"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
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
Department of Transportation file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]