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From the Des Moines MPO
planning is a key activity of the
DMAMPO as we are always working to improve the region's
The TTC's recommended
list of project goes to the Des
Moines Area MPO and its STP Funding Subcommittee for
review and funding recommendation.
Taken from the Des Moines
MPO in Touch newsletter of October 2007:
Federal Fiscal Year 2012
Surface Transportation Program (STP) applications
• Ankeny – NE 18th Street Overpass
NE Delaware Avenue across Interstate 35 and Four Mile Creek;
Apparently the Des Moines MPO
does have something to do with the NE 18th Street Overpass project and the
approval of funding for the project.
The following is taken from the MPO’s “Surface Transportation Program
If a jurisdiction/agency’s STP or
STP TE funded project does not make satisfactory progress, does not
obligate the STP or STP TE funds provided within the year those funds were
authorized by the MPO and noted for that project as previously documented,
then the MPO may cancel the remaining STP or STP TE funding for that
project and return those STP or STP TE funds for inclusion in the next
fiscal year’s STP or STP TE funding allocation for projects.
Such action to cancel project funding
shall be based on the following criteria:
a. The MPO strongly believes it
necessary to maintain rapid turnover of funds and implementation of
specific projects so as not to jeopardize the loss of any funding.
b. The MPO strongly encourages jurisdictions/agencies to have at least
preliminary project plans completed prior to submitting a project for the
MPO’s consideration for funding.
c. The MPO strongly believes that
such a stipulation shall cause jurisdictions/agencies to provide better
and more accurate project cost estimates and detailed traffic and
engineering data, enabling both the TTC and the MPO to evaluate a
project’s feasibility in a more detailed manner.
Apparently the Des
Moines MPO is interested in the accuracy of engineering data and a
projects feasibility after all. Well, at least sometimes.
Please contact the Des Moines MPO and
urge them to resolve the issues surrounding the NE 18th Overpass and not
allow the City of Ankeny to apply for federal funding for a project that
does not appear to be feasible and that proposes the illegal act of
breaking numerous county ordinances.
Contact Tom Kane at this
The Des Moines MPO Webstie can be found
Download a detailed document discussing the
illegality & feasibility of the NE 18th