AVCP Road Inventory | Western AK

Road Identification & Planning for Pilot Station

 

Project Overview

RPKA provided the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) with transportation planning for communities within their compact. The work included a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), LRTP Update, TTP Inventory Update, Cost to Improve, Pre-Project Planning, and completion of a High Priority Project (IRRHPP) Application for each village.

 

Long-Range Transportation Plan Updates

RPKA prepared either a LRTP update or a new LRTP for each community, in accordance with 25 CFR, Part 170 and TTP Transportation Planning Procedures and Guidelines Manual. RPKA consulted with each Village Council on existing and proposed inventory, as well as long, medium, and short-term transportation priorities. RPKA provided transportation alternatives and recommendations for consideration, which compared usage and transportation service, community effects, costs, and benefits for discussion. RPKA presented these transportation alternatives, along with the existing and forecasted models, in a transportation plan. The alternatives and improvements were based on anticipated changes due to economic development, increases in population, housing, and infrastructure needs. RPKA submited a draft LRTP or LRTP Update to the community for review. After circulation of the draft plan and receipt of comments, RPKA met with the communities to address those comments and suggestions. RPKA’s procedure facilitated the finalization of transportation alternatives, including short, medium and long-term projects and plans, as well as all agreed upon provisions for the final plan. Once the review and subsequent comments were incorporated into the draft LRTP and LRTP updates, RPKA submitted a public review copy to AVCP and the Tribal Council. At that point RPKA prepared and published required public notices on the availability of the LRTP or LRTP update in the appropriate newspaper. After the public comment period closed, RPKA consulted with AVCP and the community in order to determine the appropriate course of action for incorporating public comments. RPKA provided each Village Council with the appropriate resolution(s) for each LRTP for that Council’s approval in order to adopt the LRTP or LRTP Update.

 

BIA Inventory Update

RPKA also provided BIA Inventory Updating. This work was required to update each Tribal Council’s inventory. It consisted of identifying and documenting existing and proposed Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) within each Tribe’s respective inventory boundaries. RPKA utilized community mapping and USGS mapping data as the basis for the identification and documentation of the routes inventoried. RPKA provided AVCP and each Village Council with a hard copy of the data presented in a base map for identification of new roads and verification of existing roads. RPKA efficiently completed this work simultaneously with the LRTP meeting discussed above. Once each Tribe identified the routes to be included in the update, RPKA prepared RIFDS data and strip maps for each route and section. RPKA documented the physical description of each route, including the foundation roadbed condition, wearing surface condition, surface width, and shoulder width in accordance with the Coding Guide for TTP Inventory guidelines. RPKA also prepared the Owner Letter/ MOA, and Tribal Resolution required for updating existing or adding any new route into the inventory for each community. RPKA was also responsible for inputting required information into the BIA RIFDS system.

As part of this work, RPKA provided a “Cost To Improve” update for the TTP system for AVCP. This involved utilizing information obtained during the planning process and submitting it to the BIA in the Federal Project specification format. The type of cost to construct updates were coordinated with the Alaska region construction section and meetings with the BIADOT.

To finalize the planning process for each Village, RPKA completed the pre-project planning for each community’s short-range transportation goals set by the Village Council as part of the LRTP process in accordance with 25 CFR Part 170. Each project was field reviewed to determine the environmental and archaeological requirements. Then the preliminary project cost estimate for short-term projects was prepared, which included the cost of project development.

 

High-Priority Project Applications

RPKA prepared a HPP Application for each community’s highest priority project. The HPP program provides an avenue through which communities can compete for funding for their highest priority project. This was a two-step process in which the first year an application was submitted to complete the project development. In the second year, an application was submitted for the construction of the project. RPKA was responsible for preparation of required applications and resolutions for each community. Once the application was completed, RPKA submitted it to BIA.