Each year the East-West Gateway Board of Directors adopts a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that allocates federal funds to transportation projects. The TIP is developed using priorities and procedures approved by the Board of Directors through the adoption of Connected2045. Throughout the year the documents are modified to include new projects or significant changes to projects as additional funding becomes available. Before a project is eligible to receive federal funds it must be included in the TIP.
EWG will accept comments on the amendment from December 10, 2020 through January 19, 2021.
January Amendment to FY 2021-2024 TIP
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), America’s Central Port, St. Clair County Transit District, and the City of St. Louis are requesting to amend the FY 2021-2024 TIP. A summary of the projects can be found here .
Because the Governor released the IDOT program on July 21, 2020, only IDOT projects with lettings scheduled through March 2021 were included in the FY 2021-2024 TIP that was approved in August 2020. IDOT is requesting to amend the remainder of its program to the FY 2021-2024 TIP. IDOT is requesting to amend the FY 2021-2024 TIP to add 72 projects at a total cost of $966.4 million, three engineering only projects at a total cost of $5.5 million.
St. Clair County Transit District & BUILD Project Awards
St. Clair County Transit District received $96 million in state funding from the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program for the construction of a MetroLink Extension from Scott Air Force Base to Mid-America Airport as well as the extension of a frontage road from Mid-America Airport to Rieder Rd.
The City of St. Louis and America’s Central Port were recently awarded Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) funding through the US Department of Transportation. BUILD funds are available for projects to use for road, rail, transit, and port improvements. The projects were selected through a national solicitation.
The City of St. Louis received funding for road and pedestrian improvements along Jefferson Avenue from Cass Avenue to Natural Bridge. These improvements are in conjunction with the NGA West facility that is currently under construction.
America’s Central Port submitted an application on behalf of the St. Louis Port Authority and Southwest Regional Port District for port improvements at four locations along the Mississippi River. The improvements are located in Granite City, East. St. Louis, and St. Louis and include new railroad track, road improvements, flood mitigation, and upgrades to freight loading and unloading.
Mid-Year FY 2021-2024 Air Quality Conformity
The Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD) ensures that the programs and activities proposed in long-range transportation plans and associated TIPs conform to the purpose of air quality State Implementation Plans, which set out benchmarks against which progress is measured in meeting national goals for cleaner and healthier air. The transportation conformity finding relates to those precursor pollutants produced by automobiles and other on-road transportation, generally described as “mobile source emissions.”
The conformity analysis is completed during the annual TIP update and also during the long-range transportation plan update. The last conformity analysis was completed in August 2020. Projects that receive the most scrutiny during the conformity process are referred to as regionally significant. Examples of regionally significant projects include new roads, new fixed rail transit, new interchanges or adding lanes to existing roads (i.e. projects that add capacity to the transportation system). If a TIP amendment includes a project that adds capacity to the system, the Council is required to make a new conformity determination. If a capacity-adding project is not included in the conformity analysis, it cannot be added to the TIP. The proposed amendments to the FY 2021-2024 TIP and related amendments to Connected2045 require a new conformity determination. Based on the conformity analysis, the projects and programs included in the analysis have met all applicable budget tests. The mid-year AQCD may be downloaded here. Projects new to the conformity are listed in Table A-1 of Appendix A. A summary of the mid-year AQCD may be downloaded here.
More information about air quality conformity can be found on EWG’s air quality conformity page.
Air Quality Conformity Determination Video
How to Comment
We encourage you to review and comment on the proposed amendments and draft mid-year FY 2021-2024 AQCD.
A listing of projects grouped by sponsoring organization is available below. To view information about a specific project and leave a comment, please click on the project sponsor, then on the project title. Project information and a link to comment will appear on the right side. Comments on projects may be sent to email@example.com. Comments must be received by midnight on January 19, 2021.