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$80 million in federal funds available for streetscape, trails and beautification projects

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[June 22, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced Monday that about $80 million in federal funds will be awarded to eligible communities for local projects that expand travel choices and improve the transportation experience in Illinois. The funding, through the 2010 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, is expected to create or sustain approximately 870 future jobs in Illinois. The program provides federal funds to improve the quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and hike trails, streetscape improvements and beautification, and preservation of transportation resources.

"We are excited to announce the start of the ITEP application process," said Hannig. "This is a great opportunity for communities to apply for federal funding specifically earmarked for streetscape and beautification projects to expand travel choices such as bike and hike trails throughout the state."

A new online application process is available for eligible project sponsors interested in applying for project funding through ITEP. The deadline to submit online applications is Aug. 31. Online applicants also will be required to submit a paper copy and required attachments to IDOT within three working days of their online submittal.

"We have seen firsthand the positive difference this federal funding has made in communities statewide, and we are confident the new online application option will make the process easier and more efficient," Hannig said.

ITEP provides federal funds to promote sustainable and livable communities, develop transportation alternatives, and preserve visual and cultural resources. The funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply for and sponsor an enhancement project. Local matching funds are required and work must begin on the projects within three years.

In December 2009, Gov. Quinn announced funding for 68 transportation projects totaling $22 million through ITEP. ITEP is funded under a provision of SAFETEA-LU, the federal surface transportation funding bill.

For more information about ITEP or to access the online application, visit www.dot.il.gov/opp/itep.html.

[Text from Illinois Department of Transportation file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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