Steps to Implement the Plan
The success of the Plan rests on citizens' confidence that the Plan will be implemented. The following steps are anticipated to ensure the timely and continued implementation of the Plan's components:
- Upon adoption by WILMAPCO, the Plan will become the official Long Range Transportation Plan for the Corridor.
- The projects proposed for the next eight years (2000-2007) will be included and budgeted in the DelDOT Capital Improvements Program (CIP). In each successive year, another year's worth of projects will be included in the CIP.
- Initial design will be done for all projects in the Plan.
- Right of way will be identified and preserved for future use.
- Conditions will be monitored in the Corridor to determine when proposed improvements should be built.
- Through a Corridor Monitoring Committee, the Route 40 community will play an essential role in the timing, advocacy, and implementation of projects.
- The Plan will become part of New Castle County's Comprehensive Plan, to be utilized during the development review process.
We anticipate that many projects will not be needed until the last 12 years of the 20-Year Plan, making corridor preservation essential to the Plan's success. The need to preserve right of way for future improvements was particularly stressed. Therefore:
- The Project Team will identify right of way needs for all of the plan components through preliminary design efforts.
- The Project Team will work to determine the most efficient and cost-effective method to preserve the right of way needed for the ultimate build out of the Plan.
- DelDOT and New Castle County will review current policies and procedures for right of way protection and identify where there are opportunities to enhance existing tools, or whether additional tools are needed.
As part of the Plan, a Corridor transportation monitoring and development tracking process will be developed and implemented. The following activities will be monitored, with review and analysis as appropriate:
Land development proposals
- Traffic impact studies
- Traffic volumes and congestion
- Transit services and ridership
- Highway and transit project progress
- Highway safety needs
The next part of the implementation strategy is to use the data gathered during the monitoring process to initiate implementation of projects in the Plan. This process will "trigger" projects to be built as conditions dictate and not before. Examples of triggers include:
- Steady deterioration in level of service to "D" or worse would trigger a response in the form of strategies to stabilize/reduce demand (i.e. travel demand management measures or transit improvements) or increase road capacity.
- Safety improvements recommended by DelDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program review team would trigger an evaluation by the Project Team to see if the recommendations were compatible to the Plan or whether adjustments need to be made.
- Transit service changes proposed by DART First State would trigger an evaluation by the Project Team of any ancillary improvements needed to complement the service changes, such as sidewalks or shelters, that should be advanced in the Plan.
- Transportation improvements that are not part of the Plan, but that impact the Corridor and are proposed for implementation (for example, widening of Interstate 95), would trigger an evaluation by the Project Team. The evaluation would focus on compatibility of the proposed improvements with the Plan and of the need to make adjustments to the Plan.
- Major land development activity would trigger immediate review of transportation needs: level of service implications and strategy, transit service needs or opportunities, safety concerns, and pedestrian and bicycle needs.
These activities will trigger an assessment of how best to respond to changing conditions: by either continuing with a Plan project on the schedule originally proposed in the CIP, or by moving it forward or back as conditions dictate.
All monitoring and triggering activities will be documented in a periodic Corridor Monitoring and Triggering Report. This report will provide an update for all interested parties, including community leaders, legislators, and Project Team members, on the status of the monitoring efforts and any triggering activities that are initiated. It will also ensure that the Plan is actively managed over time.
A Corridor Monitoring Committee (CMC), including members of our current Steering Committee, will meet quarterly to review, with the Project Team, changing conditions in the Corridor. In addition, the CMC will receive copies of the annual Corridor Monitoring and Triggering Report. The CMC and the Project Team will work together on proposed response strategies and revisions to the Plan.
The CMC will also be involved in the early stages of final design review on significant projects. This involvement will help to ensure that the improvements are appropriate to the scale and nature of surrounding communities.
When the Project Team evaluates triggered improvements for inclusion in the CIP, the CMC will provide recommendations for public involvement activities. Scheduling of additional public involvement activities will consider existing public outreach efforts that occur during the CIP hearings and during design of DelDOT projects.