“The number of times we’ve rebuilt some of these intersections could have paid for this plan,” Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said.
The contract calls for Freese and Nichols to work with the city to create guiding principles, goals and objectives. An assessment of the existing transportation system and current and future system needs will be aided by public surveys.
Freese and Nichols will forecast transportation conditions and develop a plan and prioritization as well as policies and programs. The final stages will be implementation and documentation.
City Council member Tom Kovach, who made the motion to adopt the original contract said he was concerned that a public meeting had been removed and some of the work listed in the original contract was being shifted to city staff.
While staff has the skillset to perform certain aspects of the work, Kovach said shifting that burden to them puts too much on an already full plate.