Do you live on or near a street that needs a new sidewalk, curb, or lighting? Now’s your chance to apply for the final round of funding from the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project Program. NSF is part of the Bridging the Gap Transportation (BTG) levy; it provides $4.5 million every 3 years for large neighborhood projects – this is the final round of funding, so it’s your last chance to apply!
The application must be completed by December 17, 2012 – note that SDOT advises applicants to first fill out the pdf version, then copy and paste responses into the official submission form (the online form cannot be saved in progress).
Eligible transportation projects must be:
- large ($100,000 – $750,000)
- entirely on existing SDOT right-of-way
- strongly supported by the local District Council
SDOT is most interested in areas with inadequate service and high priority, as outlined in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans. You can review past funded projects for examples, including Queen Anne Pedestrian Improvements, Wallingford & Ballard Sidewalk Repairs, and Fairview Ave Pedestrian and Intersection Improvements.
Applicants are “strongly encouraged” to work with their District Council (ours is Magnolia/Queen Anne) and other community stakeholders to refine the proposal and develop support for it. First step in working with the District Council? Attend this meeting:
- What: Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council meeting on the program
- When: Monday, October 8 at 7pm
- Where: Bayview Manor, 11 W Aloha St
Then begins the long process of approvals that runs through the final decision in Fall 2013. Projects will be designed in 2014 and built in 2015. Timeline details are on the NSF page, but don’t let the bureaucratic process scare you away – if you have a great project, apply!