The Florida Pavement Preservation Council, an affiliate of the National Center for Pavement Preservation, supports education and outreach assistance to local agencies throughout Florida for pavement preservation and asset management. Details are available at: https://www.pavementpreservation.org/councils/florida-ppc/.
TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ROADWAY LIGHTING
Prior to 2000, traffic signals and highway lighting on the state highway system (except limited access highways) were maintained by local agencies. Through a joint effort between FACERS and FDOT, agreements were developed providing for FDOT to reimburse local agencies for the cost of maintaining signals and roadway lighting on the state highway system.
The agreements for maintaining the traffic signals were updated in 2015 and resulted in significant increases in the level of reimbursement to local agencies.
FDOT has initiated a review of the lighting agreement, and a FACERS Committee has been designated to work with FDOT on this issue.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has identified Florida as a “Focus State” for which a concerted effort is being made to address severe highway crashes. Additional resources in the form of training and technical assistance are available from FHWA for state and local agencies. https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/fas/
Florida’s 2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan) reported that 46% of the state’s fatalities occurred on local roads (http://www.fdot.gov/safety/SHSP2016/FDOT_2016SHSP_Final.pdf). Federal Highway Safety Improvement funds are available to address highway safety problems on all public roads, including local roads that are not on the federal highway system. Initiatives at both the federal and state level are aimed at increasing assistance to local agencies to address the highway safety problem.
The Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requires a data driven approach to project selection. At the state level, the FDOT District Safety Engineer is the primary contact for details about how to apply for federal safety funds. FDOT District 7 provides a regular webinar series aimed at local traffic safety. http://www.tampabaytrafficsafety.com/LATSA/SitePages/Home.aspx.
Technical assistance is also available from the T2 Center at the University of Florida. https://www.techtransfer.ce.ufl.edu/t2ctt/default.asp.
Crash data and other resources are available at FDOT’s Safety Portal. http://www.fdot.gov/Safety/11A-SafetyEngineering/SafetyEngineering1.shtm
The Signal Four Analytics Crash Data tool is available to local governments through the GeoPlan Center at University of Florida. https://s4.geoplan.ufl.edu/.
LAP COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
The Local Agency Program (LAP) is the mechanism for administering federally funded highway projects that are implemented by local governments. The LAP Community of Practice has been established to provide a forum for FDOT, FHWA, and Local Agency representatives to address issues related to this program. A major objective of the LAP Community of Practice has been to streamline the process and bring consistency to the administration of projects throughout the state.
The Community of Practice (COP) is managed by FDOT’s State Local Program Administrator. Contact information for FDOT and details about the activities of the COP are available at: http://www.fdot.gov/programmanagement/LAP/LAPCOP/default.shtm. FACERS representatives on the LAP Community of Practice are:
Ramon Gavarrete (Alachua County) email@example.com
Fred Schneider (Lake County) FSchneider@lakecountyfl.gov
Donald West (St. Lucie County) WestD@StLucieco.org
A complete list of committee members is available at: http://www.fdot.gov/programmanagement/LAP/LAPCOP/LAPCoPmembers.shtm
The LAP Community of Practice generally meets quarterly. Two of these meetings are usually face to face at a central location. Other meetings are usually via teleconference. Meeting minutes and status reports are posted on the LAPCOP web site.
FACERS members who have recommendations or requests for input to the committee should contact one of the FACERS committee members or FDOT’s State Local Program Administrator.
Related links are:
LAP Certification: http://www.fdot.gov/programmanagement/LAP/BecomingCertified.shtm
FDOT Contact Management: http://www.fdot.gov/designsupport/ContactDatabase.shtm
Registration in the FDOT’s Contact Management system will allow users to receive direct communications from FDOT in areas of interest such as Local Agency Program.
The Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance (Florida Greenbook) provides the standards governing design, construction, and maintenance of city and county roads in Florida. Mandated by Chapters 20.23(3)(a), 334.044(10)(a), and 336.045, Florida Statutes, and Rule 14-15.002, Florida Administrative Code. The Greenbook is developed and updated by an advisory committee. This advisory committee includes representatives of cities, counties, FDOT, consultants, and various other entities throughout the state. Several FACERS members serve as representatives of their agencies. In addition, FACERS is represented by an associate committee member, Faith Alkhatib (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FDOT’s Design Office is responsible for maintaining the Greenbook and coordinating the work of the committee. The Greenbook document and information about the committee are available at: http://www.fdot.gov/roadway/FloridaGreenbook/FGB.shtm.
In addition, FDOT’s Contact Management/E-Update and Contact Mailer system (http://www.fdot.gov/designsupport/ContactDatabase.shtm) is an area where interested persons can register to be notified of various activities, updates or other information, including the Greenbook.