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Safe Routes to School

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.

2015 Infrastructure Solicitation

This is a statewide Safe Routes to School solicitation with set-aside federal funds to support the SRTS Program. Selected projects within a 2 mile radius of a K-8 school may get up to 80 percent of their infrastructure project cost reimbursed with federal funds. Grant funds are reimbursed to a community after the approved construction work is completed. Please read the 2015 SRTS Infrastructure Grant Guide (PDF, 400 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.

  1. Complete and submit the Letter of Intent Worksheet to MnDOT at saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us by October 30, 2015. In this phase your LOI will be reviewed for eligibility and project readiness. Applicants will be provided feedback about their LOI and guidance to proceed to the full application phase.
  2. Complete and submit the 2015 SRTS Application with the required attachments to MnDOT at saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us by January 8, 2016.

Project Sponsor Resources

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