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1 Public Works: Building Sustainable Communities Debbie Leistner, PTP Transportation Planning Manager City of Gainesville, FL

2 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS APWA Accredited Agency Mission: Manage the citys transportation, stormwater and solid waste systems to enhance the quality of life for the Gainesville community. 6 Divisions: Engineering Operations Transportation Planning Traffic Operations Transit Solid Waste Work of all divisions is interactive to fund, design, construct, operate and maintain the citys infrastructure PW: 163 FTE RTS: 236 FTE Funding sources: General Fund, SMU, SW = $25.6M (59% ops) Other sources: development contribution (TCEA), LOGT, Federal / State allocation, grants

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4 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: Traffic studies Safety studies Transportation modeling Development review Strategic planning Inter-agency coordination Grant applications Bike & Pedestrian program GIS CIP Congestion management Safety Enhanced mobility Connectivity Mode choice Current projects: Ped / Bike safety action plan Neighborhood improvement plan Update of infrastructure inventory Development of tree inventory & management plan Street sweeping zones update TIP update Research of LID techniques for use in CIP

5 Planning Transportation modeling – test of alternatives for roadway design to maximize performance and safety SW 40 th Blvd – 3-lane cross-section SE 4 th St intersection at Williston Rd – add right-turn bay

6 Development Review Added traffic Added facilities and services Proposed Butler Plaza expansion: 1,250 KSF commercial use 200 KSF office use 200 hotel rooms

7 Planned Project: SW 62 nd Blvd Connector Roadway extension from Archer Rd to Newberry Rd 4-lanes with BRT dedicated lanes Cost: $100 million

8 Maximization of creek buffer Restoration of creek banks and integration of debris collection system with site design Compatibility/connectivity with neighborhood Connectivity with 6 th St trail Development of a linear park Integration with Koppers site Projects / Public Involvement

9 GIS – Infrastructure inventory / data analysis

10 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS TRAFFIC OPERATIONS: Traffic Management System Pavement markings Signs Parking operations Parking enforcement Congestion management Safety Enhanced mobility Energy conservation Current projects: TMS installation Replacement of traffic lights with LED Signs inventory

11 Enhanced emergency response for Fire-Rescue and law enforcement Enhanced mass transit through system wide priority control Real time traveler information Enhanced traffic signal coordination improvements Traffic Operations - ITS

12 ITS – Congestion Management

13 ITS – Incident Management + Special Events

14 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM: Last year carried over 9 million riders Total of 34 weekday routes (plus LaterGator & weekend) Planning for implementation of Bus Rapid System (BRT) Planning for the construction of a maintenance facility to accommodate service expansion Planning new transfer station and park-and-ride lots Enhanced mobility Accessibility Mode choice Energy conservation Air quality

15 RTS: Bus Rapid System Improved mobility and accessibility Mode choice Reduction in auto dependency

16 Employee pass program Fleet replacement Biodiesel buses – 100% of fleet Bike racks on buses and stops Improved communications

17 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS ENGINEERING: Capital improvement projects Planning, design and construction Multi-agency coordination: utilities, Community Redevelopment Agency, FDOT, water management districts Cost estimates NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Recent projects: – Depot Avenue – SW 2 nd Avenue – SW 35 th Pl Roundabout Congestion management Safety Enhanced mobility Connectivity Mode choice System preservation Water quality

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19 Depot Avenue Reconstruction Road reconstruction from SW 13 th St to Williston Rd Urban cross-section with center turn lanes, medians, roundabouts, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, lighting Aligned with Citys redevelopment / revitalization efforts Improves east/west connectivity Cost: $13 million Funded through combination of state and local funds

20 NB ApproachEB Approach BEFORE & AFTER: Intersection of Depot Ave & SE 4 th St

21 SW 2 nd Ave Reconstruction

22 Intersection modification at SW 35 th Pl & SW 23 rd Ter

23 Depot Park Creation of stormwater basin; helps achieve the pollutant load reduction and serve as offsite treatment facility to downtown redevelopment

24 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS OPERATIONS: Roadway & stormwater system maintenance – Mowing – Sidewalk/road repairs – Drainage Pavement management Construction Street sweeping Mosquito control Safety Accessibility System preservation Water quality Current efforts (FY10): 12,000 cubic yards of debris collected by sweeping 2,300 acres of ROW mowing

25 Street Sweeping –reduces discharge of pollutants on stormwater system, reduces debris that may clog drains and cause flooding. City has 800 lane miles of paved roadways.

26 Pavement management – annual resurfacing of city streets. Target > 70 PCI. Current cost to upgrade entire system is $30M

27 CITY OF GAINESVILLE PUBLIC WORKS SOLID WASTE: Efforts to increase tonnage of recycling – Commercial + Residential – Inspections + Enforcement – Yard waste Outreach efforts – Adopt-a-street – Neighborhood clean-ups Safety System preservation Water quality Current efforts (FY10): 5,000 tons residential recycling (26% of residential disposal) 6,600 tons commercial recycling

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