Case study | Funding and Grants Engineering
Lebanon Avenue TAP Grant Application
Village of Shiloh, Illinois
Village of Shiloh, Illinois
Estimated Completion 2016
Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC (KEG) was contracted by the Village of Shiloh, Illinois to prepare a grant application to request Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) federal funds for a proposed new pedestrian facility along Lebanon Avenue. TAP funds were established as part of the passage of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) by Congress. TAP funds support non-motorized transportation such as bicycle and pedestrian improvements, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation activities, and safe routes to school non-infrastructure projects.
Lebanon Avenue is a two-lane, minor arterial roadway with open ditches and no pedestrian facilities. The proposed project would include the construction of a new pedestrian facility along Lebanon Avenue, from the east entrance of Towerview Baptist Church to Sierra Drive. The proposed improvements include the construction of a barrier curb and a 7-feet wide concrete sidewalk on the north side of Lebanon Avenue. The proposed sidewalk is planned to connect to a planned, federally funded “Safe Routes to School” sidewalk in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Lebanon Avenue with Sierra Drive. The project will also provide a waiting area for the transit stop, located west of Sierra Drive. The project will provide an ADA-accessible route along Lebanon Avenue.
As part of the TAP application, KEG evaluated the proposed project for impacts and constraints such as existing utilities, right-of-way, connectivity and condition of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, environmental justice and accessibility, land use and accessibility, safety and crash analysis, and ADA accessibility. As part of the TAP application package, KEG also prepared estimates of cost for engineering and design, as well as the construction of the proposed improvements. The application package also included the development of a project schedule, beginning at the notification of the award of TAP funds to design to construction of the improvements.
In the St. Louis Metropolitan region, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCOG) solicits applications for TAP grants from the various municipalities in both Illinois and Missouri. Members of the EWGCOG selection committee reviewed the TAP application for the Lebanon Avenue pedestrian facility in Shiloh and awarded the project federal TAP funds for the design and construction of the project.
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