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Transportation Alternative Program – Funding Available!

by Melissa on September 13th, 2016

The Southwest Area Transportation Partnership will be soliciting for Transportation Alternative projects for the year 2021. In the UMVRDC region, projects in Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, and Lac qui Parle Counties are eligible for funding from the SW ATP. For projects in Big Stone and Swift Counties the application deadlines will be forthcoming.

Eligible applicants include a State Aid cities (cities over 5,000 in population – Montevideo in our region), any county, state agencies, and Upper Sioux Community. If you are not a state aid entity, you must have an eligible applicant sponsor your application.

Projects must have a 20% local match.

Eligible Projects:

Transportation Alternatives as defined in section 101 [former 23 U.S.C. 101(a)(29)]:

  1.  Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).
    • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
    • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
    • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
    • Community improvement activities, which include but are not limited to:
      1. inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
      2. historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
  • vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under title 23.
  • Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to:
    1. address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in sections 23 U.S.C. 133(b)(3) [as amended under the FAST Act], 328(a), and 329 of title 23; or
    2. reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats (Former 23 U.S.C. 213(b)(2)-(4)).
  1. Therecreational trails program under 23 U.S.C. 206 of title 23.
  2. Thesafe routes to school program eligible projects and activities listed at section 1404(f) of the SAFETEA-LU:
    • Infrastructure-related projects.
    • Noninfrastructure-related activities.
    • SRTS coordinator. SAFETEA-LU section 1404(f)(2)(A) lists “managers of safe routes to school programs” as eligible under the noninfrastructure projects.
  3. Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

o   See Boulevards from Divided Highways for examples.To apply there is a two-step process:

  1. Letter of Intent: to apply there is a short pre-application that will be due October 31, 2016 . After submitting this an onsite review of your project will be coordinated by our office. This process is intended to ensure eligibility and to determine project readiness for a full application.
  2. Final and complete applications will be due January 13, 2017.

Application materials will be available by September 30. If you are thinking about a potential project, please contact our office for more information!

Contact  or at 320-289-1981 x 101

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