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ADOT Q&A


Contacts

  1. Need to develop some type of local communication chart to identify contact points at ADOT Districts, Maintenance organizations and Tribal Districts & Chapter Houses.
  2. Can ADOT provide a list to the tribes, which includes names and telephone numbers for the district engineers and local maintenance supervisors, as well as ADOT Board Members?

Data

  1. Where does ADOT currently get their information or data about Navajo lands?
  2. Is traffic volume data of BIA system routes (off state routes) needed by ADOT?

Funding

  1. What type of budget funds the engineering portion of ADOT (percentage)?
  2. What mass transit funds may be available from ADOT?
  3. Why hasn't ADOT set up a mechanism for consulting, coordinating and funding with tribes or tribal organizations similar to that which it has with COGs?

Jurisdiction

  1. ADOT criteria Ė why is road construction only improved to the reservation boundary?

Maintenance

  1. How can ADOT Maintenance and TERO's work together, particularly on a maintenance contract?
  2. Budget cuts have impacted rural highway maintenance. Safety is a critical issue. Can any project funding be utilized for safety reasons? Identify which program funds can be used.
  3. Does ADOT have a leasing program to help areas with equipment needs?

Partnering

  1. Partnering with ADOT and the tribeÖ can this be used toward maintenance on asphalt crack sealing?
  2. How do ADOT and BIA interact at the interface of each other's roads?
  3. How can ADOT and tribes collaborate on combining funding to coordinate adjacent road projects?
  4. How can ADOT work with tribes to establish realistic schedules to complete projects?

Planning

  1. How do we get our projects into ADOTís Long-Range Plan?
  2. Does the long-range plan consider funding limitations, or is it just everything people want?
  3. Is Transit planning not getting enough attention by ADOT?
  4. How does the Planning Assistance for Rural Areas Program work?
    The ADOT Planning Assistance for Rural Areas (PARA) Program is administered through ADOT-MPD. The primary objective of the PARA Program is to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for a proposed local area or region to guide multi-modal transportation planning and programming for a 20-year timeframe.

    Through its planning process, a PARA will generally identify and address current transportation problems for all travel modes, determine future transportation system needs, and analyze alternative solutions. In addition, the study will develop a recommended plan of transportation improvements and provide a staged implementation guide to meet short-, mid-, and long-range needs.

    Eligible participants in the Program include towns, cities, counties and tribal governments, which in coordination with ADOT, administer the PARA and conduct it in cooperation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Depending on the area to be studied, a TAC could be comprised of representatives from local towns, cities, counties, tribes, ADOT, FHWA, and other affected agencies. ADOT will collaboratively work with the towns, cities, and tribal governments to select a consultant to undertake the study and will guide the course of the study leading to the final report.

    Public input on perceived transportation problems and issues are essential to the PARA and is conducted at public meetings. The planning process would then culminate into a locally approved transportation plan, which could become an element in the communityís overall general plan. Finally, ventures under the PARA Program are 100% financed by ADOT. In other words, the PARA Program is not a match share program.

    PARA Program application and application process information is available online. For further information, please contact Justin Feek, Senior Transportation Planner at 602.712.6196.
  5. Why arenít there more public meetings for transportation planning and why arenít they closer to home?
  6. Do tribes have LRPs (15-20 yrs.) and can ADOT access them?
  7. How are tribal transportation plans coordinated with Statewide Planning?
  8. Does ADOT incorporate tribal land use plans into the project selection and planning process?

State Transportation Board

  1. What is the role of the Transportation Board (is that MPO/COG)?
  2. Planning and funding are important. Why is there not a Native American on the State Transportation Board? Tribes have requested this. State highways run through our reservations, our miles and population are utilized for funding. What will it take to get a native on the board?
  3. Why is it that Arizona does not have tribal representation on the State Board of Transportation?
  4. How has the State Transportation Board addressed the needs on the reservation located within municipalities?

STIP and Five Year Program

  1. Could ADOT notify tribes with current STIP?
  2. Do district engineers ask each tribe for input to the Five-Year Program?
  3. How do we get all tribes to submit into the 5-year plan? Do they have general plans, etc. that spell out projects?
  4. How much in-depth involvement do the tribes have in the State Transportation Improvement Program process?
  5. STIP stakeholders Ė where are the Tribes?
  6. Why isn't the BIA TIP combined with the State TIP?
  7. Could you provide additional information on the STIP?