+ BRIDGE NY

11/13/18 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $262.2 million in enhanced funding has been awarded to municipal governments to accelerate the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts. As part of the State's BRIDGE NY initiative, these awards will fund 165 individual projects in 95 communities across the State. This funding builds on the $300 million in enhanced assistance made available to municipal governments for accelerated bridge and culvert projects since 2015.

The BRIDGE NY initiative focuses on projects that address deteriorated structural conditions; mitigate weight restrictions or long detours; facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness; and/or reduce the risk of flooding.

The 165 projects, which includes 86 bridges and 79 culverts, were selected following a competitive process that considered, among other factors, the structural condition of a bridge or culvert and its resiliency and significance, based upon traffic volumes and detour considerations.

BRIDGE NY Awards in GBNRTC MPO Area - $8.91M

  • $2.174M to Niagara County for Slayton Settlement Road over Eighteen Mile Creek
  • $1.829M to the City of Buffalo (Erie County) for South Ogden Street over Buffalo River
  • $1.286M to Niagara County for Porter Center Road over Sixmile Creek
  • $0.887M to Niagara County for Griswold Street over Tributary to Jeddo Creek
  • $0.839M to Niagara County for Lockport Road over Cayuga Creek
  • $0.656M to Niagara County for Upper Mountain Road over Fish Creek
  • $0.645M to the Town of Lancaster (Erie County) for Aurora Street over Cayuga Creek
  • $0.595M to the Town of Royalton (Niagara County) for Mountain Road over Johnson Creek

A full (statewide) list of awarded projects and funding dollars is available here.

For more information on the program, go to NYSDOT's BRIDGE NY page.

+ PAVE NY

Pursuant to the new five-year State Transportation Plan, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be apportioning $100 million annually through State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20 to assist municipalities with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of local highways and roads.

PAVE-NY is available to New York City and all cities, counties, towns and villages that report local roadway mileage to NYSDOT pursuant to the Local Highway Inventory (LHI). Funds are apportioned by NYSDOT based on the ratio of funds each municipality received under the SFY 2016-17 Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

Municipal project sponsors must follow locally adopted street and highway design and construction standards. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards for local streets and highways or NYSDOT highway standards may be used for the design of municipally owned roads. Eligible project activities include the following. Please refer to Attachment I for additional detail.

Highway Resurfacing: Placement or replacement of a pavement course(s) to enable the existing pavement to achieve its design life and to provide additional strength or to improve serviceability while not degrading safety. Highway Reconstruction: A major improvement to the existing roadway structure (including drainage and shoulders). This could include realignment, construction on new alignment, and major widening such as adding one or more lanes. PAVE-NY will follow the same programmatic and reimbursement requirements of CHIPS, with one notable exception, eligible project activities are limited to Highway Resurfacing and Highway Reconstruction. Please refer to the NYSDOT Program Guidelines for additional information.

The State Fiscal Year 2017-2018 apportionment table for the PAVE NY program can be found here.

+ PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACTION PLAN (PSAP)

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) released its first-ever New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) in June of 2016. The five-year, multi-agency plan takes a three-pronged approach to improve pedestrian safety. It will be implemented cooperatively by NYSDOT focusing on engineering improvements, the State Department of Health producing public education and awareness campaigns, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee coordinating increased law enforcement. Funding for the plan’s implementation is supported through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding and State sources.

The PSAP calls for a systemic approach to address widespread pedestrian safety issues and minimize crash potential by implementing low-cost countermeasures throughout the roadway network, both local and state jurisdictions. NYSDOT has begun pedestrian safety improvements on state-owned roadways at approximately 2,000 uncontrolled crosswalks (no signals or stop signs) and 2,400 signalized intersections. The PSAP also includes $40 million of federal HSIP funds to implement systemic pedestrian safety projects on local urban roads and streets. Projects funded pursuant to this call for pedestrian projects are eligible to receive up to 100% federal HSIP funding.

In October of 2017, a call for local projects went out to municipalities within the 2010 US Census defined Urban Boundary. Full details of the program solicitation are available at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/osss/highway/psap.

Project applications were due to the GBNRTC by March 09, 2018. Winners are expected to be announced by NYSDOT in June, 2018.

+ TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES (TAP)/CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY (CMAQ) PROGRAM

In May of 2018, Governor Cuomo Announced $100M in funding ($56M TAP and $44.0 M CMAQ) to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

These funds, made available to the State through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by NYSDOT, are provided through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). These funds represent 2 years of funding and are subject to federal appropriation. These programs will provide up to 80 percent of project-related cost, with the remaining 20 percent provided by project sponsors.

The TAP and CMAQ projects are selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement and innovation. Projects must be related to the surface transportation system and provide full access to the public. Applications for funding may be developed by any municipality or non-profit incorporated group, but projects must be sponsored either by a municipality, a state agency or public authority eligible to administer federal transportation funds.

For complete details on the TAP/CMAQ program (eligibility, NYSDOT guidance documents, instructions, etc.) please got to: https://www.dot.ny.gov/TAP-CMAQ.

Final application submissions including all supporting documentation through Grants Gateway must be received on or before Thursday, August 16, 2018, by 4:00 PM.

Previous (2016) WNY Awarded TAP/CMAQ Projects - $20.1 million

  • $5,000,000 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to purchase Compressed Natural Gas buses.
  • $4,630,400 for the Western New York Region to partner with Norfolk Southern Railroad to replace two local and yard switcher locomotives to clean technologies.
  • $1,520,000 for the Western New York Region to establish Highway Emergency Local Patrol (HELP) Truck service.
  • $332,000 to the Western New York Region to optimize traffic flow on Walnut Avenue and Ferry Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls.
  • $588,000 to Chautauqua County for shoulder widening for along Dale Drive.
  • $1,040,000 to the Town of Grand Island to install ADA compliant sidewalks.
  • $1,424,000 to the City of Buffalo to implement Phase I of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan.
  • $482,946 to the Village of Springville to construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • $1,338,700 to Erie County to construct Phase II of the pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
  • $530,933 to the Town of Niagara to install new ADA accessible sidewalks and curb ramps.
  • $511,245 to the City of Niagara Falls to expand the regional bike sharing program.
  • $756,000 to the Town of Wheatfield for ADA compliant sidewalk construction.
  • $400,000 to the City of Jamestown to develop a comprehensive digital and static wayfinding system to support tourism.
  • $976,000 to the Town of Amherst for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements
  • $541,913 to the City of Olean for the Phase II Walkable Olean transformation project.