Program Authorization: R.S. 36:507A; R.S. 2:1, 5-17, 81-7, 801-13
This mission of this program is to operate and maintain a safe, cost effective and efficient highway system; maintain and operate the Department's fleet of ferries; and maintain the passenger vehicles and specialized heavy equipment. The goal of this program is to provide cost-effective, quality maintenance to the Louisiana Highways System, its ferries, and its specialized heavy equipment and passenger vehicles to ensure safety and reliability. This program operates largely from nine district offices. This program has two activities, Maintenance and District Operations and Contract Maintenance.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Maintenance and District Operation Program will provide maintenance and other services sufficient to ensure that the overall condition of the highway system does not deteriorate.
1 A rating system with only four categories was reported in Act 18
2. In FY 1999-99, the Maintenance & District Operations Program, through the Contract Maintenance Activity, will begin projects to reseal at least 600 center line miles of highway while supplementing the district maintenance program with other contract maintenance.
3. During FY 1998-99, the Maintenance and District Operations Program will provide over 282,000 ferry crossings (trips) to complete the highway transportation system of the state in locations where no bridges are available.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, and Statutory Dedications. Interagency Transfers are reimbursements from the Department of Public Safety for fuel and oil obtained from DOTD's statewide maintenance units and reimbursement for natural disasters through the Office of Emergency Preparedness. The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are weight enforcement fines, and proceeds from the equipment buy-back program (DOTD has negotiated purchase agreements with vendors that provide a "buy-back" option similar to a lease. Due to the high resale value of certain types of tractors and mowers, this equipment can be purchased and then sold back to the vendor after one year of use with little to no loss in value. The Self-Generated Revenue authority provides for the accounting of the money received from the sales to the vendors), and Administrative Cost charged to Transportation Trust Fund - Regular and Transportation Trust Fund - TIMED projects in the capital outlay budget. Section 9 of Act 45 of 1996 provides that "...for all projects or any previous Capital Outlay Act appropriated to the Department of Transportation and Development, including those administered by cooperative endeavor agreements, up to six percent of each line-item may be used for costs of administering the projects, or for field engineering/construction supervision...". The Fees and 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 Statutory Dedications are Transportation Trust Fund - Regular (TTF-Regular) revenues from taxes on fuels and vehicle licenses and Transportation Trust Fund-Federal (TTF-Federal) receipts from the Federal Highway Administration. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) In addition, revenues from utilities companies - annual permit fee (Permit Utility Fund) are funded as Statutory Dedications.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 89% of the existing operating budget. It represents 94.9% of the total request ($216,799,585) for this program. The decrease is primarily due to the following: funding for Contract Maintenance of $13.4 was moved from operating to the Capital Outlay Budget; FY 97 Contract Maintenance Projects are nonrecurred; Personnel Reductions are due to positions vacant for 1 year or more; and, equipment/major repairs adjustments.
Contract maintenance program for minor overlay, traffic and concrete maintenance, reseal, interstate maintenance, municipal maintenance, emergency repairs, safety and hazard elimination and maintenance resurfacing US 190 (LA 415 - LA 1)
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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