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TxDOT To Distribute $19 Million For Bike And Pedestrian Projects

The funds will help smaller communities build infrastructure for cycling and walking. Money will also be used to create safe routes to school.

  • Cyclists on the White Oak Trail in Woodland Heights. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    Cyclists on the White Oak Trail in Woodland Heights. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • Separated Bike Lane near Toyota Center  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media  )
    Separated Bike Lane near Toyota Center (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • Bike signal in downtown Houston  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Bike signal in downtown Houston (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • A cyclist on the Lamar Street bike lane in downtown Houston.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
    A cyclist on the Lamar Street bike lane in downtown Houston. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • Bus with bike at the Downtown Transit Center  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Bus with bike at the Downtown Transit Center (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Cyclists park outside Houston City Hall for Bike To Work Day.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Cyclists park outside Houston City Hall for Bike To Work Day. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )

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TxDOT is preparing to distribute $19.3 million in funds to local entities for bike and pedestrian projects.

The funds are from two federal programs, including $10.6 million through the Federal Highway Administration's Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Those funds are earmarked for non-urban areas with a population of 5,000 or less.

Another $8.7 million is available through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Program for infrastructure projects within two miles of an elementary or middle school.

"This includes projects such as bicycle lane improvements, shared-use paths, sidewalks, and other related projects to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists," said TxDOT spokeswoman Hanna de Hoyos.

Cities and counties are eligible for the funds, but other entities can apply as well, including transit authorities, school districts, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations.

"I think a lot of agencies aren't familiar with some of the funding we have available," said de Hoyos. "So as long as they apply and they come through us we can help them, guide them, how to get more funding to create those safe ways for pedestrians and cyclists."

TxDOT said its evaluation criteria includes things like safety, connectivity and economic development. They will also look at public support for the project and whether the sponsoring agency is ready to start construction.

TxDOT is conducting Call for Projects workshops around the state through March 13 to help applicants with the process. The deadline for preliminary applications is April 12.

TxDOT expects to complete its review by fall and award funding in December.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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