Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Transportation Research Board, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences, has invited Bernalillo County’s Capital Improvement Program’s technical evaluation team to exhibit their work at its annual meeting this week in Washington, D.C.
For the 2012 bond cycle, the county’s Public Works team evaluated over 170 project requests received from the public.
Initially, Public Works developed the technical evaluation system for proposed road construction projects. Now, the technical evaluation system has been expanded to all proposed projects.
“The Public Works project team has long been at the forefront of this type of project evaluation process,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “Although the methodology continues to evolve, the process has now been successfully deployed and fully utilized by the county in three successive general obligation bonding cycles.”
The latest development in improving the evaluation process has been to bring the results directly to the residents.
The evaluations sheets of capital improvement proposed projects in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County are available online for the public’s review.
Over 170 project requests that were submitted by county residents last summer have been reviewed, evaluated and ranked. The resulting score sheets and project rankings can be accessed online at the county’s website at www.bernco.gov/CIP
“For the 2012 bond cycle, it was the county’s objective to not only effectively evaluate all project requests but to also make the project evaluation process as transparent as possible,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “Residents simply have to go online and search the project database for the evaluation score sheet of a particular project or they can view all of the proposed projects score sheets.”
The project evaluation process helps the county prioritize projects.
The 2012 bond cycle wrapped up with the general election last November. The bond questions asked voters to authorize the issuance of bonds for projects in the areas of transportation, wastewater systems, a new animal shelter and library materials. All of the bond questions passed.
The Transportation Research Board supports and researches innovative transportation solutions. About 11,000 people from the U.S. and from over 70 countries are expected to attend the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington D.C.
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