The Oregon Transportation Commission recently approved merging ODOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (OBPAC) with federal funds from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program. It is believed that the two integrated programs will create greater efficiencies and maximize available funding within the newly created Active Transportation Section.
ODOT will begin accepting applications on May 1st for the available $20 million in bicycle/pedestrian and transportation enhancement projects.
They will accept proposals from local, state and federal agencies or from non-profit or for-profit entities in partnership with a public agency. Application materials, instructions and project requirements will be available from ODOT's Active Transportation Section website on April 30th. Proposals are due no later than June 6th and funds will be awarded beginning July of 2013.
All projects previously eligible under either the Transportation Enhancement or Pedestrian/Bicycle programs are eligible in the new process. Requests may include:
• Bicycle and pedestrian facilities within or outside a street right-of-way, such as sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, intersection improvements, streetscapes, bike boulevards, minor roadway widening for bikeways, and shared-use paths within or separate from a roadway corridor.
• Transportation-related scenic, historic, and environmental mitigation activities, as well as restoring historic transportation buildings, providing wildlife crossings or water pollution mitigation, or adding landscaping, view-points, and interpretive sites that help travelers appreciate the scenery and history along Oregon roads and highways.
Applications for the combined TE/OBPAC funding will be evaluated on five major criteria: Legacy Benefit; System Benefit; Community Benefit; User Benefit; Importance and Need.
For more information about the application process please visit www.oregon.gov