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  County Administrator's Report     17. 6.    
BCC Regular Meeting Technical/Public Service Consent  
Meeting Date: 10/20/2016  
Issue:    Longleaf Drive Capacity Project Resolution
From: Joy D. Blackmon, P.E.
Department: Public Works  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
Recommendation Concerning the Florida Department of Transportation Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Five-Year Work Program for the Longleaf Drive Capacity Project - Joy D. Blackmon, P.E., Public Works Department Director

That the Board take the following action:

A. Rescind the Board’s action of May 19, 2016, adopting and authorizing the Chairman to sign the Resolution (R2016-62) supporting the proposed amendments to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Five-Year Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Work Program for the Longleaf Drive Capacity Project (Project #4210143); the proposed amendments are to extend the project limits from Pine Forest Road east to Wymart Road to Pine Forest Road east to Kemp Road, and to amend the actual programmed project phase from construction to design and right-of-way in Fiscal Year 2017; and

B. Adopt and authorize the Chairman to sign the Resolution supporting an amendment to the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT's) Five-Year Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Work Program for the Longleaf Drive Capacity Project (Project #4210143) to extend the eastern project limits from Wymart Road to Kemp Road, and to defer the programmed project phase for construction until FDOT's Fiscal Year 2018 budget cycle. 

[Funding:  Project funds are allocated in LOST III, and the deferral of the programmed construction phase will allow the County to utilize State of Florida Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP) funds on Longleaf Drive]
BACKGROUND:
On May 19, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners adopted and authorized the Chair to sign the Resolution (R2016-62), supporting proposed amendments to the Florida Department of Transportation Five-Year Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Work Program for the Longleaf Drive Capacity Project (Project #4210143). The proposed amendments were to extend the project limits - from Pine Forest Road east to Wymart Road - further east, to Kemp Road, and to amend the actual programmed project phase from construction to design and right-of-way in Fiscal Year 2017.

After recent conversations with FDOT staff regarding the future programming of this project, it has been determined that the County should rescind Resolution R2016-62 and replace it with the current proposed Resolution, which has been amended for clarity. The amendments in the proposed Resolution will allow the County the ability to progress with the project design and right-of-way phases, and upon completion of those phases, will allow FDOT to the properly program the construction phase.

The County initiated the Pinestead-Longleaf Capacity Project in 2005 in order to add necessary capacity to the two roadway segments from Pine Forest Road to US 29 to mitigate for future traffic congestion, provide safety improvements, and provide an effective east-west connector for motorists. The project has received PD&E approval, and is currently at 60% design. Following the April 2014 flood event and the subsequent jail explosion, the County placed the project on hold due to the need of re-allocating county resources to the FEMA repair projects. However, the County is ready to complete the design and real estate acquisition phase for the Pine Forest Road to Kemp Road portion in order to move into the construction phase. 
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
Project funds are allocated in LOST III, and the deferral of the programmed construction phase will allow the County to utilize State of Florida Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP) funds on Longleaf Drive. 
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
Kristin Hual, Assistant County Attorney, has reviewed and signed off on the Resolution.
PERSONNEL:
No additional personnel will be required.
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
N/A
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
Upon approval of the Resolution, Escambia County Public Works staff will transmit a certified copy of the Resolution to FDOT for consideration.

Attachments
Longleaf Reso 051916
BCC Mins 051916
Resolution

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