In an effort to improve decision making for future regional arterial and bridge investments, a more holistic and data-driven approach is required. The Arterial and Bridge Needs Assessment will deliver a dynamic platform to help us and our member agencies answer complex questions about the need for arterial and bridge investments. The platform will also provide analytical tools to assess project impact, scope, and opportunity cost. By using a combination of our internal databases and collaborating with our member agencies, we strive to provide accurate, updated, and actionable information through this platform.

Transportation Planner III
Ted Brown

Since 2002, needs and priorities in the region have changed. An informed and dynamic tool is needed for the next iteration of arterial investments.

What is this Project?

The project is an opportunity to provide a dynamic platform to answer complex questions about future arterial and bridge investments. The goals of the project include creating a centrally accessible data warehouse, provide cross-jurisdictional data for project comparison and create analytical tools for MAG's member agencies. This project is also another opportunity for MAG to be directly responsive to the data needs/requests of its member agencies.

What this Project is Not

A qualititative analysis. This project is data-driven. It is also not a replace for the project prioritization tools adapted from federal sources and approved by the MAG committees. We will endeavor to incorporate scoring metrics from those tools for easy comparison.

More importantly, this project is not a list of arterial and bridge projects to fund over 20 years.

Our consultant for the project is under contract for 18 months. The graphic below depicts an estimated timeline for this project.

Arterial and Bridge Needs Assessment Timeline

The first meeting for the member agencies occured on March, 21, 2019. Staff from thirteen member agencies participated. The kickoff meeting covered a wide variety of topics. The presentation and meeting minutes are posted below.

Kickoff Meeting Presentation
Kickoff Meeting Minutes

This meeting was an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for what type and kind of data should be included in the platorm. This was not the only opportunity for member agencies to provide their input though it was an important first step.

The next member agence meeting will be in July, 2019. We are committeed to providing meeting materials in advance and with at least one month's notice to encourage member agency participation.

MAG and the consultant team are currently researching best practices and looking to our peers to ensure we create the best possible product for our member agencies. We will need a few months to prepare our research and create materials for our member agencies to react to at our next meeting slated for sometime in July, 2019.

About MAG

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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