File No. 36178
This rule was published in the June 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Prioritization of New Transportation Capacity Projects
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 36178
Filed: 05/14/2012 10:05:08 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this rule change is to bring the rule into alignment with the Department of Transpiration's strategic initiatives by changing "capacity" to "mobility," to renumber it to place it in Title R940 Transportation Commission, Administration, and to make other technical and stylistic corrections.
Summary of the rule or change:
The change replaces "capacity" with "mobility," renumbers the rule to fall under Title R940 Transportation Commission, Administration," and makes other technical and stylistic changes.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 72-1-201
- Section 72-1-304
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There is no anticipated cost or savings to the state budget because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
There is no anticipated cost or savings to local government because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
There is no anticipated cost or savings to small businesses because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is no anticipated cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no anticipated compliance costs for affected persons because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There is no anticipated fiscal impact on businesses because the change only aligns the language of the rule with the department's strategic initiatives.
John Njord, Executive Director
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John Njord, Executive Director
07]. Transportation, Administration.
07-68]. Prioritization of New Transportation Capacity Projects.
(1) "ADT" means [
A]verage [ D]aily [ T]raffic, which is the volume of traffic on a road, annualized to a daily average.
(2) "Capacity" means the maximum hourly rate at which vehicles reasonably can be expected to traverse a point or a uniform section of a lane or roadway during a given time period under prevailing roadway, traffic, and control conditions.
(3) "Commission" means the Transportation Commission, which is created in [
Utah Code Ann.] Section 72-1-301.
(4) "Economic Development" may include such things as employment growth, employment retention, retail sales, tourism growth, freight movements, tax base increase, and traveler or user cost savings in relation to construction costs.
(5) "Functional Classification" means the description of the road as one of the following:
(a) Rural Interstate;
(b) Rural Other Principal Arterial;
(c) Rural Minor Arterial;
(d) Rural Major Collector;
(e) Urban Interstate;
(f) Urban Other Freeway and Expressway;
(g) Urban Other Principal Arterial;
(h) Urban Minor Arterial;
(i) Urban Collector[
(6) "Major New Capacity Project" means a transportation project that costs more than $5,000,000 and accomplishes any of the following:
(a) Add new roads and interchanges;
(b) Add new lanes;
(c) Modify existing interchange(s) for capacity or economic development purpose.
"MPO" as used in this section means metropolitan planning organization as defined in [
Utah Code Ann.] Section 72-1-208.5.
8]) "Safety" means an analysis of the current safety conditions of a transportation facility. It includes an
analysis of crash rates and crash severity.
9]) "Strategic Goals" means the Utah Department of Transportation [ S]trategic [ G]oals.
0]) "Strategic Initiatives" means the implementation strategies the [ D]epartment will use to achieve the [ "S]trategic [ G]oals[ "].
1]) "Transportation Efficiency" is the roadway attributes such as ADT, [ T]ruck ADT, [ V]olume to [ C]apacity [ R]atio, roadway [ F]unctional [ C]lassification, and [ T]ransportation [ G]rowth.
2]) "Transportation Growth" means the projected percentage of average annual increase in ADT.
3]) "Truck ADT" means the ADT of truck traffic on a road, annualized to a daily average.
4]) "Volume to Capacity Ratio" means the ratio of hourly volume of traffic to capacity for a transportation facility (measure of congestion).
07-68]-2. Authority and Purpose.
Utah Code Ann.]Section 72-1-304, as enacted by Senate Bill 25, 2005 General Session, directs the [ C]ommission, in consultation with the [ D]epartment and the [ M]etropolitan [ P]lanning [ O]rganizations in the [ S]tate, to [ issue] rules that establish a prioritization process for new transportation projects that meet the [ D]epartment's strategic goals. This rule fulfills that directive.
07-68]-3. Application of Strategic Initiatives to Projects.
D]epartment will use the [ S]trategic [ G]oals to guide the process:
(1) The [
D]epartment will first seek to preserve current infrastructure and to optimize the [ capacity of] the existing highway infrastructure before applying funds to increase [ capacity] by adding new lanes.
(2) The [
D]epartment will address means to improve the [ capacity of] the existing system through technology like intelligent transportation systems, access management, transportation demand management, and others.
(3) The [
D]epartment will assess safety through projects addressed in paragraph (1) and (2) above. The [ D]epartment will also target specific highway locations for safety improvements.
(4) Adding new capacity projects will be recommended after considering items in paragraph (1), (2) and (3).
(5) All recommendations will be forwarded to the Transportation Commission for its review/action.
07-68]-4. Prioritization of Major New Capacity Projects List.
(1) Major [
N]ew [ C]apacity [ P]rojects will be compiled from the State of Utah Long Range Transportation Plan.
(2) The list will be first prioritized based upon [
T]ransportation [ E]fficiency [ F]actors, and [ S]afety [ F]actors. Each criterion of these factors will be given a specific weight.
(3) The [
M]ajor [ N]ew [ C]apacity [ P]rojects will be ranked from highest to lowest with priority being assigned to the projects with highest overall rankings.
(4) The [
C]ommission will further evaluate the projects with highest rankings considering contributing components that include other factors such as [ E]conomic [ D]evelopment.
(5) For each [
M]ajor [ N]ew [ C]apacity [ P]roject, the [ D]epartment will provide a description of how completing that project will fulfill the [ D]epartment's strategic goals.
(6) In the final selection process, the [
C]ommission may consider other factors not listed above. Its
decision will be made in a public meeting forum.
07-68]-5. Commission Discretion.
C]ommission, in consultation with the department and with MPOs, may establish additional criteria or use other considerations in prioritizing [ M]ajor [ N]ew [ C]apacity [ P]rojects. If the [ C]ommission prioritizes a project over another project that
has a higher rank under the criteria set forth in R9[ 07-68]-4, the [ C]ommission shall identify the change and the reasons for it,
and accept public comment at one of the public hearings held
pursuant to R9[ 07-68]-7.
07-68]-6. Need for Local Government Participation for Interchanges.
New interchanges for [
E]conomic [ D]evelopment purposes on existing roads will not be included
on the [ M]ajor [ N]ew [ C]apacity [ P]roject list unless the local government with geographical jurisdiction over the interchange location contributes at least 50% of the cost of the interchange from private, local, or other non-UDOT, funds.
07-68]-7. Public Hearings.
Before deciding the final prioritization
list and funding levels, the [
C]ommission shall hold public hearings at locations around
the state to accept public comments on the prioritization process
and on the merits of the projects.
KEY: transportation commission, transportation, roads, capacity
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
June 1, 2006]
Notice of Continuation: December 2, 2010
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 72-1-201
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