Michael Ligibel, Planning & Programs Administrator
The District Two Planning and Programs department has the responsibility of initiating and programming highway construction projects, developing district-wide work programs, and also monitoring progress of project plan development. Field reviews are conducted by this department to determine the existing conditions of pavement, culverts, bridge, and various other structures.
Once a proposed construction project is programmed into the Project Development Management System, the next thing the Planning department does is to schedule 10 activities to monitor the developmental progress of a project. These 10 activities are considered to be a standard minimum of activities and are: Authorization to Proceed, Environmental Clearance, Stage 1 Review, Stage 2 Review, Stage 3 Review, R/W Plan Approved/None Required, Tracing Completed in District, R/W and Utility Clearance, Plan Package to Central Office, and the Award Date.
Planning & Programs also ensures the proper and timely use of all district allocated funds; conducts and coordinates environmental reviews of construction projects; reviews traffic impact studies and access management-related issues; conducts public meetings and hearings; coordinates district safety review team and highway safety program; serves as district's multi-modal (rail, air, transit, water) contact; serves as a liaison to MPO (TMACOG); and also deals with LPA coordination.