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Infrastructure Grants

Infrastructure Grants

Fairmont Elementary
Fairmont Elementary in Fairmont, MN

Engineering the built environment for safer walking and bicycling routes is one of the five E’s to the comprehensive Safe Routes to School approach. The SRTS Program provides funding support for capital projects that promotes and encourages more students to walk or bicycle to school by making the school routes safer and more accessible.

The following are some types of infrastructure improvements that communities may request funding support for.

  • School site improvements: secure bicycle parking facilities, traffic diversion improvements, and ADA improvements
  • Pedestrian facilities: new sidewalk, sidewalk gap closures, and related ADA improvements
  • Bicycle facilities: bicycle trails, separated multi-use or shared paths and related ADA improvements
  • Traffic calming and crossing improvements: curb extensions, speed humps, median refuges, enhanced crosswalk markings, timed on/off beacons, vehicle feedback signs (dynamic speed signs), and other traffic control devices

Identifying SRTS Infrastructure Improvements

SRTS communities identify infrastructure needs through SRTS or community planning. SRTS planning is comprehensive with the 5Es (education, enforcement, encouragement, engineering, and evaluation). For the engineering component, communities would evaluate safety and accessibility concerns with the existing walking and bicycling routes. Based on the information gathered during the planning, the community will have a better understanding of where infrastructure improvements could be made to enable more students to walk or bike. Other planning efforts such as a city’s comprehensive plan or active living plan are also useful in identifying non-motorized transportation needs to enable students to get to school.

Additional site evaluation, stakeholder engagement and engineering is needed after planning to determine what each community needs in a SRTS project.

2018 Infrastructure Solicitation

This is a statewide Safe Routes to School solicitation, conducted jointly with the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation for greater Minnesota. Projects selected for the state bond funded SRTS grants may get up to 100 percent of their infrastructure project cost reimbursed, up to $300,000. Grant funds are reimbursed to a community after the approved construction work is completed. Please read the SRTS Infastructure Program Guide (PDF, 150 KB) to learn more about eligibility, fund requirements, expectations, and other important information pertaining to this grant before starting the application process.

How to apply

There is a two-step process for submitting an infrastructure application. Greater Minnesota applicants please follow instructions for the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation. Metro area applicants please follow directions below:

  1. Complete and submit the Letter of Intent Worksheet to MnDOT at saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us by October 31, 2018. In this phase your Letter of Intent will be reviewed for eligibility and project readiness. Applicants will be provided feedback about their Letter of Intent and guidance to proceed to the full application phase.
  2. Complete and submit the 2018 SRTS Application with the required attachments to MnDOT at saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us by January 4, 2019.

2018-19 solicitation timeline

  • Monday, October 1, 2018 – Announce joint Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School solicitation. Open letter of intent period.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • Friday, January 4, 2019 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.

Project sponsor resources

The project sponsor takes on the responsibilities of developing, constructing, and maintaining a state bond project according to state requirements. Learn more about sponsor responsibilities in the State Aid Manual and DCP checklist.