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E-Scene April 2022

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$7.5 million awarded to SRTS Infrastructure projects

By: Mitch Kiecker, Active Transportation Engineer

The 2021 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure grant solicitation wrapped up in March, with just under $7.5 million awarded to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects across the state. In total, 23 project were awarded, and improvements included anywhere from sidewalk replacements, to new trails, to enhanced crossings with new medians. Many of these projects will begin construction later this year, while the remaining projects will enter construction in 2023. Grant awards ranged from $77,000 to the program maximum of $500,000, and while some awarded grants will only partially cover the project costs, many of the grant awards will cover the total construction costs for the entire project.

This year was also a highly competitive year for the SRTS Infrastructure program with 55 applications totaling more than $17 million in grant requests for SRTS related improvements. Applications came from schools, cities, and counties from every MnDOT district in the state. Applicants were scored on the quality of the proposed project, safety risks addressed by the project, previous work with the SRTS program, and equity scores generated by the Student Transportation Equity for Priority Populations (STEPP) tool. (More information on the STEPP tool can be found here.)

If additional SRTS funding is allocated by the legislature this year, we will administer another SRTS infrastructure program solicitation in the fall. This will be concurrent with the active transportation program, which has $3.5 million available for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. These active transportation projects do not need to be affiliated with a school or school district and can be any bicycle or pedestrian infrastructure improvement located anywhere in the community. More information on each program will be available this coming summer.

For more information about the SRTS Infrastructure program and related solicitations, please visit the SRTS Infrastructure Grant webpage or contact Mitch Kiecker at mitchell.kiecker@state.mn.us or
651-366-3827.