August 20, 2020 | Issue 8
TRENDING NOW IN TRANSPORTATION
DRAFT 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Open for Public Review
The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is one of the SCTPO’s federally required work products. Due to changes in the planning process (economic, environmental, political, policy, transportation bills, etc.) the plan must be updated every five (5) years. In 2018, we began to work on updating the 2045 LRTP. The last two years’ worth of work and input from our citizens has been summarized in this user-friendly document. 

The SCTPO is currently asking public citizens to review the DRAFT 2045 LRTP Plan document during the 30-day public comment period which began on August 11, 2020 and ends September 10, 2020. Check out this quick recap video of the LRTP process.
Join Our Virtual Public Meeting! Minton Road Feasibility Study
Join us! The Space Coast TPO and the City of West Melbourne will host a virtual kick-off public meeting, to discuss the Minton Road Feasibility Study (from Palm Bay Road to US 192), on Wednesday, August 26, at 5:30 PM.

The study is focused on exploring alternatives that improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the corridor and providing intersection improvements to help with the function of the roadway.
Initial findings, including proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities and intersection improvements will be presented during this virtual presentation.

Citizens will have the opportunity to explore the project, get more information, and provide feedback via a website.
SCTPO, National Coalition for Safer Roads Host Stop On Red Event
On August 6, 2020, the SCTPO partnered with the National Coalition for Safer Roads and Brevard County Sheriff's Office to host an on-the-street safety education event to raise awareness about Stop On Red Week 2020. Thank you so much to our community and state partners for taking the time to remind drivers about a simple step that can save a life.

City of Palm Bay Celebrates St Johns Heritage Parkway Opening
On August 11, 2020, City of Palm Bay leaders hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new segment of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway. The 1.67-mile roadway runs east-west connecting Babcock Street with the new I-95 interchange.

The new section of the Parkway and new southern interchange are now open! #PalmBay60 #PalmBayProud
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION UPDATES
Florida Departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection Launch Trail Safety Video
The Florida Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection are reminding all trail users to stay safe. Trail safety is important. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent crashes.

Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to: look, listen, obey signs/markings, and take control of our own safety.
As of August 20, 2020, below is a list of updated construction work on major FDOT road projects. For more info visit www.cflroads.com.

Recently Completed Projects:
  • SR A1A and SR 520 Intersection Improvments
  • I-95 Interchange at Micco Road - Now Open!
  • Resurfacing and Trail Project on SR 406 (from Indian River Ave to west of Max Brewer Bridge)

SR 514 (Malabar Road)
  • Intersection Improvements at Corey and Weber Roads.
  • This project is expected to be completed by Spring 2021.

Intersection Improvements Hibiscus, Ballard and U.S. 192   
  • This work is upgrading the signal system at three intersections on U.S. 1 in Melbourne. Mast arms will replace the current cable and pole system. Work is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2020.
  • There will be daily lane closures at each intersection

Drainage Improvements on U.S. 1 Rockledge  
  • Northbound traffic to be switched to the southbound lanes in Rockledge, soon.
  • This project is adding a new box culvert on U.S. 1 in Rockledge to help alleviate flooding in the area.

Courtenay Parkway to SR 528 ITS Upgrades (From Cone Road to SR 528)
  • This project will install an ITS system along S.R. 3 to improve traffic flow and traffic signal data communication.
  • This project is expected to be complete by Spring 2021.

SR 405 at Sisson Road (Titusville) Intersection Improvements
  • This project will add turn lanes at the intersection & mill and resurface the roadway. This project began Spring 2020 and is expected to be completed Fall 2020.

S.R. 405 at Grissom Parkway, Barna Avenue & S.R. 50 in Titusville
  • This project will add turn lanes and upgrade the signals at each intersection. This project is expected to be complete in early 2021.
Get Involved!
FDOT Florida Transportation Plan
Together, we’re growing, learning and adapting to refine Florida’s transportation future. See and share Florida’s vision for a transportation system for all.
Access the Florida Vision Element at www.floridatransportationplan.com to read more. #FloridaTransportationPlan
Brightline Orlando Extension Construction Updates
Brightline announces lane closures, work zone, railroad crossing and bridge work information for Phase 2 construction from Orlando to West Palm Beach, connecting Orlando to South Florida: 8.16 Brightline Orlando Extension Construction Update.

Motorists and watercraft should proceed with extra caution through work zones and adhere to posted detour signs, speed limits and other signage.
Railroad construction information can also be found online here.
SCTPO STAFF RECONIGITIONS
Let's Build It Together Award
Congratulations to Steven Bostel, Lisa Hickman, and Sarah Kraum for receiving the Let's Build It Together Award for their response to the extremely unique (and stressful) challenges in conducting virtual SCTPO Board and Committee Meetings during the onset of COVID-19.

In March, SCTPO staff was faced with obtaining, learning and using new virtual platforms. Once a new program was selected, the GoToWebinar service, staff had to learn how to be organizers, and the differences between audience and panelist. Audio and video technologies were also integrated into the mix. Conducting and broadcasting meetings required a full team approach. Sharing links on how to register, offering the public additional opportunities to participate and be involved was noteworthy.

The success of moving over to virtual could not have been accomplished without everyone putting in many extra hours of research, learning and just developing new protocols and directions.
Laying Asphalt Awards
Chelsea Forgenie,
GIS Transportation Data Analyst
This past year, Chelsea created an online dashboard of crash data in support of the Vision Zero effort. Her presentation to the Task Force was easy to follow and visually appealing. She also analyzed and compiled the School Travel Survey, providing for the first time an opportunity to identify trends and to show how important the bicycle education program is in Brevard.
Carol Holden, Finance Specialist
Carol's work ensures that the SCTPO is utilizing its funds appropriately and are consistent will all rules and regulations. She is being recognized for her work excelling in the management of the SCTPO's finances and in achieving another clean audit.
Kim Smith,
Education & Safety Coordinator
Kim Smith was recognized for her dedication as the project manager for the latest program, Vision Zero Action Plan development. With her knowledge and contacts at the local, state and national level, she organized and kicked-off the plan development with a Symposium that was a huge success.
PUBLIC INFORMATION
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: Sept 8, 9:30 AM
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to adhere CDC recommendations, the SCTPO will host its Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings separately to maintain safe social distancing practices.

The SCTPO will hold the Technical Advisory Committee on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955.

The Technical Advisory Committee reviews the work progress and evaluates the technical acceptability of plans and studies. They make recommendations to the SCTPO Governing Board, with supporting technical information to assist them with policy-making decisions.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Committee Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: Sept 8, 1:30 PM
ue to the impacts of COVID-19 and to adhere CDC recommendations, the SCTPO will host its Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings separately to maintain safe social distancing practices.

The SCTPO will hold the Citizens Advisory Committee on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955.

The function of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to provide citizens’ views and recommendations on projects, plans, and programs through the Committee to the SCTPO Governing Board.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Committee Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
SCTPO Governing Board Meeting: Sept 10, 1:30 PM
The SCTPO will hold the SCTPO Governing Board Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Center for Collaboration, located at 1100 Rockledge Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955.

The Governing Board provides continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning process that meets Federal and State guidelines for the expenditure of Federal Transportation funds in Brevard.

If you have the capability, the SCTPO is strongly encouraging public citizens to please attend virtually. Attending virtually will help to reserve those in-person limited seats for those who may not have access to attend online.
Members of the public may Register Here.

***Board Members: Please DO NOT use the above link, your custom registration link will be sent to you at a later date.
Brevard Public Schools: Now Hiring Bus Drivers
Brevard Public Schools is currently hiring bus drivers! If you know someone who loves working with children and enjoys the flexibility and benefits this position provides, call at 321-633-3690 or visit www.brevardschools.org.
Shape Your Future: Respond to the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is underway and Brevard County is currently No. 5 for self-response rates (66.9%) in Florida and just a few percentage points out of first. Let's make Brevard County #1. It's not too late to respond!

Did you know that the #2020Census impacts funding for the things that matter most? Your response impacts your parks, schools, and so much more. Learn more at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Know the Rules: Stop for School Buses
School starts next week! Please remember to STOP for schools buses. Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. Check out the different scenarios to understand the rules. 🚍🛑
NEWS FEATURES & UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 7/13/20, Brevard County Newsletter (July 2020): Vision Zero Social Media Campaign Promo




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