Resolution Supporting the Request for 2006 ODOT Transportation Enhancement Program Funds
|Meeting Date:||June 20, 2006||Primary Staff Contact:||Paula Brown|
|Department:||Public Works Department||Email:||email@example.com|
|Contributing Departments:||Finance||Secondary Staff Contact:||James Olson|
|Estimate Time:||5 minutes|
On June 30, 2006 the Public Works Department will submit an application for ODOT's Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program for years 2009-2011. The City is asking for $275,000 in TE Funding for the Laurel Street Project. As part of the supporting documentation for the fund request, the City must include a resolution from the City Council supporting the request for TE funds. A Notice of Intent was sent to ODOT on March 20, 2006 indicating the City's plan to apply for this grant.
Historically the City has relied heavily on the Transportation Enhancement grants, among others, to construct sidewalk and multi-use path projects. In recent years grant funds were used to construction the Central Ashland multi-use path, Oak Street Sidewalk Project and the current North Ashland multi-use path. As we have learned from recent projects, sidewalk construction projects often do not fit well into a standard local improvement district. This grant is an excellent method by which these sidewalk projects can be funded.
This year's project is located on North Laurel Street from Hersey Street to Randy Street and consists of sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and other pedestrian friendly amenities. There are several missing sidewalk connections along this important collector and local street network to reach Helman Elementary School. This project would also serve as a pedestrian connection to the popular dog dark, the Greenway Bicycle Trail System and the downtown core. All construction work is located within the existing public right-of-way therefore property acquisition is not necessary.
The proposed Laurel Street Sidewalk project meets the 2005-2007 City Council goal to improve pedestrian and traffic safety and is supported by the City's Traffic Safety Commission. The project is also listed in the current Capital Improvement Projects for implementation within the TE Program timeline.
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Council may approve this attached resolution supporting the application of Transportation Grant funds for the Laurel Street Sidewalk Project or Council may decline to approve the application. There is insufficient time to propose alternative projects for this grant for this year.
Staff recommends support for the resolution.
Council can move to support the request for ODOT Transportation Enhancement Program Funds for the Laurel Street Sidewalk project.
Council can move to deny support for ODOT Transportation Enhancement Program Funds for the Laurel Street Sidewalk project.
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