Archive for November, 2012


Colorado Launching Multi-decade, Multimodal Transportation Plan

The Denver Post recently featured an article about Colorado’s plan to launch a massive, multimodal, multi-year reconstruction plan for north Interstate 25. The plan, which has yet to receive funding from local, state or federal sources, includes tolled express lanes on the interstate north of Denver, the rebuilding of six interchanges in northern Colorado, and the widening of the interstate through Fort Collins.

According to the Denver Post’s article, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Ashley Mohr said, “We just want to have the designs on the shelf and ready to go when we have the funding.”

Phase 1 of the I-25 improvements is expected to cost $670 million and to take at least 20 plus years to complete. However,  CDOT would like to have the plans available when funding becomes available. Three contractors will develop the plan for the multiple phase construction project. Planning is projected to take at least a year and is likely to cost $50 million dollars.

“The design phase of the North I-25 Reconstruction Project is the next step in planning for an effective multimodal transportation system that is greatly needed for the economic health of northern Colorado,” said CDOT regional transportation director Johnny Olson. “Funding still needs to be identified in order to implement the design projects, but we are working to find it in coordination with the (Federal Highway Administration), as well as local communities, agencies and industries.”

The revamping of of I-25 has been broken down into phases. CDOT’s first three project locations of Phase 1 improvements are:

• Colorado 66 north of Longmont to Colorado 56 near Berthoud: Tolled express lanes will be built, requiring the adding of one buffer-separated express lane in each direction of I-25 between Colorado 66 and Colorado 56, and between 120th Avenue and U.S. 36. That will connect to the existing I-25 express lane to downtown Denver.

• U.S. 36 Interchange: Six interchanges along north I-25 will be upgraded and will include the construction of an interchange at U.S. 34 and Centerra Parkway in Loveland.

• Colorado 392 in Windsor to Colorado 14 in Fort Collins: The project will include reconstructing and widening I-25 between Colorado 392 and Colorado 14 to add continuous acceleration and deceleration lanes that ultimately will become part of an eight-lane configuration.

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Light Rail Referendum Passed In Virginia Beach

The Tide is one step closer to expanding to Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach voters approved a nonbinding referendum on the light-rail system. Sixty-two percent of voters approved the Virginia Beach light rail referendum in the recent election. The ballot question asked if the Virginia Beach City Council should adopt an ordinance to support expanding the Tide from Norfolk. The Tide launched in Norfolk last year, it was the first light rail system in Virginia. Expansion supporters believe expanding the light rail system to Virginia Beach would positively impact economic development in Hampton Roads and decrease traffic congestion.

On election day, Randy Wright and Associates President, W. Randy Wright spoke to citizens entering the polls about voting ‘Yes’  for the referendum to expand the Tide.

“Today is an extremely important day for the future of light rail in Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach residents have the opportunity to support completion of the study which will create the footprint for riders to one day ride from the Virginia Beach oceanfront to Old Dominion University and on to the Norfolk Naval Base,” said Randy Wright, known as the Father of Light Rail in Hampton Roads.

Mr. Wright was instrumental in the development of The Tide in Hampton Roads. Randy Wright and Associates offers urban development and transportation consultation services. Contact us to launch your next multimodal transportation project. 

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Birmingham Looks to Residents for City Transportation Plan Input

Multimodal transportation planning is underway in Birmingham, MI and they want resident’s input. The city of Birmingham is in the initial planning stages of developing a multimodal transportation system. The plan is intended to improve all modes of transportation and to also make pedestrian, bike and public transit travel easier and safer.

The city has developed a survey to identify travel patterns, resident requested improvements and proposed project outcomes. The survey was available online and at the Birmingham clerk’s office located at the City Hall building, 151 Martin St. or at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St.  The online survey closed  at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The survey results will be presented at the city’s commission meeting on Nov. 12 and posted on the commission’s web site.  For more information about the survey, contact assistant city planner Susanna Weckerle at (248) 530-1846.

Randy Wright and Associates provides multi-modal planning, development and consultation services. Contact us to launch your next transportation project.

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Randy Wright & Associates President will be talking to Virginia Beach voters today in support of the light rail referendum

Father of Light Rail to Work the Polls at Arrowhead Elementary School

Randy Wright & Associates President will be talking to Virginia Beach voters today in support of the light rail referendum.

VIRGINIA BEACH VA, NOVEMBER 6, 2012: RWA President, W. Randy Wright, will be at Arrowhead Elementary School on Susquehanna Drive in Virginia Beach today from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Mr. Wright will be talking to citizens entering the polling station about the benefits of a ‘Yes’ vote for the referendum in support of extending The Tide light rail line from Norfolk into Virginia Beach.

“Today is an extremely important day for the future of light rail in Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach residents have the opportunity to support completion of the study which will create the footprint for riders to one day ride from the Virginia Beach oceanfront to Old Dominion University and on to the Norfolk Naval Base,” said Randy Wright, known as the Father of Light Rail in Hampton Roads.

Should the City Council adopt an ordinance approving the use of all reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of The Tide light rail into Virginia Beach?*

*The referendum allows Virginia Beach voters to provide City Council with their current level of interest in pursuing light rail as an update to the 1999 rail referendum.

Arrowhead Elementary School
5549 Susquehanna Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

ABOUT RANDY WRIGHT & ASSOCIATES
Randy Wright & Associates is a development, transportation, and government relations consulting firm focused on public/private finance and land planning. The firm provides a unique range of services to builders, developers, and municipalities by joining together the experience of finance options and government contacts. The consultants at RWA have experience in residential, commercial and urban development projects in Virginia and across the United States. For more information on Randy Wright & Associates, visit http://randywrightassociates.com.

Media and interview requests for W. Randy Wright and Randy Wright & Associates should be directed to JASE Group LLC at http://randywrightassociates.com/media/rwa-public-relations-contacts for scheduling.

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September Figures Show Housing Market Still on the Rise

New residential construction starts in the U.S. peaked in September 2012 to a four-year high according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Subsequently, housing sales climbed 5.7 percent to a 389,000 annual pace, the most since April 2010, following a revised 368,000 rate in August.

Other highlights from the September New Housing Sales report included:

  • September privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000. The increase is a 15.0 percent (±12.1%)  over the revised August estimate of 758,000 and is 34.8 percent (±18.2%) above the September 2011 rate of 647,000.
  • September single-family housing starts were at a rate of 603,000; this is  an 11.0 percent (±11.1%)  increase over the revised August figure of 543,000.  Accordingly,  the September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 260,000.
  • September privately-owned housing completions were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 683,000. This is an  0.4 percent (±11.2%)  increase from the revised August estimate of 680,000 and is a 13.8 percent (±16.2%) above the September 2011 rate of 600,000.
  • September single-family housing completions were at a rate of 524,000; this is an 8.5 percent (±15.4%) increase over the revised August rate of 483,000. Accordingly, the September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 145,000.

Randy Wright and Associates specializes in economic and urban development. Contact us to jumpstart your next urban development project. 

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