11 Transportation Alternatives Program/Safe Routes to School funded in Central Shenandoah region

businessThe Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) announced that 11 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects have been awarded funding for FY2019-2020.

Projects include the City of Lexington’s plan to improve pedestrian access to Lylburn Downing Middle School; creation of a Bike Boulevard in the City of Harrisonburg; construction of a trail connecting two parks and the library in the Town of Bridgewater; and completion of the third phase of the City of Waynesboro’s South River Greenway.

TAP/SRTS helps fund community-based programs and projects that expand nonmotorized travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the transportation infrastructure. The program covers on- and off-street bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects (bike lanes, sidewalks, multi-use paths), as well as

Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects.

“This year’s Transportation Alternatives Program/Safe Routes to School grant awards in the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) region are an excellent mix of alternative transportation improvements around schools, in cities, and throughout recreation areas. A well-rounded slate of projects like this is a great use of the TAP/Safe Routes program,” said Frank Friedman, chair of the CSPDC Board of Commissioners and Mayor of city of Lexington.

The TAP/SRTS projects were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on June 20, 2018 as part of the FY2019-2024 Six-Year Improvement Program. A total of eleven Transportation Alternatives and Highway Safety Improvement Program projects totaling $2,553,900 from the CSPDC region were funded in the recently approved plan.

CSPDC staff assists member jurisdictions with grant writing, providing supporting resolutions, and coordinating application materials in each transportation planning cycle. For more information contact Ann Cundy, (540) 885-5174, ann@cspdc.org.


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