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Program B: Highways

Program Authorization: R.S. 48

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of this program is to develop and maintain a safe, cost-effective and efficient highway system to satisfy the needs of the motoring public. This program provides planning, design, and construction of highways. The goal of this program is to provide the safest, most cost-effective and efficient highway system possible with given resources. This program has one activity, Highways.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The Highways Program is funded with Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, and Statutory Dedications. Interagency Transfer revenue has been received from the Office of Emergency Preparedness for a hurricane evacuation study and from the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality for cooperative research endeavors between the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) and various universities. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are generated from funding for research projects from various national organizations, statewide ferry tolls, damage reimbursement, rentals, and leases, sale of land, buildings and equipment, sale of plans and specifications, from permits for outdoor advertising, collections from the sale of scrap, collections from payment of rental space to install pay phones in rest areas and commissions on pay phones. The Fees & Self-generated Revenues from weight permit fees are to process and attach business logos to DOTD traffic signs along the interstate highways and are budgeted as Statutory Dedications per Act 490, 1995 Regular Session. The remaining source of funding is Statutory Dedications from the Transportation Trust Fund Regular and are revenues from taxes on fuels and vehicle licenses and Transportation Trust Fund-Federal Receipts are from the Federal Highways Administration. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) A federal grant from the IRS through the Federal Highway Administration was not requested for continued funding. In addition, revenues from utility companies-annual permit fee (Permit Utility Fund) are funded as Statutory Dedications.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$62,909,928

1043

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$1,695,476

0

 

Carry forward BA-7 for repair of a crane, stainless steel propellers, paint and cables, a professional services contract to provide statewide training and utilize a computer system that electronically routes and analyzes bridge structures, and other studies and software training classes

$0

$412,469

0

 

Carry forward BA-7 for a study to investigate applicability of intrusion technology

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$65,017,873

1043

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

$0

$562,485

0

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 – 2000

$0

($1,169,899)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

($1,695,476)

0

Nonrecurring carry forward BA-7 for repair of a crane, stainless steel propellers, paint and cables, a professional services contract to provide statewide training and utilize a computer system that electronically routes and analyzes bridge structures, and other studies and software training classes

$0

($412,469)

0

 

Nonrecurring carry forward BA-7 for a study to investigate applicability of intrusion technology

$0

$747,916

0

Salary Base Adjustment

 $0

 $47,090

 0

 

Civil Service Fees

$0

$287,132

0

 

Other Adjustments – To increase salary for maintenance workers as ordered by Civil Service

$0

$400,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – For Weights and Standards insurance for lightning damage repairs

$0

$582,769

15

 

Other Adjustments – For enhanced construction projects

$0

$0

0

 

Other Technical Adjustments - To replace Federal Funds with TTF for Dyed Diesel Fuel Agreement

$0

$1,650,709

6

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - For 3rd year funding of Site Manager Construction Management system to increase efficiency

$0

$50,300

1

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - To improve Highway Rail Crossing

$0

$283,610

6

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - To increase personnel based on design requirements and construction requirements

$0

$146,493

3

 

New and Expanded Adjustments - To expand the project development function to capture increased funding

$0

$115,135

2

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – To develop the Intelligent Transportation System to improve traffic safety

$0

$248,000

4

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – To establish a statewide technical support group to perform repairs and maintenance on bridges and ferries

$0

$70,665

2

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – To increase Statewide Sign Crews

$0

$69,115

1

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – For a Budget Administrator to operate the Cash Management System

         

$0

  $67,001,448

1,083

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,983,575

40

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 103.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 98.8% of the total request ($67,844,679) for this program. The increases are due to funding provided for various new and expanded projects such as the Site Manager Construction Management System, design and construction requirements and project development to capture increased funding.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$50,000

Professional Services contract to restructure and design of DOTD/Federal Highway Agency Procedures and Processing

$10,000

Instrumentation of Pavement Test Section for Accelerated Loading Facility

$10,000

Environmental testing required by DEQ

$15,300

Sampling of materials at manufacturer’s facilities, chemical testing, quarterly calibration of survey meter and calibration of Certified Weights

$6,000

Payments to contract abstractors for title research reports

$436,000

Various training classes for Marine Rescue, Welder Training and Certification, OSHA Safety, Environmental Site Manager, Engineering short courses, Mobil Hydraulic systems maintenance workshops, and National Highway Institute Training Courses for Engineers, and First Responder Training Courses for Engineers

$100,000

Upgrade stability analysis for ferries

 

 

 

$627,300

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$3,675,296

 

Contracts with state universities for research studies on transportation issues. This item is for contract research services with Louisiana Universities having engineering departments to be consistent with LTRC's mission as created by legislation to conduct cooperative research, technology transfer and education for the improvement of the state's transportation system. These funds will be used to support 62 research studies approved in the current work program. Many of the studies are supported with federal reimbursement and self-generated funds

$753,000

 

Contract with Louisiana State University (LSU) to provide technology transfer, safety information, and training support for local governments

$3,000

 

Delgado Community College - Ferry Vessel Watchman Training

$150,000

 

Contracts with University of New Orleans (UNO) for personal computer training

$35,000

 

Contracts with McNeese State University for Project Management Training

$200,000

 

Logo Sign Program Statewide

$25,000

 

Payments to Clerks of court statewide for court reporting fees, etc.

$50,000

 

GeoQuery, Inc. for Jefferson Parish Ferry Landings

$100,000

 

Maintenance of bridges and update Bridge Inspection software

 

 

 

$4,991,296

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$483,444

 

Operating expenses of Civil Service and Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP)

 

 

 

$483,444

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,315,924

 

Replace equipment such as mixers, ovens, a/c units, furnace, etc.

$1,399,344

 

Replace computer equipment such as pc servers, pentium computers and hard drive replacements

$1,071,538

 

Office furniture, scanners, car phone, a lap top computer and personal computers

 

 

 

$3,786,806

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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