Nearly $22 million awarded for local projects benefiting bicycle, pedestrian transportation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2016
A truly connected transportation system that meets the needs of communities includes options for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and several cities, counties, schools and state parks in Oklahoma are getting a boost in delivering these types of local improvements. At its Monday, Aug. 1 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded nearly $22 million for 45 local projects as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program. The program is federally-funded and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
A few of the projects receiving TAP funding include a City of Edmond trail project at Arcadia Lake, a Rogers County multi-use trail between Claremore and Catoosa and a City of Lawton pedestrian bridge at I-44.
Funding for TAP is designated for projects like sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, streetscapes, safe routes to school, and environmental or historical preservation projects. In 2012, U.S. Congress approved the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which consolidated several previous transportation enhancement, trail and safe routes to school project categories into one program, TAP, to allow more flexibility at the state and local levels.
Federal funds provide up to 80 percent of the total cost of the projects, while the applicants must provide at least 20 percent. Eligible applicants include cities, towns, counties and other local government agencies, schools, tribal governments, regional transportation or public transit agencies and natural resource or public land agencies.
This year’s TAP application process was very competitive, with a total of 88 eligible project applications submitted to ODOT. The department worked with Oklahoma’s 11 regional planning districts to review and recommend projects, taking regional priorities and available funding into consideration. The next application period for TAP funding is planned for early 2018 and ODOT encourages all eligible local government entities to apply.
A full list and a map of projects receiving TAP funding are available at www.odot.org/tap.
For more information about the projects, contact the local applicants.
This map shows local projects receiving TAP funding, approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its Monday, Aug. 1 meeting.
(Editors and News Directors: For more information, call the ODOT Media and Public Relations Division at 405-521-6000.)