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Hit By A Snowstorm And Loss Of Funding: South Campus Entrance

Silver Drive

Silver Dr.: Late-April Snow Storm (photo Gary L Howe)

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Transportation Project Continues To Have Bumps In The Road

Almost no one is completely happy with the South Campus Entrance/Silver Dr. project slated for this fall. The road will bisect two pieces of parkland, it will likely carry more motor vehicles per day and at higher speeds than originally intended, and, for some, the non-motorized trails and boardwalk don’t represent the most cost efficient or effective way to complete the street for all users. And, die-hard motorists likely resent the traffic calming features. I’m over all that.

Finding $$$

The project is moving forward with only minor changes expected from here on out. However, I’m keen to see how the City responds to the recent financial loss of the Grand Vision/TC-TALUS funds (R.Eagle), $300,000 (+/-) of which was recently approved for this $1.3 million project (budget). If you recall, the project was set to go forward without any plan (MyWHaT) or timeline for implementing the non-motorized part of the project. In a great effort and show of leadership by the Joint Recreational Authority, they chose not to approve their part of the project’s slated funds until a solution could be put in place. Out of those meetings a coalition formed to find a solution through money and redesigns and was successful until the financial part of that solution disappeared last week.

It isn’t dooms-day, roads, in particular roads that have so many hopes and dreams tied to them, tend to get funded. There are likely savings to be had via the bidding process, further cost savings in the designs and motivated agencies that may “find the money.” I trust that the community won’t go back to where we started in December (MyWHaT): with a set of drawings but no plan or money to complete the project for all modes.

Money seems to always be found to move cars despite the belly aching of no money by road agencies, and I trust here that that can be done without minimizing the hard work that has already occurred.

Anyone have any insight on the South Campus Entrance/Silver Dr. project? It might be something to keep an eye on.

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  1. Ross Richardson
    April 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

    TC-TALUS met on Tuesday and challenged MDOT (the beneficiary of the $1.9 million Grand Vision implementation funds) to replace all or some of the money, starting with the $300,000 for Silver Drive. Mayor Bzdok commented Monday night that the City would shoulder the burden if it had to. At this time, I believe the project will go forward as planned. Obviously, there’s a whole lot of scrambling going on to fund the project.

  2. Ross Richardson
    April 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Also Gary, great picture. Taken Tuesday afternoon, early in the storm?

  3. April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the meeting report, Ross. There certainly are a lot of meetings to keep up with, so I appreciate reader ‘reportage.’

    Yes, photo taken around 6pm Tues eve. with an iPhone.

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