Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

11/27/2018

Agenda Report # 57


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Second (2nd) Avenue Streetscape Study

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to enter into a contractual agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to accept Federal/State Transportation Planning Funds to conduct a study of Second (2nd) Avenue (from Manchester Expressway/JR Allen Parkway to 18th Street) to determine if a streetscape is possible along this corridor.

Background: The Second (2nd) Avenue corridor averages 21,000 vehicle trips per day and the purpose of this study is to develop a streetscape plan to enhance the safety, comfort, wayfinding, and visual experience of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The Scope of Work will include landscaping, hard-scape, benches, intersection improvements (crosswalks), streetlights, traffic-calming measures, identify Utilities, and cost associated with each element.

Analysis: The completion of this study will determine if a streetscape is possible along this corridor due to the limited amount of Right-of-Way.

Financial Considerations: Cost of the study is $200,000.00 ($160,000 - 80% Federal) and will be funded through the use of Federal/State Planning Funds allocated to the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS). The 20% match of $40,000.00 will be funded from the OLOST Infrastructure Roads account.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The study will determine future improvements to the Second (2nd) Avenue Corridor. Costs associated with this project will be determined at a later date.

Legal Considerations:The City Attorney has approved this action.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contractual agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to accept the Federal/State Transportation Planning Funds to conduct a study on the 2nd Avenue Corridor.

A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A TRANSPORTATION STUDY OF THE SECOND AVENUE CORRIDOR.

WHEREAS, a study will be conducted to determine what type of streetscape improvements can be made along this corridor that averages 21,000 vehicle trips per day; and,

WHEREAS, the Georgia Department of Transportation has authorized Federal/State Transportation Planning Funds for the Second Avenue Streetscape Study in the amount of $160,000.00, which requires a local match of twenty (20) percent; and,

WHEREAS, the local match of $40,000.00 will be funded from the OLOST Infrastructure Roads account.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a contractual agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to conduct a transportation (streetscape) study on the Second Avenue Corridor in the amount of $200,000.00 and will be funded through the use of Transportation Planning Funds ($160,000.00 - 80%), which requires a twenty percent match ($40,000.00). The 20% local match has been identified in the OLOST Infrastructure Roads account.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2018, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor House voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor