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  County Administrator's Report     17. 17.    
BCC Regular Meeting Budget & Finance Consent  
Meeting Date: 10/20/2016  
Issue:    FDOT Project # 218630-2 (Navy Boulevard Access Management & Beautification) Design Phase Advancement
From: Joy D. Blackmon, P.E.
Department: Public Works  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
Recommendation Concerning the Navy Boulevard Access Management and Beautification Project - Joy D. Blackmon, P.E., Public Works Department Director

That the Board take the following action:

A. Adopt and authorize the Chairman to sign the Resolution Supporting the Advancement of the Design Phase for the Navy Boulevard Access Management and Beautification Project (Project #218630-2) in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Five-Year Work Program; and

B. Approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the Letter of Support to James T. Barfield, P.E., supporting the advancement of the Design Phase for the Navy Boulevard Access Management and Beautification Project from the Florida Department  of Transportation’s (FDOT’s) Fiscal Year 2019 to Fiscal Year 2018.

[Funding:  Design Phase funds are estimated at $1,650,000; however, due to the current Contract with FDOT's consultants for the PD&E Phase, it is anticipated that the design estimate will be drastically reduced as the consultants are required to produce 30% design, 100% survey, and other design tasks.  The exact design amount needed for transfer is expected to be determined by Spring 2017.  Design Phase funds are available and are to be transferred from the Neighborhood and Human Services, Fund 352, LOST III Cost Center]
 
BACKGROUND:
Escambia County Public Works staff was recently approached by FDOT staff regarding the potential of advancing the design phase of the Navy Boulevard Access Management & Beautification Project. Following internal discussions with the District Commissioner and further discussion with the Board, the County agrees and supports the advancement with the understanding that the awarded State of Florida County Incentive Grant Program funds for 50% of the design costs will be reimbursed to the County in Fiscal Year 2019.

The project will provide greatly needed safety improvements to the Navy Boulevard corridor from the Bayou Chico Bridge west to New Warrington Road, and is expected to also provide streetscape enhancements such as dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks, mass transit bus stop improvements, lighting, landscaping, and other pedestrian amenities. The County will transfer to FDOT the full funding amount necessary to design the project prior to Fiscal Year 2018; however, the County will be reimbursed the awarded State of Florida County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) funds for 50% of the design phase cost in Fiscal Year 2019 from FDOT. The County and FDOT will eventually enter into a reimbursable agreement detailing the amount of funds necessary to cover the design costs which the County will transfer to FDOT, and the reimbursement of the CIGP funds once such funds become available in Fiscal Year 2019. It is anticipated that the reimbursable agreement will be executed in Spring 2017.
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
Design Phase funds are estimated at $1,650,000; however, due to the current contract with FDOT's consultants for the PD&E Phase, it is anticipated that the design estimate will be drastically reduced as the consultants are required to produce 30% design, 100% survey, and other design tasks. The exact design amount needed for transfer is expected to be determined by Spring 2017.

Design Phase funds are available and are to be transferred from the Neighborhood and Human Services LOST III Cost Center.
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
Resolution and Letter of Support were reviewed and approved by Kristin Hual, Assistant County Attorney. 
PERSONNEL:
N/A 
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
N/A 
 
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
Upon adoption of the Resolution and signature of the Letter of Support, the Escambia County Public Works staff will coordinate with and submit the documents to FDOT for processing. 

Attachments
Resolution
Letter of Support

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