Arkansas – The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ADOT) is preparing a $3.6 billion road project list, led by a $475 million effort to widen Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis over 20 years.
The 31 projects outlined in the proposed plan would help relieve congestion on thoroughfares around the state, which has more than 8,000 roads with failing pavement ratings. A draft map of the projects also calls for spending $350 million in improvements to interstates 30 and 40 in Little Rock and North Little Rock.
Other projects include building two new sections of Interstate 49 from Highway 22 to Interstate 40 for an estimated $270 million and from an unincorporated area known as “Y” City to south of Greenwood for $270 million. Highway 67 improvements from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line would cost $180 million. A Highway 82 project would receive $160 million to widen the road from Texarkana to Lake Village. An estimated $150 million would fund construction of a two-lane Interstate 69 in southeast Arkansas, and $100 million would be spent to widen sections of highways 62, 63, and 412 from Huntsville to Black Rock.
The plan depends heavily on voters’ approval to continue a half-percent sales tax in perpetuity. The tax was originally approved in 2012 on a temporary basis. If the measure is successful, the sales tax revenues would fund a $1.8 billion road construction program and generate $205 million annually.
ADOT’s director expects to present a draft of the plan to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and finalize it by September 2019.
Utah – Plans for the estimated $1.1 billion to $1.8 billion Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) are coming together at the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD).
The 140-mile buried pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to Washington and Kane counties aided by five pump stations and six hydroelectric facilities providing a portion of the energy the stations need. According to the district’s website, the pipeline would be capable of transporting 82,249 acre feet of water per year to Washington County and 4,000 acre feet of water per year to Kane County. The state of Utah will fund the LPP and be repaid through participating districts’ impact fees, water rates, and property taxes.
District officials said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently finished its public comment period that now advances the pipeline project to the environmental study stage of its permitting process. A draft environmental impact statement is expected this fall. The project must pass several permitting stages and reviews before WCWCD opens it to contractor bidding.
Florida – The city of Pompano and the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are inviting developers to submit a request of interest (RFI) to redevelop a section of city-owned land within its downtown Innovation District. The RFI deadline is July 10. A request for proposals (RFP) will follow.
The city and CRA own more than 65 parcels on 30 acres with interstate frontage. Their vision is to create a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment throughout the entire downtown. The redevelopment is inspired by the global rise of the “Innovation District” concept that emphasizes a combination of business, technical, corporate, government, hospitality, education, and cultural uses.
The city has zoned the mostly vacant land with appropriate building height, density, and massing for a downtown, according to city documents. CRA funds would be available on a case-by-case basis to assist developers with infrastructure costs. New developments in the downtown will consist of active uses on the ground floor and residential and commercial uses on the upper floors. The first phase would include 750,000 square feet of office/flex space, 165,000 square feet of retail use, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, 1,500 residential units, up to 420 rooms in two hotels, and potential education opportunities.
The Innovation District is part of a 400-acre downtown that also includes Old Town, Civic Commons, and surrounding neighborhoods. A new $19.25 million cultural center is planned near Pompano’s library and city hall in the Civic Commons area. The city and CRA are exploring a possible public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to construct a new city hall and other government offices.
Hawaii – The city and county of Honolulu are planning to create a public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop the Neal S. Blaisdell Center arena complex for an estimated $800 million.
Officials with the consolidated city-county’s Department of Enterprise Services said they will issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) in July and a request for proposals (RFP) in December. The current master plan outlines the city’s and county’s shared vision to renovate the arena and concert hall, build a new exhibition hall and parking structures, and create new public and commercial spaces on the site.
Most of the facilities on the 22.4-acre Blaisdell Center complex have been in operation since 1964. They include an 8,800-seat multi-purpose arena, exhibition hall, galleria, concert hall, meeting rooms and parking structure.