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$20 million available for bicycle, pedestrian, and Transportation Enhancement projects
5/24/2012
ODOT has opened the application process for $20 million in funding for bicycle/pedestrian and Transportation Enhancement projects. Projects chosen will receive state-funded grants from ODOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (OBPAC) and federal funds from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program. The two programs recently moved to ODOT’s newly-created Active Transportation Section, with a goal of creating efficiencies and maximizing available funding.
 
The combined TE/OBPAC competitive application process will award funds starting in July 2013. All projects previously eligible under either the TE or Pedestrian/Bicycle program are eligible in the new process. Requests may include bicycle and pedestrian facilities within or outside a street right-of-way, such as sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, intersection improvements, streetscapes, bike boulevards, minor roadway widening for bikeways, and shared-use paths within or separate from a roadway corridor. Requests may also include transportation-related scenic, historic, and environmental mitigation activities, including restoring historic transportation buildings, providing wildlife crossings or water pollution mitigation, or adding landscaping, view­points, and interpretive sites that help travelers appreciate the scenery and history along Oregon roads and highways. 

ODOT will accept proposals from local, state and federal agencies or from non-profit or for-profit entities in partnership with a public agency. Application materials, instructions and project requirements are available from ODOT’s Active Transportation Section website. Project proposals are due June 6, 2012.
 
In past years, the TE and Pedestrian/Bicycle programs coordinated the timing and process of their project selection to serve a wide spectrum of needs. Locating both programs in the Active Transportation Section creates more opportunity for comprehensive solutions; instead of a separate, parallel process
 
for the two streams of funding, they now work together to provide a broader view of potential investments. This is part of ODOT’s larger vision of strategic and integrated investment of transportation funds. Expected benefits of the new approach include an easier process for applicants, greater administrative efficiency within ODOT, better leveraging of funds, and greater success in advancing and completing projects.
 
Applications for the Combined TE/OBPAC funding will be evaluated on five major criteria: legacy benefit; system benefit; community benefit; user benefit; and importance and need.
 
For more information, including materials from a recent webinar on the application process, visit the joint program website. For questions about project eligibility or the project selection process, call ODOT’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Program office at (503) 986-3555 or the TE Program at (503) 986-3528.