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Traffic signals and its improve the topic of discussion in the courtroom. Are there ways that traffic signals can decrease pollution? There were answers given during this meeting. “The expected outcomes would be increased efficiency on the road networks resulting from decreased travel times and a reduction in pollution that would result from the decreased time motorists spend stopped at traffic signals. The design of the project will begin over this winter and would be constructed in the fall of 2016.” according to the City Manager Amy Marie Gaura

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The first step of this process was approved by Council on February 9, 2015. This was the distribution of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for 17 projects to qualified consulting engineering services. The Coordinated Traffic Signal Upgrade project was one of these projects. The Engineering Division received 10 responses from consulting engineering firms interested in providing the City these services.

The next step in the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process is to distribute Requests for Proposals (RFP) to the most qualified firms. Staff reviewed the 10 responses and identified the three most qualified firms and sent them the RFP.  As part of this proposal, the engineering firms are required to visit the City of DeKalb and take a guided tour of the City’s existing traffic signal infrastructure to develop an informed proposal. Staff will then evaluate these proposals to determine the most qualified candidate. The final step of the QBS process is to negotiate cost and the scope of services provided. The agreement is tentatively scheduled to be brought before Council for consideration at the December 14, 2015 meeting.

The Coordinated Traffic Signal Upgrade project was presented and approved by the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study’s (DSATS) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Policy Committee (PC) at which time it was placed on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) where it was advertised for public comment.

The engineering services for this project were budgeted under fund 10 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) account number 10-00-00-300-8331 with a $120,000.00 budget for design engineering. The construction of this project is funded through DSATS with the federal government providing the 80% of the cost of construction and the City providing the 20% match. Therefore, the City is leveraging $960,000.00 of Federal Surface Transportation Urban (STU) funding with its $240,000.00. The $240,000.00 local match is not part of this request.


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