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HF 2294

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:01am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; amending the trunk highway bridge improvement
program requirements; amending trunk highway bond authorization; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 165.14, subdivisions 2, 4, 5; Laws 2008,
chapter 152, article 2, section 3, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 165.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program created.

The commissioner shall develop a trunk highway bridge
improvement program for accelerating repair and replacement of trunk highway bridges
throughout the state. The program receives funding for bridge projects new text begin(1) as allocated by
the commissioner from appropriations for construction, reconstruction, and maintenance
of trunk highways; (2) as appropriated by law; and (3)
new text endasnew text begin otherwisenew text end specified by law.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 165.14, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Prioritization of bridge projects.

(a) The commissioner shall classify all
bridges in the program into tier 1, 2, or 3 bridges, where tier 1 is the highest tier. Unless
the commissioner identifies a reason for proceeding otherwise, before commencing bridge
projects in a lower tier, all bridge projects within a higher tier must to the extent feasible
be selected and funded in the approved state transportation improvement program, at
any stage in the project development process, solicited for bids, in contract negotiation,
under construction, or completed.

(b) The classification of each tier is as follows:

(1) tier 1 consists of any bridge in the program that (i) has an average daily traffic
count that is above 1,000 and has a sufficiency rating that is at or below 50, or (ii) is
identified by the commissioner as a priority project;

(2) tier 2 consists of any bridge that is not a tier 1 bridge, and (i) is classified as
fracture-critical, or (ii) has a sufficiency rating that is at or below 80; and

(3) tier 3 consists of any other bridge in the program that is not a tier 1 or tier 2 bridge.

(c) deleted text beginBydeleted text endnew text begin The commissioner shall establish a completion goal of new text end June 30, 2018,new text begin fornew text end all
tier 1 and tier 2 bridges originally included in the program deleted text beginmustdeleted text endnew text begin tonew text end be under contract for
repair or replacement with a new bridge that contains a load-path-redundant designdeleted text begin, except
that a specific bridge may remain in continued service if the reasons are documented in
the report required under subdivision 5
deleted text end. new text beginThe commissioner shall balance the completion
goal with other priorities and objectives for trunk highway construction, reconstruction,
and maintenance, including (1) mission and goals under sections 174.01, subdivision 2;
174.02, subdivision 1a; and 174.03, subdivisions 1 and 1a; and (2) priorities as identified
by the commissioner.
new text end

(d) The commissioner shall establish criteria for determining the priority of bridge
projects within each tier, and must include safety considerations as a criterion.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 165.14, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Statewide transportation planning report.

In conjunction with each
update to the Minnesota statewide transportation plan, or at least every six years, the
commissioner shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over transportation
finance. The report must include:

(1) an explanation of the criteria and decision-making processes used to prioritize
bridge projects;

(2) a historical and projected analysis of the extent to which all trunk highway
bridges meet bridge performance targets;

(3) a summary of bridge projects (i) completed in the previous six years or since the
last update to the Minnesota statewide transportation plan, and (ii) currently in progress
under the program;

(4) a summary of bridge projects scheduled in the next four fiscal years and included
in the state transportation improvement program;

(5) new text begina summary of bridge projects that are not scheduled to meet the completion
goal under subdivision 4, paragraph (c);
new text end

new text begin (6) new text enda projection of annual needs over the next 20 years;

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end a calculationnew text begin ofnew text end funding necessary to meet the completion deleted text begindatedeleted text endnew text begin goalnew text end under
subdivision 4, paragraph (c), compared to the total amount of bridge-related funding
deleted text begin availabledeleted text endnew text begin allocated to the programnew text end; and

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end for any tier 1 fracture-critical bridge that is repaired but not replaced, an
explanation of the reasons for repair instead of replacement.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Laws 2008, chapter 152, article 2, section 3, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

State Road Construction

1,717,694,000

(a) For the actual construction,
reconstruction, and improvement of
trunk highways, including design-build
contracts and consultant usage to support
these activities. This includes the cost
of actual payments to landowners for
lands acquired for highway rights-of-way,
payments to lessees, interest subsidies, and
relocation expenses. This appropriation is in
the following amounts:

(1) $417,694,000 in fiscal year 2009, and the
commissioner may use up to $71,008,000 of
this amount for program delivery;

(2) $500,000,000 in fiscal year 2010, and the
commissioner may use up to $85,000,000 of
this amount for program delivery; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(3) $100,000,000 in each fiscal year for
fiscal years 2011 through deleted text begin2018deleted text endnew text begin 2015new text end, and the
commissioner may use up to $17,000,000 of
the amount in each fiscal year for program
deliverynew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (4) $300,000,000 for fiscal years 2009
through 2018 at the discretion of the
commissioner, which is in addition to the
amounts specified in clauses (1) to (3), and
the commissioner may use up to $51,000,000
of this amount for program delivery
new text end.

(b) Of the amount in fiscal year 2009,
$40,000,000 is for construction of
interchanges involving a trunk highway,
where the interchange will promote economic
development, increase employment, relieve
growing traffic congestion, and promote
traffic safety. The amount under this
paragraph must be allocated 50 percent to
the department's metropolitan district, and 50
percent to districts in greater Minnesota.

(c) Of the amount in fiscal years 2009
and 2010, the commissioner shall use
$300,000,000 each year for predesign,
design, preliminary engineering,
right-of-way acquisition, construction,
reconstruction, and maintenance of bridges
in the trunk highway bridge improvement
program under Minnesota Statutes, section
165.14.

(d) Of the total appropriation under this
subdivision, the commissioner shall use at
least $50,000,000 for accelerating transit
facility improvements on or adjacent to trunk
highways.

(e) Of the total appropriation under this
subdivision provided to the Department of
Transportation's district 7, the commissioner
shall first expend funds as necessary to
accelerate all projects that (1) are on a trunk
highway classified as a medium priority
interregional corridor, (2) are included in the
district's long-range transportation plan, but
are not included in the state transportation
improvement program or the ten-year
highway work plan, and (3) expand capacity
from a two-lane highway to a freeway
or expressway, as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 160.02, subdivision 19. The
commissioner shall establish as the highest
priority under this paragraph any project that
currently has a final environmental impact
statement completed. The requirement
under this paragraph does not change the
department's funding allocation process
or the amount otherwise allocated to each
transportation district.

new text begin (f) Notwithstanding section 16A.642, the
appropriation under this subdivision does not
cancel.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end