State transportation department offering grants for biking, walking projects

The Washington State Department of Transportation is offering funding for community projects that make local roads, streets and highways safer and more accessible for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

The agency is seeking projects that increase safety, encourage healthier lifestyles and create more desirable, livable communities.

“Projects that make our roadways complete have been proven to reduce fatalities and injuries and improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers,” Kathleen Davis, WSDOT’s highways and local programs director, said in a March 27 press release. “The projects funded through these grants will also help communities stimulate economic growth, increase opportunities to walk and bike, and improve transportation connections.”

Successful projects will improve roadways for all users, according to the department, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Projects may include crossing improvements, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, bus pull-outs, curb cuts, ramps and shared-use paths.

State officials are encouraging cities, counties, tribal nations, transit agencies and others to apply for grant funding.

A online seminar on the application process and the review criteria will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. Registration information is available at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/454934657.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to WSDOT is June 30. Applications may be submitted online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/funding.htm.

A prioritized list of projects will be sent to the governor’s office by Dec. 15. Final decisions on projects and grant awards will be made by the state Legislature as part of the 2013-2015 biennial transportation budget process. Award announcements are expected by June 2013.


 

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