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Program A: 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, bridge maintenance and inspection, and maintenance of the highway system, traffic services, permits issuance, weight enforcement, and district operations for construction oversight and maintenance. The program also includes research, research implementation, technology transfer, and consultant contract services. 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

1. In FY 1998-99, the Highways Program will initiate major construction (new location, major widening, reconstruction) on approximately 27 miles of highway and initiate construction for the replacement of approximately 90 bridges.

1 Based on Needs Survey, miles of highway, all construction categories. The threshold values in the Needs Survey were changed this year.

2 Based on this objective only.

2. In FY 1998-99 the Highways Program will initiate major construction on approximately 16 miles of highway in the TIME program.

1 Based on this objective only.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Highways Program will initiate projects to resurface (overlay) approximately 350 miles of highway.

1 Based on Needs Survey, miles of highway, all construction categories. The threshold values in the Needs Survey were changed this year.

2 Based on this objective only.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Highways Program will initiate projects to rehabilitate approximately 24 miles of interstate highway.

1 Based on this objective only.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The Highways Program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, Federal Funds, 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 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.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$160,000

$52,462,072

665

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

5

 

Transfer positions for Environmental Activities and Traffic Services from District Operations

$97,058

$4,210,366

0

 

Carryforward BA-7 for transportation related studies and reduced funding for the Metropolitan Planning Organization Projects

 

 

 

 

 

$257,058

$56,672,438

670

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($97,058)

($97,058)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for Secretary's Emergency Fund (Retained)

($100,000)

($100,000)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for two Emergency Ferry Landings ($100,000)

($60,000)

($60,000)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for West Bank Promenade ($60,000)

$0

($4,113,308)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for transportation related studies and reduced funding for the Metropolitan Planning Organization Projects

$0

($371,333)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$455,682

0

 

Annualization of 1997-'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$390,898

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($313,150)

(20)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$0

($140,748)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$26,976

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$0

($103,720)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund salaries

$0

($220,841)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

($10,000)

0

 

Technical Adjustment for annual dues to Mississippi River Parkway Commission from the Office of Engineering to the Office of the Secretary

$0

($3,323,468)

0

 

Technical Adjustment to move LEAF/3rd Party Financing of computer hardware and software purchases to Management and Finance Program

$0

($849,770)

(9)

 

Technical Adjustment to move Traffic Engineer Planning Unit from Highways to Maintenance and District Field Operations

$0

($750,000)

0

 

Technical Adjustment to move surplus supply funds to the District Program

$0

$1,350,200

0

 

New/Expanded request for second (2nd) year funding for Construction Management System. This computer system will provide better inspections, improve record keeping, provide better claim management and decrease paper work.

 

 

 

 

 

$0

          $48,442,798

641

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($257,058)

$8,229,640

(29)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 84.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 95.5% of the total request ($50,340,398) for this program. The reduction is due to nonrecurring of funding for Carryforward projects which were not completed in fiscal 1995. These are research projects with consultants and various universities. Insurance premiums for the Weights and Standards section previously paid in the Highways Program is transferred to the Maintenance and District Operations Program where this section is currently budgeted. The Personnel Reductions are due to positions that were vacant 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$200,000

 

Professional services for vehicle classification counts to fulfill Federal Highway Administration requirements for data collection on the NHS and HPMS Sample Section

$10,000

 

Contract testing for environment services by environmental laboratories per DEQ and USEPA requirements for wastewater, air and quality and hazardous waste testing

$300

 

Central Materials Lab - Radiation survey of analytical x-ray system to be in compliance with air quality standards

$15,000

 

Central Materials Lab - Inspection and calibration checks for motor fuel pumps statewide

$6,000

 

Payments for furnishing bid, appraisal fees, and expert witness fees

$410,000

 

Training services associated with total quality management, literacy, and technology updates

$617,127

 

Pavement Distress Data Quantification and Analysis Project contracts for state maintained highways and off-system highways belonging to the National Highway System. Collecting pavement distress data which consist of International Roughness Index (IRI), faulting, rutting and differential Global Positioning System (GPS) data, along with crack quantification and classification on approximately 19,600 lane miles of roadway on the state maintained system and the off-system National Highway System (NHS). This information will be used to assist the Department in preparing its annual rehabilitation and priortization roadway program

 

 

$50,000

 

Link Geographical Information System to other agencies

$1,347,924

 

Intermodal Transportation Plans as required by ISTEA (80% Transportation Trust Fund - Regular)

 

 

 

$2,656,351

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$4,015,840

 

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

$249,112

 

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

$140,000

 

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

$353,344

 

Contracts with LSU for Intergraph training, graphics, video, media support, student work program and printing

$5,000

 

Various training development contracts, i.e. LSU Division of Continuing Education - Professional Engineer Review Course, Delgado - Ferry Pilot House Watchman Training, South Louisiana Vo-Tech - Radar Observer and Radar Refresher courses for Ferry Pilots, USL - Wastewater Certification Training Courses

$25,000

 

Contracts with Southern University for Project Management Training

$25,000

 

Contracts with McNeese State University for Project Management Training

$25,000

 

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

$2,226,307

 

Metropolitan Planning Organization - development of long range transportation plans and improvement programs for nine (9) metropolitan areas with population over 50,000

 

 

 

$7,067,603

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$440,099

 

Department of Civil Service - personnel service

$42,614

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program

 

 

 

$482,713

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$735,881

 

Replace buildings, grounds, and general plant equipment. Profilometer, which will be replaced, is a test device used to determine the smoothness of a pavement. Information on smoothness is used both by the Pavement Management Section for determining the quality of the state's pavements and priortization for rehabilitation and by the Research Section to develop new construction techniques and materials and to troubleshoot problem pavements. This request is to replace existing equipment which is no longer serviceable. Federal funds will be used to replace this equipment at an 80/20 ratio. Also, friction Testing Equipment will be purchased, and is used to determine safety of the riding surface based on friction of all interstate and national highway system pavements as required by the federal government to determine friction numbers at accident sites and to determine the safety of existing highway surfaces for prioritizing rehabilitation. This request is to replace existing equipment which is no longer serviceable.

$1,696,357

 

Replace office equipment i.e., personal computers and other associated office equipment

$667,024

 

Replace other obsolete and/or broken beyond repair equipment i.e., cumulative counters, classifiers, aerial camera, etc.

$12,000

 

Concrete work for fork lift access to both warehouses and a loading ramp

$12,000

 

Controlled access security system for the DOTD Annex Building

$18,000

 

Controlled access security system for the DOTD Main Lab Building

$10,000

 

Paint and seal DOTD Annex building exterior

$25,000

 

Paint and seal DOTD Main Lab building exterior

$22,000

 

Replace 15 ton air conditioner unit

$20,000

 

Install ceiling and wall in warehouse area to contain insulation and improve visibility

 

 

 

$3,218,262

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

07 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT


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