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Webinar Summary

Kimberly Lesay, Bureau Chief of Policy & Planning at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, provides a detailed overview of the latest updates to several federal and local DOT programs including Complete Streets, Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP), Transportation Rural Improvement Program (TRIP), and many more. Watch the recording and review the resources to learn more about funding opportunities for your downtown transportation projects!

Presentation Highlights
CTDOT’s Complete Streets Policy & Directive

As of August 2023, Complete Streets has three new controlling design criteria:

  • Pedestrian facilities–includes sidewalks, shared use paths, or side paths on both sides of the roadway.
  • Bicycle facilities–includes paved outside shoulders, bike lanes, separated bike paths, or shared use paths on both sides of the roadway.
  • Transit provisions–includes crosswalks, shelters, benches, and other ways to make existing or proposed transit stops more accessible.

Regarding Complete Streets project applications, CTDOT:

  • is the project proponent/ administers the project
  • is responsible for providing project funding (state or federally aid)
  • controls the affected infrastructure (State Highway)

Design Exceptions: Design Exceptions may only be granted by the Chief Engineer, with reporting requirements to the Commissioner.

Overview of Discretionary Federal Grant Opportunities

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs for FY 2022 – FY 2026. Unlike the 2008 Recovery Act, IIJA is long-term, continuous investment in transportation infrastructure, not a “Shovel Ready” stimulus program. In Connecticut, there are $5.38 billion in formula-based funding over five years – a $1.62 billion increase over FAST Act. IIJA provides for over $100 billion in competitive grant opportunities between FY 2022 and FY 2026.

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A)

IIJA authorizes $6 billion over 5 years in Safe Streets grants. Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) is open to MPOs and Local Governments, not State DOTs.

The grant program supports Vision Zero planning efforts, as well as capital projects to improve safety for all users.

Eligible Activities:

  • Develop or update a comprehensive safety action plan
  • Conduct Planning Design and development activities in support of an Action Plan
  • Carry out projects ID’in an Action Plan
  • Demonstration Activities (Quick-Builds)

Amendments to the latest SS4A Notice of Funding Opportunity:

  • Upwardly revises the amount available to implement projects and strategies from $580 million to $780 million.
  • Clarifies that funding awards to applicants submitted after each deadline is contingent on remaining funds. Funds are available on a rolling “first-come, first-serve” basis.
  • Waives up to $200,000 in non-Federal match for applications from certain U.S. territories.
  • Removes the option for unsuccessful Implementation Grant applicants to apply for a Planning and Demonstration Grant. Implementation Grant applicants are encouraged to bundle requests for supplemental planning and demonstration activities into their Implementation Grant application.
  • Changes the deadline for technical questions to April 24 to answer any questions related to the amendment. Application deadlines remain the same.

    New SS4A application resources:

    Success Stories

    In partnership with Smart Growth America, the cities of Waterbury, Bristol, and Middletown of along with NVCOG and RiverCOG, completed the 2022-2023 Complete Streets Academy that included workshops, planning and building temporary street safety demonstration projects.

    View 2022-2023 Complete Streets Academy final report here.

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