Mankato - Minn. - The Area Transportation Partnership for Mn/DOT District 7 (ATP-7) is now soliciting projects for the Transportation Enhancements program, a federally-funded program that targets projects such as trails, environmental mitigation and historical preservation that are transportation related.
The ATP - 7 is looking for projects in the fiscal years 2008-2011. They target about $1 million annually, though that can vary, and have set a maximum of $400,000 per project each year. The ATP consists of representatives from counties, cities, regional development commissions, transit agencies and Mn/DOT.
Information and applications have been mailed to cities with populations over 5,000, counties and state agencies. Individuals with a project to propose need to apply through their local government. A local match of at least 20 percent of the estimated cost of the project is required.
The 12 eligible Transportation Enhancements include:
- Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles
- Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicycles
- Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites
- Scenic or historic highway programs
- Landscaping and other scenic beautification
- Historic preservation of a transportation related structures
- Rehabilitation and operation of historic buildings, structures, facilities
- Establishment of transportation museums
- Preservation of abandoned railroad corridors
- Control and removal of outdoor advertising
- Archaeological planning and research
- Mitigation of water pollution due to highway runoff
The deadline for proposing projects is December 31, 2006.
For more information contact Mark Scheidel at the Mn/DOT in Mankato at 507-380-6149 or 1-800-657-3747 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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