LPA Manual & Process Change - Right of Way Acquisition
MoDOT, in conjunction with the LPA Advisory Committee, has recently completed a review of the LPA right of way acquisition process, which has resulted in several process improvements. Changes to the LPA Manual (EPG 220.127.116.11 & 18.104.22.168) have now been updated to reflect these new processes. Effective April 1, 2015 the following will apply to all active LPA projects that have not been issued an A-Date or Notice to Proceed for right of way acquisition:
- A detailed right of way acquisition schedule (Form EPG 22.214.171.124) must be established by the LPA, or its consultant, & reviewed by MoDOT prior to being granted a notice to proceed or an A-Date. We’ve also created an instructions sheet (Form EPG 126.96.36.199A) for how to complete the form and establish each completion date for the schedule.
- The following changes have also been made to the Acquisition Authority Request form (Form 136.8.1):
- The LPA will identify “Who will be responsible for negotiating the right of way”
- MoDOT will identify the “MoDOT Right of Way Employee assigned to this project”
- MoDOT Right of Way Staff will call the LPA’s person who is responsible for the right of way negotiations before an A-Date or NTP is issued to help kick off the acquisition process, & help identify any potential road blocks. The main focus of this call is to build / strengthen relationships between MoDOT’s RW staff & the LPA’s. We’re hoping this will help you feel more comfortable calling MoDOT when you have a right of way related problem or a question.
- Once a right of way schedule is established & a notice to proceed is issued for the project, MoDOT will ensure the LPA is progressing through the process in accordance with the schedule established. This means, if &/or when the time comes to file a condemnation petition, the LPA’s will be required to do so. This doesn’t mean negotiations have to stop at this point, it’s just leading the project into the next step of the process. Many times we’ve found that as soon as the petition was filed, property owners decided to settle.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your MoDOT District LPA contact person. Here is a link to the contact person in your district:
Eastern Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Call for Projects Alert
Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands (EFL) will be accepting Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) applications in order to develop a four year program of projects for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015 through FY2018. Project approvals will be contingent upon availability of funds. EFL will be accepting project applications from the following Midwestern states: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois Indiana and Ohio. The call for projects opens November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. Applications should be submitted via email to EFL.email@example.com by February 15, 2015.
2015 Traffic Engineering Assistance Program Award Announcement!
The LPA Program is pleased to announce the FY2015 TEAP Project Awards.
The Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) allows local public agencies (LPA) to receive engineering assistance for studying traffic engineering problems. LPAs awarded TEAP funding for a traffic safety or operational problem must utilize the LPA On-Call Consultant List to perform the traffic study.
All project sponsors who submitted an application will be receiving an official email over the next week or so informing you of the application status.
2015 TEAP List of Funded Projects
Local public agencies are reimbursed for eligible project costs at a rate of 80 percent with the local agency providing a 20-percent match. Funds administered by MoDOT will provide 80 percent of the TEAP project costs, up to $8,000 per project. If the total cost is greater than $10,000, the local agency can pay more than 20 percent to complete the TEAP project, if desired.
Eligible projects must be able to be completed by fall of 2015.
Notification - LPA On-Call Consultant List
The LPA On-Call Consultant List has been updated following the recent LPA On-Call Consultant solicitation. The LPA On-Call Consultant List was created through a qualifications based selection process. MoDOT together with Missouri’s Local Program Advisory Panel managed the consultant review and selections.
- LPA On-Call Consultant List
- LPA Contact Information regarding consultant selections
- DBE Goals – DBE goals will not be set on individual projects that utilize the on-call consultant list. Consultants will be expected to use DBE subconsultants on these contracts to meet the statewide goal of 13.49%. This programmatic approach is an opportunity for consultants to use innovative ways to meet this goal. If the local program fails to meet the 13.49% goal, MoDOT will consider setting goals on each individual contract.
- For more information on how to utilize the LPA On-Call Consultant List, see EPG 188.8.131.52.3
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