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
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
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.