TRANSPORTATION

Committees

The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lehigh and Northampton Counties.  The body was formed in 1964 in response to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962, which stated that any urban area with a population exceeding 50,000 must maintain a transportation planning process in order to be eligible for federal transportation funds.

 

The LVTS is comprised of two committees - the Technical Committee and Coordinating Committee.  The Technical Committee is an advisory body to the Coordinating Committee, reviewing plans, programs, and various other items brought before them for review and recommendation to the Coordinating Committee.  The Coordinating Committee is the policy body which formally adopts items reviewed by the Technical Committee.

 

Since 2016, the Freight Advisory Committee has been advisory to the LVTS on all goods movement issues, studies and projects, and the development of a functional and efficient freight system. The Committee will consider the movement of freight to and from manufacturing sites, cities/downtown areas, intermodal facilities, warehouses, and utilities, as well as the region's freight transportation network (i.e., highways, railroads, ports, airports, and pipelines).

COORDINATING COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 9 AM

 Attending the meeting can be done by using this link https://tinyurl.com/LVTS2022mtgs
From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer.

Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling 610-477-5793 and using the Conference ID: 507 799 683#.

AGENDA PACKET

2023 LVTS TIP

Coordinating Committee


next meeting
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

 


Coordinating Committee Voting Members

Chair: Lamont McClure, Executive, Northampton County

Vice Chair: Michael Rebert, PE, PennDOT District 5-0 Executive

Secretary: Becky A. Bradley, AICP, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Executive Director

Matthew Tuerk, City of Allentown
David Petrik (Alt.), City of Allentown

William Reynolds, City of Bethlehem
Michael Alkhal (Alt.), City of Bethlehem

Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., City of Easton
David Hopkins (Alt.), City of Easton

Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County
Richard Molchany (Alt.), Lehigh County

Owen O'Neil, Lehigh and Northampton
Transportation Authority

Thomas Stoudt, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority

Brian Hare, PE, PennDOT Central
Jim Mosca (Alt.), PE, PennDOT Central

 

Meets on the 3rd Wednesday in January, then the third Wednesday of every other month, starting in
February at 9:00 am

December 21, 2022*

* Virtual Meeting

Current Agenda

Technical Committee


next meeting

 

 

Technical Committee Voting Members

Chair: Brendan Cotter, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority

Vice Chair: Ryan Meyer, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority

Secretary: Becky A. Bradley, AICP, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Executive Director

Matthew Tuerk, City of Allentown
Mark Hartney (Alt.), City of Allentown

William Reynolds, City of Bethlehem
Darlene Heller (Alt.), City of Bethlehem

Salvatore J. Panto Jr., City of Easton
David Hopkins (Alt.), City of Easton

Jennifer Ruth, PennDOT District 5-0

David Alas, PennDOT Central

 

Meets on the third Wednesday of every other month, starting in March at 9:00am

November 16, 2022*

 

* Virtual Meeting

  • Previous Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

    AMENDMENT #1, June 15, 2022

    Proposed TIP Amendment #1 309 & Tilghman Interchange Reconstruction – Add Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 funds to the Utility Phase in the amount of $2,101,757 to the current 2021-2024 TIP for utility relocations including a Sunoco gas line, PPL, and various other utilities.

     

    Proposed TIP Amendment #1 consists of programmed projects to fund the 309 & Tilghman Interchange Reconstruction Utility Phase by:

     

    • Assigning $825,000 ($700,000 STU funds and $125,000 State/581 funds) from the Construction Phase on 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction from FFY 2022.  Construction of the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction project will be pushed to FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond to align with anticipated needs as the project undergoes construction.
    • Assigning funds from the Urban Line-Item Reserve Construction Phase in the amount of $981,406 of STU funds from FFY 2022.
    • Assigning $245,351 of State/581 funds from the LVTS Highway and Bridge Line Item for FFY 2022.

     

    Actions will not affect the project delivery schedules or air quality conformity.

     

    AMENDMENT #2, June 15, 2022
    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 US Route 22 from Farmersville Road to State Route 512 – Add Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 funds to the Construction Phase in the amount of $4,991,591 to the current TIP to meet the need for the low bid increase including asphalt, mobilization, guiderail, maintenance and protection of traffic, concrete overlay, concrete median barrier, plus the additional cost of consultant services, state police, and inspection.

     

    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 consists of programmed projects to fund the US Route 22 from Farmersville Road to State Route 512 by:

     

    • Assigning $1,300,000 of NHPP funds from the Construction Phase of 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction from FFY 2022.  Construction of the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction project will be pushed to FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond to align with anticipated needs as the project undergoes construction.
    • Assigning $2,045,677 of NHPP from the LVTS Highway & Bridge Reserve Line Item.
    • Assigning $1,645,914 from various de-obligations returned to the region for reassignment.

     

    Actions will not affect the project delivery schedules or air quality conformity.

     

    AMENDMENT #1, April 20, 2022

    Proposed TIP Amendment #1 Nazareth Pike Resurface – Add Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 Construction Phase in the amount of $1,900,000 to the current 2021-2024 TIP for milling, base repair, Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) ramps, resurfacing and new pavement markings on Nazareth Pike (State Route 191) from Newburg Road in Lower Nazareth Township to North New Street in Nazareth Borough.

     

    Proposed TIP Amendment #1 consists of programming projects to fund the Nazareth Road Resurface by de-obligating $1,900,000 in Construction Phase funds for 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction from FFY 2022 and obligating to FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond to align with anticipated needs as the project undergoes construction and de-obligating funds from the LVTS Highway and Bridge Line-Item Construction Phase in the amount of $1,900,000 from FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond and obligating the funds to FFY 2022 Nazareth Road Resurface project as the source of funding.

     

    Actions will not affect the project delivery schedules or air quality conformity

     

    AMENDMENT #2, April 20, 2022

    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 LVTS Systematic Safety Improvements – Add Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Construction Phase in the amount of $3,369,952 to the current TIP to implement Design/Build improvements to implement systematic type upgrades which may include but not limited to sign upgrades, friction surface treatments, pavement markings, reflective delineation, rumble strips, tree removal (fixed object), and traffic signal backplates at various locations throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 consists of programming projects to fund the LVTS Systematic Safety Improvements by:

    • De-obligating $2,055,667 in Construction Phase funds from SR 29 – Shimersville Hill Safety Improvements for FFY 2022 and obligating $949,200 in FFY 2024 and $1,106,467 in FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond to the SR 29 Shimersville Hill Safety Improvements to align cashflow with LET Date. Project is fully funded, and Year of Expenditure (YOE) is addressed on Draft 2023-2026 TIP.
    • Release of $854,280 in Construction Phase funds for Route 145 Safety Improvements from FFY 2024 as the project received “SPIKE” funds and adjust the State match by adding $55,080 in FFY 2024 to correct the State match percentage. The $854,280 released construction phase funds will be used as a partial source of funds and obligated for FFY 2022 to the LVTS Systemic Improvements Project. The Route 145 Safety Improvements Projects is fully carried on the Draft 2023-2026 TIP.
    • De-obligating $1,519,852 in Construction Phase funds from the Safety Reserve LVTS Line Item in FFY 2022 and $995,820 in FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond as the partial source of funds and obligated for FFY 2022 to the LVTS Systemic Safety improvements project.
    • De-obligating $205,657 in State match for the FFY 2022 Construction Phase of funds for the SR 29 Shimersville Hill Safety Improvements projects and obligating the $205,657 to the Construction Phase funds to LVTS Highway and Bridge Line Item for FFY 2022 and de-obligating $150,000 in Construction Phase funds from the LVTS Highway and Bridge Line Item in FFY 2024 and $110,647 from FFYs 2025-2028 and beyond as source and balancing source to maintain fiscal constraint.

     

    Actions will not affect the project delivery schedules or air quality conformity

     

    AMENDMENT #1, February 16, 2022

    Proposed Amendment #1 Powder Valley Road over Indian Creek – add Federal Fiscal year 2022 Final Design Phase in the amount of $275,000 and Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Right-of-Way Phase in the amount of $100,000 to current TIP.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #1 consists of programming low bid savings from the construction phase of Meadows Road Bridge Removal in the amount of $$91,828 and funds returned to the region for reassignment in the amount or $22,957 , De-obligated funds from the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Final Design Phase of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge in the amount of $121,984 and de-obligated funds from the LVTS Highway & Bridge Line-Item Reserve in the amount of $161,188.

    AMENDMENT #2, February 16, 2022

    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 US Route 22 from Farmersville Road to State Route 512 – increase Construction Phase costs to cover bridge work and anticipated increase in materials costs in the amount of $2,500,000.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #2 consists of de-obligated funds from the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 of the Construction Phase of the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange in the amount of $3,125,000 which will be carried on the Draft 2023-2026 TIP.  $625,000 of the de-obligated funds will be included in the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 in the LVTS Highway & Bridge Line-Item reserve and $2,500,000 of funds will be provided for the bridge work and anticipated materials increase for the US Route 22 from Farmersville Road to State Route 512 Construction Phase.

    AMENDMENT #3, February 16, 2022

    Proposed TIP Amendment #3 State Route 611 Resurface Bucks County Line to Browns Drive – addition of Federal funds due to not having Capital Budget – $1,685,000 increase for Construction to fully cover current estimate for contracted work previously anticipated to be completed by Maintenance forces.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #3 consists of de-obligation of funds from the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction, Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Construction Phase in the amount of $2,200,000 to be added to Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Construction Phase of the State Route 611 Resurface Bucks County Line to Browns Drive, as the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Project is fully carried on the draft 2023 TIP. A de-obligation of State funds from the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction, Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Construction Phase in the amount of $550,000 Funds and a de-obligation of State funds for the State Route 611 Resurface Bucks County Line to Browns Drive in the amount of $515,000 for a total of $1,065,000. Providing $1,065,000 of State Funds to the LVTS Highway & Bridge Line-Item Reserve Construction Phase to maintain fiscal constraint.

    AMENDMENT #4, February 16, 2022

    Preliminary Engineering or Study funds have been added to the following projects to incorporate available Highway Safety Improvement Funds (HSIP):

    Proposed TIP Amendment #4 Cedar Crest Corridor Improvement Study from South Drive to Shrewsbury Road – add the project to the current TIP in the amount of $250,000 in the federal fiscal year 2022 Study Phase to use available Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #4 LVTS On Demand Systemic Safety Improvements – add the project to the current TIP in the amount of $300,000 in the Federal Fiscal year 2022 Preliminary Engineering Phase to use available Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #4 State Route 191 Lower Nazareth Intersection Improvements –add the project to the current TIP in the amount of $600,000 in the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Engineering Phase to use available Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #4 Freemansburg Avenue Safety Improvements - add the project to the current TIP in the amount of $500,000 in the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Engineering Phase to use available Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

    Proposed TIP Amendment #4 consists of an adjustment of $1,833,333 in Federal Fiscal Year 2022 of the State Route 29 – Shimersville Hill Safety Improvements construction phase to align with anticipated need and carried on the draft 2023-2026 TIP with  an addition of $1,666,667 to the construction phase in Federal Fiscal Year 2023 and addition of $166,666 to the construction phase in federal Fiscal year 2024; Release funds from the Route 145 Safety Improvements Construction Phase in the amount of $1,500,000 in Federal Fiscal Year 2023 and $150,000 in Federal Fiscal Year 2024 due to the project receiving spike funds and being carried fully on the draft 2023-2026 TIP; Adjust LVTS Highway & Bridge Line Item Reserve for funds in the Construction Phase in the additional amount of $183,333 in Federal Fiscal Year 2023, Subtract $166,667 in Federal Fiscal Year 2024 and $16,666 in Federal Fiscal Year 2024 as a balancing source to maintain fiscal constraint.

    AMENDMENT #1, August 18, 2021

    Amendment #1 MacArthur Road Resurfacing – quarter mile south of Grape Street to SR 329: $2,100,846.00 increase to meet low bid.

    Amendment #1 consists of programming de-obligated project funds from the construction phase of the US 22 Resurface 309 to I-78 Split project, the construction phase of the Freeway Service Patrol project, the construction phase of the Race Street Resurface project and the construction phase of SR 1015 over Martins Creek project; the adjustment of funds from Urban Reserve Line Items and LVTS Highway & Bridge Reserve; and de-obligations returned to the region for the final design phase of Wire Mill Bridge and the preliminary engineering phase of the US 22 Resurface 15th Street to SR 309 project for the increase of $2,100,846 of construction federal funds to meet the low bid awarded on July 22, 2021.

    AMENDMENT #1, June 16, 2021

    Amendment #1: PA 33 Resurface - Chrin to US 22: $2,048,269 increase to meet low bid.

    AMENDMENT #2, June 16, 2021
    Amendment #2: Meadows Road Bridge Removal: $350,000 increase to advance the removal due to partial collapse.

    TIP AMENDMENT #1 (E-Ballot) - August 18, 2020

    Amendment #1 consists of programming de-obligated project funds from the Tilghman Street Railroad Crossing project and Freeway Service Patrol & Traffic Control Operations; and the adjustment of funds from Urban Reserve Line Items and LVTS Highway & Bridge Reserve Items for increases in National Highway Performance Program and Surface Transportation Urbanized program to advance funds totaling $2,495,000 for the Final Design phase of the 309 & Tilghman Street Interchange Reconstruction project.

    TIP AMENDMENT #2 (E-Ballot) - August 18, 2020

    Amendment #2 consists of programming de-obligated project funds from the Messinger Street Bridge; and the adjustment of funds from the Urban Line Item Reserve and LVTS Highway & Bridge Line Item Reserve for increases in National Highway Performance Program and Surface Transportation Urbanized program to advance funds totaling $2,485,135 for the Preliminary Design phase of the Hill to Hill Bridge project.

    AMENDMENTS - June 3, 2020

    AMENDMENT - DECEMBER 2, 2020

    AMENDMENT - March 4, 2020

    AMENDMENTS - April 1, 2020

    CURRENT 2019-2022 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

The LEHIGH VALLEY TRANSPORTATION STUDY (MPO) is committed to compliance with nondiscrimination requirements of civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies applicable to the programs and activities it administers. Accordingly, the MPO is dedicated to ensuring that program beneficiaries receive public participation opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or economic status.  Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities and the location is reachable by public transit. The MPO will provide auxiliary services for individuals with language, speech, sight or hearing impediments provided the request for assistance is made 14 days prior to the meeting. The MPO will attempt to satisfy other requests, as it is able.  Please make your request for auxiliary services to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission at 610-264-4544. If you believe you have been denied participation opportunities, or otherwise discriminated against in relation to the programs or activities administered by the MPO, you may file a complaint using the procedures provided in our complaint process document or by contacting the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission at 610-264-4544.

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616