(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Alaska’s tribes, cities, and boroughs will have new opportunities to build local transportation improvements with funding from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). Two programs; the Community Transportation Program (CTP) and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) are now open for grant applications.
“It’s been years since we put out a call for projects under the CTP Program,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Ryan Anderson. “These funds help our communities build transportation infrastructure that is sustainable, improves safety, addresses resiliency, and supports economic development.”
“We’re pleased to be putting more funding into Alaska’s communities than ever before. The CTP and TAP programs can go towards a wide variety of transportation projects,” said James Marks, DOT&PF Director of Planning & Program Development.
CTP can help communities fund road and bridge projects, establish or improve multimodal connections, projects that improve tourism, and electric vehicle charging. TAP can be used for pedestrian and bike facilities, trails, turnouts and scenic overlooks, and even stormwater and habitat connectivity.
The estimated funding for this three-year award cycle will be between $100-$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.
Local governments interested in applying for CTP or TAP funding, must complete a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) by October 31, 2022. By completing the NOIA online using the project intake survey communities can also choose to have their projects analyzed for other funding opportunities and get support from DOT&PF or the Alaska Municipal League (AML). The project intake survey will help identify funding opportunities for surface transportation projects and assist in developing strong project proposals for both state programs and competitive federal grant opportunities.
CTP Projects are limited to two project submittals per public entity with a not-to-exceed federal share amount of $15 million. 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 the federal share if the community has identified additional, alternative non-federal 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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