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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

December 18, 2006

ODOT TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECTS

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced ODOT will begin accepting letters of interest on Jan. 1, 2007 for the states first round of funding through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

The program will provide approximately $3 million in federal funding the first half of 2007, for projects that will make it safer and more appealing for children in kindergarten through eighth grade to walk or ride their bikes to school. The program will provide approximately $5 million dollars of funding a year through 2009 for a variety of activities from educational, encouragement, planning activities and health projects to infrastructure projects such as sidewalks, pedestrian and bike paths, crosswalks, traffic calming or bike racks.

These projects are unique for ODOT, said Proctor. They can not only help improve infrastructure, but also support programs that help make it safer and more appealing for children to walk or ride their bikes to school.

The program was created by the recent federal transportation bill, which specifies how states can spend federal gas tax dollars.

  • The program is 100 percent federally funded through the Federal Highway Administration, which means there will be no required match from applicants.
  • A minimum of 10 percent and a maximum of 30 percent of Ohios allocation must be used for non-infrastructure related activities such as education, enforcement and encouragement.

The application process opens Jan.1, 2007 by submitting a standard Letter of Interest (LOI; standard form available on the Web site) to the respective ODOT district office by Jan. 26, 2007. Based on acceptance of the LOI, sponsors will be invited by ODOT beginning Feb. 23, 2007 to complete an application, which is to be submitted by April 27.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public agency or have a public agency sponsor the application. Likely applicants will be state, local and regional agencies including nonprofit organizations.

ODOT will be looking for projects that encompass engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation of programs that encourage children to walk or ride their bikes to school. The funding available through this round can be used immediately if the project is ready. There will be a second round of funding available for 2007 beginning in April, with applications being due in September.