. The full 222-page document can be viewed here, or view the Executive Summary here.