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Program B: Bridge Trust Operations

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:504, 509; 48:1161-1167

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of this program is to plan, construct, operate, maintain and police certain bridges and ferries. This program's goal is to provide safe and reliable transportation over the Mississippi River as efficiently as possible, and in as pleasant an environment as possible. The two activities in this program are: Crescent City Connection Division, and Sunshine Bridge.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Bridge and Trust Operations Program will operate, maintain, and police the Crescent City Connection Bridge in an efficient and safe manner to accommodate a 0.6% increase in the number of vehicles using the facility. The program will also operate and maintain the Sunshine Bridge in a manner to accommodate a 3.8% increase in the number of vehicles.

2. By the end of FY 1998-99, the Bridge and Trust Operations Program will operate, maintain, and police the Crescent City connection Ferries in an efficient and safe manner to accommodate a 0.6% increase in the number of vehicles using the ferries.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are from tolls collected on the Crescent City Connection Bridge and ferries in the New Orleans area and the Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville. Based upon enacted legislation the tolls on ferries and bridges are scheduled to expire on July 1, 1999. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The federal funds are from the Federal Transit Administration and used for operating expenses.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$15,893,211

278

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$90

0

 

A Means of Financing Substitution to replace Transportation Trust Fund with Fees and Self Generated Revenues

$0

$100,346

0

 

Carryforward BA-7 for engineering and architectural services and funding needed for maintenance of property and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$15,993,557

278

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($4,225)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward to reduce funding for engineering and architectural services and funding needed for maintenance of property and equipment

$0

($96,121)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment(s) for maintenance of buildings and equipment and consultant engineering contracts

$0

($53,874)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$107,712

0

 

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

$0

($455,390)

(19)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$0

$51,441

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($34,065)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$916,043

0

 

Restoration in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$0

($31,355)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitutions - Replace Transportation Trust Fund with Fees and Self-Generated and Federal Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

$0

         $16,501,471

259

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$507,914

(19)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.4% of the total request ($16,649,674) for this program. The decrease is primarily due to the following: Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment, nonrecurring adjustment to reduce funding for engineering and architectural services and funding needed for maintenance of property and equipment. The Personnel Reductions are due to positions that were vacant 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$6,226

 

Auditing services for Sunshine Bridge

$125,000

 

Management consulting regarding toll collections for CCCD

$22,827

 

Management consulting regarding toll collections for Sunshine Bridge

$275,000

 

Naval engineering services for CCCD (to provide naval architecture, marine engineering, related drafting services, field inspection services, all necessary services required to inspect, design and prepare plans and specifications for the retrofit of the M/V Thomas Jefferson

$825,000

 

Consulting engineering services for annual examinations and inspections of the Crescent City Connection Bridges, ferries, and their terminal facilities

$115,000

 

To provide legal requirements for the Crescent City Connection Division for existing Bond Indenture and its administration and the operations and affairs of a legal nature for the Crescent City Connection bridges and ferries

$7,500

 

First National Bank of Commerce - trustee services for CCCD

$25,940

 

The Bank of New York - trustee services for Sunshine Bridge

 

 

 

$1,402,493

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$884,342

 

Contract maintenance for the right-of-way on the West Bank Expressway (elevated and ground level) Route US 90-B, LA 45, and the attenuators for the US 90-B Corridor, and toll boothes of the CCCD and Sunshine Bridge.

$13,212

 

Auditing Services for Crescent City Connections Division (CCCD)

$200,000

 

Landscape & Beautification Project - Act 36 of 1994

 

 

 

$1,097,554

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$247,750

 

Replace 6 police units and 5 3/4 ton pickup trucks

$30,104

 

Replace buildings, grounds, and general plant equipment i.e., pressure washers, heavy duty safety warehouse ladder, sandblasting pot, and work benches

$194,870

 

Replace heavy movable equipment i.e., small bucket truck with larger truck, and Elgin Eagle "F" series high dump, 4-wheel broom sweeper

$2,715

 

Replace office equipment - time date stamp

$2,375

 

Replace 1 boat and pilot chairs

$15,300

 

Replace communication equipment - 9 Kustom Eagle Mobile Radar Units for police vehicles

$59,920

 

Replace other equipment i.e., 25 police bullet proof vest, 6 Kustom Eyewitness Video Cameras, and Tiger "96" Heavy duty flail mower with 115 point hitch

 

 

 

$553,034

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

07 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT


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