Augusta Georgia Agenda Item
Engineering Services Committee Meeting
11/12/2012 1:00 PM
James Brown Boulevard Enhancement Grant

Department: Abie L. Ladson, PE, CPESC, Director
Caption: Motion to approve a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for the James Brown Blvd. Streetscape Project as requested by AED-Traffic Engineering.
Background: The city of Augusta is the recipient of a $650,000 award from GDOT under the federally-funded Transportation Enhancement (TE) reimbursement program. The TE program funds community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the surface transportation system. The award represents a combination of TE funds awarded for the Reynolds Street Depot Community Center, in the amount of $450,000, and a separate award of $200,000 for the James Brown Blvd. Streetscape project. At the request of the city, GDOT approved the transfer of the funds for the depot project to the streetscape project.  
Analysis: The James Brown Blvd. Streetscape project includes aesthetic and safety enhancements within the existing right-of-way from the Reynolds Street intersection on the north to the Adams Street intersection on the south (near Dyess Park). The Downtown Development Authority is managing the project for the city. The Cranston Engineering Group is preparing construction plans for the project. Major elements of the project include demolition and reconstruction of concrete sidewalks, curb and gutter, installation of handicapped curb cut ramps at intersections, installation of street lights, street trees, trash receptacles and way-finding kiosks, and upgrades to storm water drains and catch basins. The project will not impact recent streetscape improvements made in the vicinity of the new library and the Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin, Jr. Courthouse.
Financial Impact: The 20% local match required for the project, $162,500, is in the DDA Capital Fund Account #272-075510
Alternatives: 1. Accept the grant award and allow project to move forward. 2. Do not approve and enhancement project cannot proceed.
Recommendation: Approve Alternative Number One.
Funds are Available in the Following Accounts: Funds available in 272-07-5510
Clerk of Commission