(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Alaska’s tribes, cities, and boroughs will have new opportunities to build local transportation improvements with new funding from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). Two programs; the Community Transportation Program (CTP) and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) will open for grant applications in fall 2022. DOT&PF is issuing a “Pre-Notice” for both programs in order to start coordinating with local governments and share next steps in the application process. The department added the "Pre-Notice" step in response to the public’s request for more time to identify community projects.
The estimated funding for this three-year award cycle will be between $80-$120 million for CTP projects, and between $20-30 million for TAP projects. All projects require a 9.03% local match. The department will be working with communities to help determine which projects are eligible and assist communities in strengthening the applications in subsequent steps.
“These community based projects can make significant safety improvements or support the local economy,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy “Alaska DOT&PF is ready to assist our cities, boroughs and villages with capturing federal funding for their important transportation needs,”
CTP typically funds projects that improve existing surface transportation facilities; create or improve access to important resources or connect communities; connect different transportation modes such as transit and trails or roads; enhance travel and tourism; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and reduction of wildlife-vehicle collisions, such as wildlife crossings.
TAP typically funds projects for pedestrian and bicyclist facilities; safe routes for non-drivers; converted abandoned railroad corridors for trails for non-motorized transportation users; turnouts, scenic overlooks and viewing areas; historic preservation and rehabilitation; environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity; and vulnerable road user safety assessments.
TAP and CTP “Call for Projects” will be open this fall. TAP projects will be limited to two project submittals per community with a limit of $5 million in federal funding, although the total cost of the project may exceed that if the community has identified additional, alternative funding.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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