APWA AZ Newsletter 2015 June
In this issue
2015 Newsletter Sponsors
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
June 17, 2015
July 14, 2015
July 15, 2015
July 23, 2015
*Note: Event dates/times/locations should be verified with appropriate committee chair –See Committee Directory
Another month has gone by and we had a rousing Public Works week this May. Several groups celebrated their involvement in Public Works and we had a Gubernatorial proclamation and several other agencies joined in and celebrated the public works efforts of all the dedicated people that make up our public works community. A thought came to me about how important public works is to all of us. The house you live in would just be a big box without public works supplying all of the conveniences that contribute to our life styles. A special thanks to our utility companies that supply our electricity, water, sewer services natural gas, telephone service, cable and so many other services that many take for granted. Thanks to all the public works employees that issue permits and coordinate so many various elements of our life style. Of course, we cannot forget the transportation people who build and maintain our road system. Although we have many people dedicated to maintenance in Arizona, many jurisdictions have had serious funding issues due to the sweeping of funds and transfer of funding from transportation to other uses. This has resulted in a restriction of scheduled maintenance and deferring maintenance of roadways and the associated items (striping, signs and markers). The pavement condition rating of many Arizona roads has deteriorated rapidly and some of them are in bad condition right now. A good example is I-10 between Quartzite and Phoenix. For those of you who have driven that recently, you know what I am talking about. Raveling, potholes and severe cracking has compromised our Interstate 10 to a point where it is causing issues for those who use it for business purposes hauling freight to Phoenix from California. Let’s hope that our roadways gain the attention they need in the upcoming year!
Moving into the middle of summer, we should be focused on the upcoming APWA Congress. It is only 3 months away. I was invited to speak at the Utility Coordinators meeting by Al Field and briefed them on the Congress and invited them to attend. They were very interested and there will probably be some volunteers coming from that group as well. The excitement is building and I am happy to see it! We should all come together and be a team as we go into the Congress events!!
We have so many things going on and so many efforts to build a good Congress with our APWA National team that it is interesting to watch all of the groups working on their individual elements of the Congress.
Thanks to all of you for making it happen and bring a guest to the next luncheon and let them see what is happening at APWA!
Until next time, have a good June!
2015 Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure
Report By: American Society for Civil Engineers
Infrastructure is all of the systems built to make our lives better and our economy more efficient. Roads, water pipes, dams, railways and much more make up the modern infrastructure you use every day.
So, how is Arizona’s infrastructure doing overall and what needs to be done?
This Report Card builds upon the findings of ASCE’s National Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, most recently published in 2013. Evaluations were based on the following criteria:
2015 Report Card
GPA = C
What You Need to Know About Arizona’s Infrastructure
Drinking Water: C-
Raise the Grade: 5 Key Solutions
See the Industry News section for a story about the City of Phoenix’s Transportation 2050 Plan and their efforts to get the plan approved on August 25th. In the coming months we will highlight other municipalities’ plans to improve infrastructure in their communities.
Connecting Tucson through Downtown Links
Contributed by Kelly Kaysonepheth, HDR
This project, led by HDR as the design engineer, will provide multimodal links (vehicle, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian) between the Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10 (I-10), Broadway Boulevard and the Fourth Avenue shopping district, Downtown and the neighborhoods to its north. It involves three separate construction packages, two of which HDR has successfully delivered with the third currently in final design. The three packages are as follows:
HDR worked with tight space constraints in an urban environment. This project involves completion of the planning and design of the “last mile” of Barraza-Aviation Parkway. A new four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks will connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway to 6th Street and I-10, offering alternative access to Downtown, a new grade-separated railroad crossing, new sidewalks, and a new multi-use path providing enhanced multimodal connections, and approximately 70,000 SF of concrete retaining walls.
These improvements present a number of difficult technical issues including the design and construction of a new UPRR railroad underpass structure over 6th Street, a new Maclovio Barraza Parkway overpass structure at 6th Avenue, 9th Avenue deck plaza over 6th Street east of the UPRR underpass, relocation of the 6th Street alignment into the south end of Dunbar Spring neighborhood, and relocation and enlarging of the 80-year-old Tucson Arroyo box culvert with a new 2-10’x12’ precast and cast-in-place concrete culvert. Improvements to the Tucson Arroyo box culvert (8th Street Drainage project) and new roadway drainage system will remove parts of Downtown from the 100-year floodplain.
This is a high-visibility project with substantial interaction with various stakeholders, neighborhood and merchant groups, client staff, and elected officials. Downtown Links is part of the long-range Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan that was approved by Tucson-area voters in May 2006. All of the projects contained in the plan, including Downtown Links, will be funded by a half-cent transportation sales tax that went into effect on July 1, 2006.
For more information, visit http://downtownlinks.info/.
White Mountain Sponsors: Amec Foster Wheeler ~ APWA Southern Arizona Branch ~ Cardno ~ HDR ~ H&E Equipment Services ~ Jacobs ~Stanley Consultants
Painted Desert Sponsors: Achen-Gardner Construction ~ Civil & Environmental Consultants ~ Engineering and Environment Consultants, Inc. ~ EPS Group ~ Infra-Tech ~ Michael Baker International ~ Speedie and Associates ~ SRP ~ Terracon ~ Wood Patel
CONGRESS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteer Sign-up for the APWA International Public Works Congress & Expo to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center from August 30 to September 2 is open on National’s website!
The 2015 Congress Volunteers sub-committee is preparing for the big push to fill over 500 volunteer slots needed to make Congress a big success! Based on past Congress experience, we anticipate these slots will be filled by over 350 individual volunteers, most of whom will come from your organizations. These volunteers will be needed for such assignments as “Congress Concierge” at the event hotels, checking attendees in and out of educational sessions, way finding around the Convention Center, and assisting vendors and visitors on the exposition floor, among other similar assignments. At times there will be as many as 100 volunteers working.
So, why would you volunteer, and how do you sign up?
The main benefits of volunteering are easy:
1. You get a chance to give back to the profession and your peers by serving them at the premier public works event!
2. When you sign up for a half-day volunteer slot you will get free admission to Congress for the other half-day. If your agency can’t afford to register multiple employees, look at this as a way to get them into the event free by volunteering to work for a half-day.
4. This is an opportunity for you to show the pride we have for our great state of Arizona to public works professionals from all over the world!
3. And best of all, think about the stylish volunteer shirt you get to wear on your day of service – and it’s yours to keep. WOW!
How do you volunteer:
APWA National Volunteers sign up, click here to register: http://www.apwa.net/Meetings/Congress/volunteer/Create
Note: If you plan to have multiple staff volunteer to get them a chance to experience the event, now would be a good time to start scheduling the timing. so everyone isn’t trying to volunteer for the same day. The main days for Congress are Sunday August 30th through Wednesday September 2nd, but we will need some volunteers on Saturday August 29th and Thursday September 3rd as well.
Thank you for supporting APWA!!!
Rebecca Timmer Jeff Kramer
The 2015 Congress Publicity/Exhibit Committee has developed a strategy for promoting Congress at various regional conferences. Members of the committee and/or members of the local/regional associations will attend conferences and meetings to promote Congress by manning a booth, handing out fliers, and answering general questions. If you are planning to attend an upcoming conference or meeting and would like to help us promote Congress, please contact Amanda McGennis email@example.com or Scott Kirchhofer firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 2015 Congress promo booth was at the 2015 AZ Water Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa on May 6-8. Thanks very much to Deborah Muse, Executive Manager of AZ Water Association, for providing us with a great space to feature our special event.
The Committee has acquired some promotional materials for distribution. With the help of David Dancy, APWA Director of Marketing, we have a Save The Date postcard, an Exhibitor Brochure and the 2015 Congress Preview. These promos can be found at the links below and they are free for anyone to print and distribute. Actually, printing and distributing these materials is highly encouraged since we are all on the same team and want to promote Congress as much as possible to maximize the number of exhibitors and attendees.
Since January, members Arizona Chapter APWA and other industry professionals have written articles that promote Arizona. These articles have been featured in APWA email blasts and the APWA Reporter magazine in an effort to build interest in the 2015 Congress. Click the images below to see the May and June promotional articles that were featured in the APWA Reporter.
The following story is among others to come in a series that will highlight what various Arizona municipalities are doing to improve infrastructure in their communities.
Submitted by: Matthew Heil, Public Information Officer, Phoenix Public Transit Department
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Transportation infrastructure and services will be a major topic of discussion this summer as Phoenix residents consider adopting a citywide transportation plan at an election on Aug. 25. Called Transportation 2050, the plan was developed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation during a seven-month process. Drawing on feedback from public meetings, comments at presentations to community groups, and extensive online participation at a specially-created forum, talktransportation.org, the Committee crafted a recommendation that was referred to the ballot by the Phoenix City Council in April
To develop the elements of the plan, an extensive public outreach process was used which reached a wide array of users and residents. Starting with a media launch event on Aug. 12, 2014 led by Phoenix’s mayor and city council, staff from the city’s Public Transit and Street Transportation Department worked to connect with numerous stakeholder groups and provide a variety of engagement opportunities. At its conclusion, staff participated in over 100 events, reaching more than 3,700 residents and generating hundreds of comments in-person, via talktransportation.org and in an online survey on proposed plan elements that received more than 1,000 responses.
These ideas guided the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation in its final recommendation, and shaped what voters will see on the ballot in August. Elements of the citywide transportation plan include improvements to service and infrastructure that touch virtually every neighborhood in Phoenix, and were based both on needs expressed by the public, and projections for Phoenix’s growth over the next 35 years.
These improvements cover a wide array of concerns expressed by residents who drive, bike, walk and ride transit service. Street improvements range from repaving on all the city’s major roadways and the build out of over 1,000 miles of bike lane infrastructure to installation of over 135 miles of sidewalk and 2,000 streetlights. Transit improvements run the gamut, from construction of an additional 42 miles of light rail, and the addition of longer operating hours on bus routes citywide to new bus routes and commuter services along heavily used routes on Thomas and Bell roads, and on 24th Street. Another key aspect of the plan is funding for infrastructure that improves the passenger experience, whether related to better technology such as reloadable fare cards, wi-fi wireless technology on vehicles, and real-time trip planning to shade structures at all bus stops citywide.
Funding for the plan, if approved by Phoenix voters, will come from a change in the city’s sales tax. The current transit tax, which funds almost all of the city’s bus and light rail operations, as well as operation of the city’s Dial-a-Ride services for people with disabilities, is currently 4/10ths of a cent. If the plan is approved, the transit tax would become a transportation tax and be increased to 7/10ths of a cent, or 70 cents on a $100 purchase.
Altogether the funds generated from the tax of 16.7 billion leverage almost half of the plan’s cost, or 14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other elements. Based on action by the city council, the plan also includes a large purchase exemption for single purchases over $10,000. Purchases over $10,000 will not be taxed for the additional 0.3 percent of the plan.
To ensure accountability to and public input from the residents of Phoenix as part of the planning process for the 35 years of the plan, Transportation 2050 requires the appointment of a citizens oversight committee. This group would be appointed by the Mayor and City Council to address street and transit needs, provide oversight on the expenditure of funds, and make recommendations on plan elements and other means of generating revenue for the plan going forward. This could include public-private partnerships and recommendations on innovative financing and funding. If approved by voters, the plan would take effect January 1, 2016.
More information on Transportation 2050 is available at www.talktransportation.org.
This information is provided by the Phoenix Public Transportation Department for educational purposes only.
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, in keeping with its objectives, will award one or more $1,500 scholarships for 2015. Scholarships are presented to deserving students striving to complete educational requirements for a career path in public works. Degrees or Majors in Public Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Works and Water Resources Technology Programs are examples of related fields of study. Career objectives may be in the public or private sector, but in either case must be associated directly or indirectly with public works matters or agencies. The deadline for the application is June 30, 2015.
Please see the attached application for more detailed information.
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: David West, P.E., CFM
With APWA Since: First membership was in 2011
Describe your job responsibilities: As Flood Control District Engineer I am responsible for management of the Flood Control District. This involves the development and implementation the Capital Improvement Plan, oversight of the ALERT Flood Warning System, floodplain management, permitting, drainage review, storm water quality, infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance. The Mohave County Flood Control District maintains a FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) rating of 6 and is an APWA accredited agency.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? My favorite recent project was the Horizon Six – Mockingbird Wash Drainage Improvement Project. The project included a series of five detention basins with a combined storage of approximately 75 acre-feet and a half mile of soil cement channel along with several drop structures and box culverts. I was fortunate to be involved in the project from the conceptualization phase, through design, ROW acquisition, and construction.
Where have your travels taken you?: I have worked in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I recently took and passed the APWA Certified Stormwater Manager exam.
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