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Public Works: Building Sustainable Communities

Debbie Leistner, PTP Transportation Planning Manager City of Gainesville, FL


APWA Accredited Agency • Mission: Manage the city’s transportation, stormwater

and solid waste systems to enhance the quality of life for the Gainesville community.


Divisions: Engineering Operations Transportation Planning Traffic Operations Transit Solid Waste

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

• Work of all divisions is interactive to fund, design, construct, operate and maintain the city’s infrastructure


Provide transportation choices Maintain transportation Preserve pavement condition infrastructure Enhance community appearance Increase delivery of public works services


Expand the transportation infrastructure Enhance mobility Safety through signs and markings


Increase bike/ped network by 1 mi/year Increase ADA accessibility by adding curb ramps Preserve pavement condition by maintaining a min. of 70,000 sq.yd./year Increase compliance with retroreflectivity standards Increase long-line pavement markings maintenance Streets cleaned of debris Increase in miles of streets swept Well maintained rights-of-way Increase miles of roadway litter picked Increase in acres of right-of-way mowing Reduce congestion, delays and driver frustration during incident management Increase preventive maintenance of signals to reduce malfunctions and increase safety Use the TMS in incident management Conduct a min. of 40 preventative maintenance calls per year Reduce number of signal malfunction calls Respond to 95% of signal malfunction calls within one hour of notification


• TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: • Traffic studies • Safety studies • Transportation modeling • • Development review Strategic planning • • Inter-agency coordination Grant applications • Bike & Pedestrian program • • GIS CIP •

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 Congestion management Safety Enhanced mobility Connectivity Mode choice


• 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

Development Review

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

Planned Project: SW 62 nd Blvd Connector

Roadway extension from Archer Rd to Newberry Rd 4-lanes with BRT dedicated lanes Cost: $100 million

Projects / Public Involvement

• • • • • • 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

GIS – Infrastructure inventory / data analysis


• TRAFFIC OPERATIONS: • Traffic Management System • Pavement markings • Signs • • Parking operations Parking enforcement •

Current projects:

TMS installation

Replacement of traffic lights with LED Signs inventory Congestion management Safety Enhanced mobility Energy conservation

Traffic Operations - ITS

• • • • 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

ITS – Congestion Management

ITS – Incident Management + Special Events


• 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

RTS: Bus Rapid System

Improved mobility and accessibility Mode choice Reduction in auto dependency

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


• 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

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 City’s redevelopment / revitalization efforts Improves east/west connectivity Cost: $13 million Funded through combination of state and local funds

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

SW 2 nd Ave Reconstruction

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

Depot Park

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


• OPERATIONS: • Roadway & stormwater system maintenance – Mowing – Sidewalk/road repairs – Drainage • • • • Pavement management Construction Street sweeping Mosquito control •

Current efforts (FY10):

12,000 cubic yards of debris collected by sweeping 2,300 acres of ROW mowing Safety Accessibility System preservation Water quality

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.

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


• SOLID WASTE: • Efforts to increase tonnage of recycling – Commercial + Residential – Inspections + Enforcement – Yard waste • Outreach efforts – Adopt-a-street

Current efforts (FY10):

5,000 tons residential recycling (26% of residential disposal)

6,600 tons commercial recycling

– Neighborhood clean-ups

Safety System preservation Water quality


Debbie Leistner [email protected]