Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Transportation Alternative Program
Rossi Group provided onsite program assistance to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) for the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), Transportation Enhancement Program (TE), and Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS), and Scenic Byways and Recreational Trails Programs.
Rossi assisted in scheduling, facilitating, and attending design review meetings, milestone meetings, and partnering meetings including the preparation of agendas, handouts, reports, and minutes. Attendees include MDOT SHA Divisions and District offices, MDOT’s The Secretary’s Office, project sponsors, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, the National Capital Regional Transportation Planning Board, the National Park Service, and Maryland Department of General Services.
Coordination, Correspondence, and Public Outreach Support
Rossi proactively coordinated and worked closely with the Local Public Agency (LPA) and project sponsors including assisting with program application review packages; planning and facilitating project kickoff meeting; preparing a Memorandum of Understanding; providing guidance to project sponsors to ensure that federal regulations are being met; reviewing of invoices, monthly progress reports, and processing reimbursement requests; tracking of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goals; assisting with troubleshooting of the online Electronic Grants Application System, and developing a SRTS toolkit for schools. Using the MDOT SHA internal program guidelines and following the required Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and MDOT SHA procedures, Rossi updated the project status in the program database, tracked their status, and communicated potential project and program concerns. Rossi responded to stakeholder and citizens’ requests and coordinated with the District offices to provide project information and status updates.
Construction Contract Plans and Review
Rossi coordinated and oversaw the review of engineering contract documents across multiple disciplines. Letters to environmental agencies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Right-of-Way documentation was reviewed and submitted to FHWA for approval. Concept design plans and construction contract plans, specifications, special provisions, and cost estimates were reviewed for completeness and consistency. The determination was made if Approval to Advertise and Concurrence of Award could be granted.
Rossi assisted with statewide projects; some notable projects include:
St. Michael’s Elementary/Middle School Sidewalk Improvements - St. Michaels, Talbot County (SRTS) – This project proposes ADA compliant sidewalks and ramps, curb and gutter, and new crosswalks at the elementary school to provide safe and convenient connections for students. In addition, a safe biking and walking route map was developed, and bike helmets, wristbands, and training brochures were provided to students.
Jethro Street Sidewalk Installation - North East, Cecil County (SRTS) -The project provides a pedestrian linkage between Jethro Street and the North East Middle School on East Cecil Avenue. The new ADA compliant sidewalk replaces a deteriorated path which is currently not handicap accessible; new thermoplastic crosswalks are installed in three locations.
Rehabilitation and Preservation of Ridgely Railroad Station, Phase I - Ridgely, Caroline County (TAP) - The historic 1892 railroad depot was returned to its original configuration and appearance by constructing a covered deck surrounding the depot and restoring the interior, roof, and supporting pillars over the platform. The historic transportation facility now serves as an interpretative center.
Wharves at Choptank Crossing - Denton, Caroline County (TAP) - Construction of the Heritage Visitor Center is part of linking the two riverfronts. It provides a unique tourism destination for motorists and boaters and enhances the historical preservation of the many historic resources nearby. Elevating the roadway surface ensures that the tidal influence is mitigated.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center - Dorchester County (TAP) - Construction of a visitor center on Maryland State Park and National Park Service land to commemorate the historic significance of Harriet Tubman and to enhance the visitor experience along the existing Scenic Byway.
Jacob Tome Gas House Visitor Center - Port Deposit, Cecil County (TAP) - This project preserves and rehabilitates the 166-year-old historic utility building on the waterfront. The building now serves as a visitor center for the Star-Spangled Banner Byway, The National Scenic Byways Trail, the John Smith Water Trail, and the Lower Susquehanna Greenway Trail.