May 24, 2017 – As part of the Bi-State Regional Commission agency budgeting process, staff annually prepare the Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWPs) for the Quad Cities metropolitan planning area (MPA) and Region 9, serving rural Scott County and Muscatine County. The TPWPs reflect staff work/tasks/activities for the upcoming fiscal year 2018, and include budgets for transportation planning short and long-range activities, delineating federal, state, and local planning funds. Activities include staffing transportation meetings, technical assistance, such as grant writing and traffic or trail studies/analysis, as well as the development of various modal planning and transportation funding programming. These activities represent nearly 50% of the Bi-State Regional Commission budget as a whole, and are supported with matching funds from membership dues.
May 24, 2017 – As part of a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bi-State Regional Commission hosted a 2-hour workshop on May 23, 2017 at the Bettendorf Library to showcase opportunities to incorporate more walkable, bikable, and accessible streets within our region. Representatives from the Active Transportation Alliance spoke on the benefits and myths about what it means to be a “Complete Street.” The non-profit is based in Chicago and advocates creating healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities by advancing walking, bicycling, and transit use in communities.
Benefits of Complete Streets include opportunities for increased physical activity and better air quality by shifting people from cars. There is an inclusiveness when children, older adults, and those with disabilities can go places without travel barriers. More people out bicycling and walking are “eyes on the street” and provide a social, community aspect where people can meet and interact.
May 24, 2017 – The Quad City Health Initiative and Bi-State Regional Commission have received the “Trails for Health Award” from American Trails in recognition of the Be Healthy QC Coalition and QCTrails.org. The Trails for Health Award recognizes a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.
The award was announced at American Trails’ 23rd International Trails Symposium held in Dayton, Ohio in May. The National and International Trails Awards Program is one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions and successes of exemplary people across the globe who are working to advance trails. American Trails is the only national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail types.
March 22, 2017 – The largest infrastructure project in the Bi-State Region’s history will begin this year due to the persistence and leadership of all those involved. The Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the Interstate 74 Bridge corridor project as the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region in 1998. Since that time, four long-range transportation plans have been developed by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the project has continued to be the top priority. There have been over 14 changes in engineering and planning leadership between the Illinois and Iowa Departments of Transportation and over 20 chief elected official changes on the Transportation Policy Committee since 1998. With all of these changes, the Bi-State Regional Commission has continued to communicate a unified message of support for the project.
April 7, 2017 – The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the grant cycle of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, ITEP, will open on October 2, 2017. Applications will be due December 1, 2017 with selected projects announced in spring 2018. Grants are awarded up to 80% of total project cost up to $2 million. All applicants must be in compliance with the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA), which includes registering at www.grants.illinois.gov and fulfilling all other related requirements and documents. More information on ITEP can be found at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/local-transportation-partners/county-engineers-and-local-public-agencies/funding-opportunities/ITEP.
For a 15th year, the Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and others. The dates and topics are listed below. These webinars are one and a half hours in length, unless otherwise noted. Attendance of planning staff, planning and zoning commissions/board members, and board of adjustment members is strongly encouraged. This is a terrific training opportunity for planning and zoning commissions and is provided as part of Bi-State Regional Commission membership.
- Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – 3:00-4:30 p.m.
2017 Planning Law Review (1.5 hours)
This annual review delves into the important cases, the decisions that were made – or not made – and how this will affect planning at many levels. Legal experts and members of APA’s amicus curiae committee fill you in on what you need to know.
Certification Maintenance – This webinar has been approved for CM | 1.5
All conferences will be held on the Third Floor of Rock Island County Office Building, 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island. The public entrance to the building is from Third Avenue. Please plan to arrive by 2:45 p.m.
January 25, 2017 – The Interstate 74 Bridge Corridor project involves the replacement of the I-74 Bridge and nearly eight miles of corridor improvements. It has been the number one transportation priority in the Bi-State Region since 1998. It is in need of reconstruction due to crashes, recurring congestion, and significant maintenance. The bridge itself is functionally obsolete with no shoulders. The Iowa-bound span was built in 1935 and the Illinois-bound span in 1959.
The Central Section of the I-74 Bridge Corridor project from south of Avenue of the Cities to Middle Road has been value engineered to reduce costs and the construction period from 8 to 3.5 years. Design plans are complete for the entire central section, which includes the entire Illinois portion of the project. The Iowa portion of the project north of Middle Road to 53rd Street is 3.5 miles in length and is an independent project. The design for the North Section started in 2016 and should be completed by 2018.