Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Funding for Secondary Routes in the Helena Area, Urban Funds

[Update: The City Commission has prioritized Benton Avenue, Henderson Ave, Sixth Avenue, and Eleven Avenue for the use of these funds. The Commission determined it would be better to utilize street utility, gas tax or other funds to establish the South Helena Gateway safety project for Cruse and the Cruse/Cutler/State Intersection due to the small scale of investment needed for that project.]

The Transportation Coordination Committee for the Helena area will be discussing the prioritization of "urban funds" at their September 8th meeting.

Urban Fund Details: 

Map of routes eligible for Urban Funds

From Urban Funds overview provided by MDT.

From Urban Funds overview provided by MDT.

Potential Project for the TCC to consider:
(Draft list provided to City Commission at Admin Meeting August 19, 2015)

Urban Funds: City, County, East Helena, and others on TCC should commit the current reserve of funds and next four years of funds through 2019. This will allow for staff to plan, meet with project partners and to get projects on ground to improve safety and conductivity in our community. As the last dedication of these funds was focused on support of alternative routes for the Custer Interchange and the Interchange itself, more local projects are appropriate and can meet community goals. Other funds from public and private sources may compliment many of these projects.

Potential Projects:
  • South Helena Gateway I; Safety improvements from Cruse Avenue from Park to Cutler $.25-.3m
  • Convert excess right of way to non-motorized facilities, make median a formal park, and improve intersection safety
  • Recreation and public opportunities in area already maintained by parks
  • Model example of green infrastructure
  • Provides substantial safety improvements was demonstrating improved utilization of right-of-way to save costs
  • South Helena Gateway II; West Main Traffic Calming and Safety Improvements: $.25-.75m
  • Improve safety at juncture between Gulches
  • Compliment West Main Project including utility and storm water work in flood plain downtown
  • Allow redirection of much needed gas tax funds to other, non-urban routes
  • Safe Routes to Schools Connections with ADA/Bike/Pedestrian Bridge at Henderson: $.4-.8m
  • Sheltered stairway from east side of bridge to Henderson Path
  • Sidewalks or path to Broadwater Estates and to Waukesha
  • Install curbside sidewalks on one side of Broadway from Capitol to Broadway Tunnel: $.15-.5m
  • Airport Road: $1-1.5m
  • Fix drainage issue with cost match from utilizes impacting ditch
  • Shared use path from Washington to Helena College of north side of road
  • Shared use path from Helena College to Carter on south side of road
  • Safe crossing for trail, consider private contribution to trail in lieu of sidewalks
  • Shared use path one west side of Montana Ave to Lincoln Road; Intersection Improvements between City and Lincoln Road: $.15-.5m
  • Green Capitals concepts for Cruse from Cutler to Broadway or Sixth or 11th: $.25-.75m
  • Look at center median and related concepts for beautification, green infrastructure and safety outlined for Last Chance Gulch between Euclid and Neill
  • Green/Complete Boulevard, Centennial Trail East Improvements on Lyndale: $.1-.3m
  • Safety improvements and road expansion at Benton: $1-1.5m
  • Crossing for Centennial Trail
  • Safety for events and use of public facilities
  • Compliment Quiet Zone investments
  • Signal and Centennial Trail West Crossing at Transfer Station/Carroll College
  • Turning lanes and approaches for neighborhoods and recreation areas
  • Sidewalk installation, traffic calming, and route improvements for Hauser from Benton to Henderson: $.1-.21m
  • Safety and traffic improvements for Urban Route Section of Hauser
  • Explore Green and Complete Streets concept outlined in Greening Capitals Report and storm water amendments to city tree ordinance.
  • Others?
  • Green Meadow intersections?
  • Freeway entrance to Lincoln road?
Potential changes or additions to urban routes in greater Helena area (mid-long term per future changes to urban routes):
  • Additional routes in East Helena and East Helena area
  • Changes to urban routes of Lyndale and Lamborn east of Montana, possibly to Boulder and California
  • Extension of Airport Road to East Helena
  • Other?