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TPC Deliverables

Greenwavs+Bluewavs 2020

March 2017

New TIP 2018-2021

Mav 2017

I-65 & US 30 Plan

June 2017

Human Services Transit Plan

Spring-summer 2017

Super NOFA

Summer 2018

Next CRP Approval

May 2019

Technical Planning Committee

January 10, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Construction Advancement Foundation Training Center 6050 Southport Road, Portage


  1. Call to Order by Chairman, Opening and Announcements

    1. Pledge of Allegiance;Introductions

    2. Meeting Participation Survey

    3. Action on the minutes of the December 6 TPC meeting (Pages 1-2)

  1. Presentation: Pathways to 2040 - M itch Barloga ( Pages 3-9/ brochure)

  2. Implementation Planning

    1. Regional Corridor Study Public Comment - Stephen Sostaric ( Pages 10-12)

    2. Action on Regional Corridor Study - EmanIbrahim ( Pages 13-15)

    3. Action on 2040 CRP Companion Plan Update Amendment #3 - Mitch Barloga

      .( Page 16')

    4. Deep River-Portage Burns Waterway PlanImplementation Meeting - Kathy Luther

    5. Quarterly Tracking - TROCIssue - Amanda Pollard

  3. Programming

    1. FY 2016-2019 TransportationImprovement Program Amendment #33 - Amanda Pollard (Page 17).

    2. FFY 2018-2021 Transit Project Selection Update - James Winters

  4. Topical Committee Reports

    1. Environmental Management Policy Committee (EMPC)

    2. Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee (3PC)

    3. Transit Operators Roundtable

    4. Land Use Committee

    5. Rail Vision/Freight Committee

      f) Surface Transportation Committee (STC)

  5. Reports from Planning Partners

    1. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

    2. South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

    3. Southwestern Michigan Commission

    4. Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration

  6. Public Comment on Agenda Items

  7. Emerging Trends Presentation

  8. Other Business, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

    1. Other Business

    2. Staff Announcements

    3. NIRPC Meetings

      • The Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 18 at

        10:00 a.m., location T/B/D.

      • Full Commission/Executive Board will meet on Thursday, January 19 at

        9:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.

      • The Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee will meet on Thursday, January 26

        at 1:30 p.m.

      • The Environmental Management Policy Committee will meet on February

2 at 9:00 a.m. at NIRPC

The NIRPC Office will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The next Technical Planning Committee meeting will be held on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.

Requests for alternate formats, please contact Mary Thorne at NIRPC at least 48 hours prior at (219) 763-6060 extension 131 or at mthorne@nirpc .orq. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

Technical Planning Committee Meeting

NIRPC Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage November 1, 2016


Chairman Michael Griffin called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self­ introductions. Members present included Michael Griffin, Kevin Breitzke, Geof Benson, William Emerson, Jr., George Topoll, Margot Sabata, David Wright, Rebecca "Sis" Williams, Lyndsay Quist, Tyler Kent, Mark O'Dell, Tom Maclennan, Robin Barzoni-Tillman, Nicole Barker, Beth Shrader and Kay Nelson. Others present included Mitch Bishop, Mike Yacullo, Ismail Attallah, Dean Button, Joe Crnkovich, Jack Eskin, Tom Schmitt, Jake Dammarell, Salvatore DiBernardo, Claudia Taylor, Jeff Huet, Randy Strasser, Don Oliphant, Chris Moore, Keith Kirkpatrick, Teri Dixon, Frank Rosado, Jr., James Mandan, Woody Dresden and Andrew Steele. Staff present included Mitch Barloga, Gary Evers, Kathy Luther, Stephen Sostaric, Scott Weber, James Winters, Gabrielle Biciunas, Eman Ibrahim, Amanda Pollard and Mary Thorne.

The minutes of the November 1, 2016 Technical Planning Committee meeting were approved by general consent.

Mitch Barloga presented the status of the Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan Update. Approval has been delayed due to the receipt of several significant comments. The modifications will be made and another 30-day comment period will be held.

Stephen Sostaric reported that there were no significant comments received on the SR 249 Bridge project.

Eman Ibrahim presented FY 2017-2018 UPWP Amendment #2 for road safety audits for Hobart, Griffith, Valparaiso and Lake County using HSIP penalty funds obligated at 100% totaling $440,000. On a motion by Kevin Breitzke and a second by Geof Benson, the FY 2017 UPWP Amendment #2 was recommended by the Committee to the Commission for adoption.

Mitch Barloga presented the modified B-List of projects as approved by this Committee in November. Gary Evers stated that there was no money available at this time. On a motion by Rebecca Williams and a second by David Wright, the Committee voted to recommend the modified B-List of projects.

Gary Evers described Amendment #32 to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program for new, existing and deleted project phases. The amendment received the required comment period and review by the Inter-Agency Consultation Group. Brief discussion followed. On a motion by Geof Benson

and a second by George Topoll, the Committee voted to recommend FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #32 to the Commission for adoption.

Topical Committee reports were given for the Environmental Management Policy Committee, Ped Pedal

& Paddle Committee, Transit Operators Roundtable, Rail Vision Workgroup/Freight and the Surface Transportation Committee.

Teri Dixon of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning said their On to 2050 process continues. There were no requests for public comment.

James Winters showed a brief video on the benefits of transit-oriented development in other parts of

the country.

Kay Nelson noted the Chanute Prize for Team Innovation Awarded to the Calumet River Partners in Restoration Team from the Society of Innovators showcased in the lobby.

Michael Griffin announced the upcoming meetings and office closings at NIRPC. The next Technical Planning Committee meeting will be on January 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office. Hearing no other business, he adjourned the meeting at 10 a.m.

A Digital M P3 of this meeting is filed. Contact M ary Thorne at the phone number or email below should you wish to receive a copy or a portion of it.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.


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2040 CRP Vision Statement

Stretchin g from the treasured shores of Lake Michigan to the historic banks of the Kankakee River and committed to an ethic of sustainabilit y:

A vibrant region - Our economy is thriving, our peo ple are well educated, growth is planned and natural and rural areas are valued and protected;

A revitalized region - Urban areas are renewed and our environment is clean;

An accessible region - Our peo ple are connected to each other and to equal op portunities for working, pla ying, living, and learning;

A united region - Celebrating our diversity, we work together as a community across racial, ethnic, political, and cultural lines for the good of the region.

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Vision Theme: Vibrant Region - thriving economy

Goal: A globally competitive, diversified economy that protects and enhances our natural environment


Maximize technology, productivity and efficiency of existing core industries Create diverse, emerging and sustainable industries

Strengthen public/private partnerships resulting in increased regional investment Redevelop urban core areas

Utilization/expansion of transportation and other infrastructure advantages

Promote growth that protects and enhances the environmental assets of Northwest Indiana Improve the workforce of the Region to accommodate growth in emerging industries Improve overall quality of life to attract businesses and residents

Vision Theme: Vibrant Region - well-ed ucated people

Goal: Expanded access to knowledge and educational opportunities Objectives:

Develop a transportation system that provides safe and reliable access to educational facilities Maintain strategic partnerships with educational institutions

Provide critical information to the public to enable meaningful public participation Educate leaders about best practices in urban and regional planning and public policy Improve infrastructure connectivity and access to the technology that supports distance education

Vision Theme: Vibrant Region -protected natural and rural areas

Goal: Managed growth that protects farmland, environmentally sensitive areas and important ecosystems




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Vision Theme: Vibrant Region: -planned growth Goal: Livable urban, suburban and rural centers Objectives:

Encourage the compact mixing of uses

Encourage a diverse mix of housing types and affordability levels near job centers and transit routes

Facilitate the remediation and redevelopment of abandoned and underutilized land including

brownfields and greyfields

Promote a safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle environment

Expand access to public transit and promote transit-supportive land use patterns Promote community green infrastructure and access to public open space Promote the preservation of historic and cultural resources

Promote the integration of Context Sensitive Solutions into transportation planning and projects

Vision Theme: Revitalized Region -renewed urban areas

Goal: Revitalized urban core


Rebuild and improve existing infrastructure systems including public transportation

Improve the connectivity of and provide access to high tech infrastructure, including broadband, fiber and other technologies, to promote innovation and investment

Foster the development of livable, mixed use downtowns

Promote adaptive reuse, infill development and the remediation and reuse of underutilized properties, particularly brownfields

Facilitate the rehabilitation of neighborhoods and maintenance of high quality and affordable


Promote the preservation of historic and cultural resources

Expand visual and physical access to Lake Michigan and other open space Partner to protect threatened natural remnants

Enhance community design and aesthetics

Vision Theme: Revitalized Region -clean environment

Goal: Improved air quality


Achieve national ambient air quality standards for all pollutants, including carbon monoxide, ozone and particulates

Reduce air toxics, greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions Improve the aesthetics - noise, odor, discoloration - of air

Reduce the disproportionate impact of industrial and transportation emissions on environmental justice populations

Coordinate land use and transportation policies to reduce motor vehicle trips


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Vision Theme: Revitalized Region - clean environment Goal: Reduced flooding risks and improved water quality Objectives:

Achieve water quality standards and designated uses of our lakes and streams Complete, improve, and implement watershed management plans

Promote stormwater best management practices including the development of green infrastructure and the reduction of impervious surfaces

Facilitate regional planning for adequate collection and treatment of wastewater and the elimination of the inappropriate use of septic systems

Promote the upgrading of aging water infrastructure Facilitate the development of a regional stormwater strategy Facilitate regional planning for water supply and demand Preserve flood plain and wetlands

Vision Theme: Revitalized Region - clean environment

Goal: Clean land Objectives:

Maximize the number of brownfields returned to productive use Facilitate a regional solid waste and landfill strategy

Promote the acquisition and protection of greenspace Mitigate transportation and land use impacts

Vision Theme: Accessible Region - connected people and opportunities

Goal: A safe and secure transportation system Objectives:

Reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle collisions

Improve the safety of non-motorized transportation through education, enforcement, engineering, design and construction

Reduce flooding of roadways Reduce emergency response times

Support the development of regional preparedness and evacuation planning

Improve the safety and security of transit facilities including stations, stops and vehicles

Utilize technology, including Intelligent Transportation Systems and other strategies, to improve transportation safety



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Vision Theme: Accessible Region - connected people and opportunities

Goal: Increased mobility, accessibility and transportation options for people and freight Objectives:

Integrate local, regional and national transportation systems to facilitate movement of people and freight between modes

Improve freight facilities connecting the region to national and global markets Reduce congestion on major freight and passenger routes

Improve the internal connectivity of the transportation network

Enhance connectivity between housing, jobs, services, and educational facilities

Improve system accessibility for people with special transportation needs including persons with disabilities, the elderly, the young and low-income populations

Increase access to and improve the reliability of public mass transit

Improve the non-motorized transportation network by building Complete Streets that accommodate bicycles, pedestrians and transit users

Enhance navigability through improved wayfinding and signage

Encourage land use policy that supports access for disabled persons, efficient mass transit, and non-motorized travel.

Vision Theme: Accessible Region - connected people and opportunities Goal: Adequate transportation funding and efficient use of resources Objectives:

Increase the level offederal and state funding flowing into the region and improve the ability to provide local matching funds

Protect previous investments through maintenance and improvements to existing transportation infrastructure, operations and services

Devote sufficient resources to address reconstruction and maintenance needs

Utilize the Congestion Management Process to optimize the efficiency of the existing system Prioritize transportation investments that support land use and economic development goals Encourage investments that consider long range impacts of changing transportation systems and anticipate future technologies

Vision Theme: Accessible Region - connected people and opportunities

Goal: A transportation system that supports the health of all people and places Objectives:

Improve the integration of environmental planning activities into transportation planning Reduce the levels and impacts of pollution (including air, noise, and vibration) caused by transportation, particularly freight, especially in environmental justice communities Improve the non-motorized transportation network by building Complete Streets that accommodate bicycles, pedestrians and transit users

Expand environmental mitigation efforts

Conduct outreach to determine the negative impacts of transportation investments and to ensure environmental justice

Promote energy efficiency and alternative energy

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Vision Theme: United Region - working together, good of the region Goal: Environmental justice: shared benefits and burdens Objectives:

Increase outreach in environmental justice communities and improve the public involvement process to eliminate barriers and engage minority, disabled, elderly, and low-income populations in regional decision-making

Improve capacity to identify residential, employment, and transportation patterns of low­ income and minority populations so that their needs may be identified and addressed, and the impacts of transportation can be fairly distributed

Avoid disproportionately high and/or adverse impacts on minority, disabled, elderly and/or low­ income populations.

Minimize and/or mitigate unavoidable impacts on low-income and/or minority populations by providing offsetting initiatives and enhancement measures to benefit affected communities and neighborhoods

Increase awareness and understanding of environmental justice issues among decision makers Mitigate displacement of local residents and the loss of property investments when redeveloping the urban core

Vision Theme: United Region -·working together, good of the region

Goal: Efficient and coordinated local government


Facilitate the consolidation of redundant local government services

Promote coordination of land use and corridor planning across jurisdictional boundaries Foster better communication, cooperation, and coordination to better leverage resources Promote the sharing of benefits, burdens and costs among governments

Public Comment Report

Regional Corridors Study 30 Day Comment Period

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) held a 30-day public comment period on the Regional Corridors Study. The public comment period began on November 17, 2016 and ended on December 16, 2016.

The Regional Corridors Study is a technical assessment of connectivity within Northwest Indiana's transportation network. The goal of the study is to improve mobility and connectivity by providing new connections to existing or future transportation routes across the region. It also seeks to contribute to reducing congestion and travel time on major roadways.

A draft of the plan was made available at www, and stakeholders were made aware via email, a news release, and social media. The public was able to comment via email, telephone, and regular mail. No public meeting was required.

None of the comments received were deemed significant and none resulted in changes to the document.


Manner Considered by Staff


Need to Modify?

Comments received via Email

If Cline is connected between Main St. and Division

Two segments are suggested for Cline Ave. to



and 93rd and 101'\ you'd be able to go from Lake

improve north and south travel. Please check the

Michigan to Cedar Lake. How about 249 to 130?

map in page 11in the report and look for segments

Forget the South Shore Extension, put that money to

#4 and #5 that reflect your recommendation.

roads. It's a lose lose.

Regarding SR249 and SR130, the Willowcreek

connection (segment 14 in the map) should provide

a direct connection to SR249.

I strongly agree with the Next Steps and the

Thanks for your comment. NIRPC is in the process



Implementation. Yes, be sure that the segments are

of organizing a meeting with all the involved

incorporated into local plans and into the long-range transportation element of the CRP. And work with

entities of the IL proposed connections from Main St. and 109th.

the project sponsors to aggressively pursue funding.

Ithink that a difficult project will be the connection

of Main Street with Joe Orr Road, both because it's

bi-state/ multi-jurisdictional and because not all local

entities are supportive, yet. It will take a careful,

strategic, sustained effort with Munster and Dyer to

get that segment built. A design that is less intrusive

to the neighborhood will be important and may help

the political leaders and residents to better accept

the project.

Communicate with SSMMA staff about any Main

Street progress, and include them in key, if not

all coordination meetings. (I assume that

SSMMA knows about the corridor study.) Stay

informed from SSMMA about the progress of the

extension of Joe Orr Road toward the state line. It's

an important bi-state connection, not that all the

others in the study are not also very important to a

more connected regional highway system. Keep up

the good work .





Thanks for giving me an opportunity to suggest some 1. Kennedy Ave to US 30 connection is No No ideas to help congestion in northwest Indiana. considered in segment #3 on the map.

2. Main St.'s proposed connection is reflected 1. Kennedy Ave should be completed to Route 30 in segment #1.

and increased to 5 lanes. 3. The recommendations in bullet points 3, 4,

  1. Main Street should be completed to Burnham Ave and 5 will be considered in the next phase in Illinois in the West and to Broadway on the that will include more detailed planning East. Main should be 5 lanes wide. and engineering for all the suggested

  2. 45th street should be widened to 5 lanes wide segments.

    and connect with Interstate 65. 4. For recommendation 6, it is staff's

  3. Cline Ave. should be widened to 5 lanes wide and understanding the comment refers to E 109 connect from ridge road to lake shore drive in Cedar Ave. that continues as North St. west of Lake. Broadway, then continues west of Main St.

  4. Calumet Ave and 109th Street should be 5 lanes and stops before it connects with SR231/ W wide to accommodate the new private Christian High 109 Ave. It is a good suggestion for an School that will have the capacity for 1000 students. additional segment and it will be

  5. 109th Street from Main to go straight west to considered and discussed with the City of Highway 231. Crown Point staff in the next update of the


Thank you for your comments!




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    The purpose and need of the Regional Corridors Study (RCS) in Northwest Indiana is to improve major transportation network connectivity. Improving mobility and connectivity across the region will contribute in reducing congestion and travel time on major roadways. The focus of the study is to functionally fill a gap between regionally significant highways and limited access local arterials. Currently there are 14 intechanges within almost 45 miles on interstate 80/94. Onie 6 of them are regionally connected, through major arterials, to US 30 the major east-west connector in the region.

    The main purpose of the RCS is to accomplish the 2040 Plan regional goals and objectives that are aiming to improve connectivity, and access to employment, major interstate highways, metro centers, and highly dense residential areas. The study will be addressed through the Update of the 2040 Plan/ Transportation Plan. Additional, traffic model forecasts will be used to test alternative road network plans. The RCS network will include state highways, state routes, major county roads and major municipal arterials.

    Development of the RCS network takes into consideration planned and programmed projects.

    Background/Basis :

Work Elements/Methodology:


NIRPC will work closely with member jurisdictions to identify a Regionally Significant Corridors network to serve as input to the NIRPC regional planning process. However individual routes in the RCS network could become part of the long-range elemnts of the CRP and be programmed as projects to advance relative to available funding and regional priorities. The scope of this study will include:

  1. Define study area

  2. Research techniques and best practices for regional corridors

  3. Evaluate existing, planned and proposed major transportation corridors in the region.

  4. Utilize travel time data and identified congested areas from the CMP

  5. Develop a list of stakeholders

  6. Develop a survey and distribute it to stakeholders, transportation agencies, large organizations/ employers that relay on the existing transportation system within the region. The purpose of the survey is to rank potential priorities for the RCS network

  7. Define with stakeholders the regionally significant corridors network

  8. Create a map of the proposed network within the study area

  9. Run the transportation travel model using the proposed network to examine the effect on travel in the identified congested areas

  10. Summarize the research and survey results


  1. Collect data for the defined corridors network that could include and are not limited to:

    1. Average daily traffic volumes

      1. Average trip lengths

      2. Percentage of through traffic

      3. Percentage of truck traffic

    2. Existing and proposed Land use

    3. Right of way ownership d. Flooding/ wetland

      1. Intersection traffic control device

      2. Railroads crossing

      3. Typical section of roadway (number and width of travel lanes, shoulders, and turn lane(s)

      4. Stormwater management

      5. Utility information

      j. Historical properties (state / national register)

      k. Access management features (medians, right in / right out, islands, etc.)

  2. Identify the need to improve connectivity and mobility that could include adding new segments or roads

  3. Develop recommendations to the proposed network FY 2015/2016 End Products:

  1. Regional Significant Corridors Network (RSCN) Map

  2. Typology of the RSCN

  3. Summary of recommendations

2040 Comprehensive Regiona l Plan Update Compa nion Amendment #3

Amendment #3 to the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion will add a project to the Capacity Expansion Projects published on P 11-62 of the Plan. The revised Capacity Expa nsion Projects table will include in the Open to Traffic by 2020 list:

Open-to-traffic date : Before Janua ry 1, 2020

Beginning Point: SR-249 at Existing Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Bridge

End Point: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Project Sponsor: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT}

201 6-2019 Tra nsportati on Improvement Prog ra m for La ke, Porter, and La Porte Cou nties, I ndia na

Amendment #33 January 2017

New LPA Projects/P roject Phases


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Bridge rehab/repair Willowcreek


1601923 Portage Add Phase Chicago CN 2018 $ 800,000 $ 640,000 $ 160,000 Rd bridge over 1-80/90



This project repl aces 1 1 7371 6, City of Porta ge city-wide traff ic intercon nect system.

Executed a g reement between City & I N DOT assigned b rid ge maintenance responsi bilities to City.