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RI application for I95_toll CT

RI application for I95_toll CT

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STATEOFRHODEISLANDANDPROVIDENCEPLANTATIONS
MichaelP.Lewis
Director
DepartmentofTransportationOFFICEOFTHEDIRECTORTwoCapitolHillProvidence,R.I.02903-1124
OFFICE(401)222-2481FAX(401)222-2086TDD(401)222-4971
June29,2011TollingandPricingTeam
FederalHighwayAdministrationOfficeofInnovativeProgramDeliveryAttn:PatrickDeCorla-Souza1200NewJerseyAvenue,SE,MailStopE84-320Washington,DC,20590RE:TollingandPricingOpportunitiesExpressionofInterestDearTollingandPricingTeam:TheRhodeIslandDepartmentofTransportation(RIDOT)respectfullysubmitsforyourconsiderationourExpressionofInterestforapplyingforapprovaltotollInterstate1-95undertheFHWATollingandPricingProgram.TheRIDOTproposestotollInterstate-95togeneraterevenueto:
1.
Replaceaheavilytraveledstructurallydeficientbridgecarrying1-95inProvidence,theProvidenceViaduct;2.Toreconstructamajorinterchangeat1-95andRoute4torelievecongestionandprovidefreewayaccesstotheState'spremierbusinesspark;and3.Tobringthe43.3milesof1-95andthe23.6milesofI-295toastateofgoodrepair.ThekeyprojecttobefundedwithtollrevenuewouldbethereplacementoftherapidlydeterioratingProvidenceViaductwhichcarriesupto230,000vehiclesperdayintheheartoftheStatecapital.Duetotheconditionsofthe1-95CorridorandlackofsufficientStatefunds,tolling1-95isnecessarytomaintainconnectivityfromWashingtonD.C.toBoston,Massachusetts;forthesafetyofthousandsofmotorists;andfortheeconomicviabilityofbusiness(locallyandnationally)thatrelyonourState's67milesofthe1-95/1-295interstatecorridor.Withinthelastfewyears,RhodeIslandhascommittedsignificantfundsforInterstaterehabilitationprojectsincludingsome$150millionforthereplacementofthe1-95PawtucketRiverBridgeandabout$620millionforimprovementstothe1-95/1-195connection,theIWAY.TheState
 
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forMichaelP.LewisDirectorPage2PatrickDeCoria-SouzaJune30,2011borrowedheavilytofundtheIWAYprojectissuingalmost$300millionofGARVEEbondsand$67millioninMotorFuelRevenuebondstofundtheprojectwhichmustberepaidforwithfuturehighwayfunds.Withanaginginfrastructureandlimitedfinancialresources,RhodeIslandlackssufficientfundsforthemajorrehabilitationeffortsneededtobringandmaintainthe1-95/1-295Corridortoastateofgoodrepair.Tollingisnecessarytobridgethefundinggap.ThisfacthasbeenrecognizedbyleaderswithintheStateandbyCommissionsandotherpublicbodieswhichhavestudiedRhodeIsland'stransportationfundingneeds.AcopyofaletterofsupportfromourGovernor,PresidentoftheStateSenateandSpeakeroftheHouseisincludedwiththissubmission.Additionally,theGovernor's2008BlueRibbonPanelonTransportationFundingandtheSenateCommissiononSustainableTransportationFundinghaverecommendedthatthestateconsidertollsonthe1-95corridor.Further,RIDOTwillbepartneringinthistollingeffortwiththestate'stollingauthoritytoutilizetheirexpertisetooptimizerevenues.Thankyouforyourconsideration.Welookforwardtofurtherdiscussionswithyou.
 
U.S.DepartmentofTransportation
FederalHighwayAdministration
TollingandPricingOpportunities
ExpressionofInterest
Ifyouhaveanyquestionscompletingthisform,pleasecontactPatrickDeCorla-Souzaat(202)366-4076.PleasecompleteallapplicableinformationandattachthisrequestviaemailtoTollingandPricingTeam@fhwa.dot.govorviaU.S.mailto:TollingandPricingTeamFederalHighwayAdministrationOfficeofInnovativeProgramDelivery,Attn:PatrickDeCorla-Souza1200NewJerseyAvenue,SE,MailStopE84-320Washington,DC,20590PleasecopyyourrespectiveFHWAStateDivisionOffice
A)Whatistherequestingagency,authority,orpubliccompany?Whatistheleadofficewithintherequestingagency,authority,orprivatecompany?
Name(s):
RhodeIslandDepartmentofTransportationDivisionofPlanningandFinance
ProjectWebsite(ifapplicable)orYourAgency/CompanyWebsite:
B)ContactInformationName:
RobertA.Shawver,P.E.
Title:
Administrator,Planning
&
Finance
Address:
RhodeIslandDepartmentofTransportation,TwoCapitolHill,Providence,RI02903
Phone:
(401)222-2023x4224
E-mail:
C)
Whatistherequestingagencyseeking?(Pleasemarkappropriatebox)FundingONLY
forthisprojectorstudy(Federalauthorityalreadygrantedornotnecessary).
X
FederalTollingAuthorityONLY
forthisprojectorstudy(nofundsrequested).
FundingANDtollingauthority
forthisprojectorstudy.
Other,notlisted.
TheRIDOTseekspermissiontotollInterstate-95withinitsplannedredevelopmentofthestate's1-95/1-295Corridor.ThepurposeoftheproposedtollingistoensurethesafeandefficienttravelandoperationsoftheCorridorbyreplacingamajorbridge(ProvidenceViaduct),reconstructingamajorinterchange,andrehabilitatingotherexistingfacilities,bridges,androadwayinfrastructuresalongtheCorridor.OurpreliminarytrafficandrevenuestudiesoftheCorridorindicatethattollingisaviablesourceofrevenuegenerationthatcouldhelpoffsetconstructioncostsandprovidesufficientfundstoallowfortheself-supportingoperationsandmaintenanceofthefacilities.
D)Pleaseprovideabriefdescriptionofthetollingorpricingprojectorstudy.Pleaseidentifyanddescribethesubjectfacilityorgeneralareatobetolled,pricedorstudied(i.e.nameofproject/study,location,length,levelofservice,problemtobeaddressed,etc.)?
Extendingmorethan1,900milesfromMainetoFlorida,1-95isthemajornorth-southrouteintheeasternUnitedStates.Withonly43milesfromthestate'snortheasttosouthwestcorner,theRhodeIsland1-95Corridor
PageIof5ExpressionofInterest-FHWAOfficeofOperationsVersion1.0
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