On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD) announced the availability of $29 million in Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funds for transportation improvements in the metropolitan area which includes portions of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties.
The CMPDD, which is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for coordinating the federally-mandated transportation planning process for the Jackson Metropolitan Area, recently announced they are accepting applications from local governments for the next round of STBG funding available through the MPO. The STBG program is a federal-aid transportation program, which provides funding to local municipalities and counties for transportation improvement projects in urbanized areas.
Funding is being provided through the 2015 Federal transportation legislation, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The MPO has established funding priorities and will be accepting applications for:
|Eligible Project Types||Available Funding|
|Pavement Management Projects||$11,000,000|
|Congestion Mitigation Projects||$8,000,000|
|Safety Improvement Projects||$5,000,000|
|Bridge Repair Projects||$4,000,000|
|Small Municipalities (set-aside for municipalities with a population of 5,000 or less)||$1,000,000|
|Total Available Funding||$29,000,000|
Applications must be received by the CMPDD by October 26, 2018, and must include proposed projects located on an existing or projected street functionally classified by the MPO as an urban collector, minor arterial or principal arterial. Applications will then be reviewed and graded based upon the project evaluation criteria for each eligible category. The MPO Policy Committee anticipates announcing funding awards for the projects ranked the highest during the application evaluation process in February 2019. The MPO Policy Committee is comprised of both elected and appointed officials from the three-county urbanized area. Eligible applicants for STGB funding include: Bolton, Brandon, Byram, Canton, Clinton, Florence, Flora, Flowood, Jackson, Madison, Pearl, Pelahatchie, Raymond, Richland, Ridgeland, and Terry, as well as Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties.
Local jurisdictions with applications selected for funding can receive up to 80% in Federal STBG funding for construction costs of a project. Local jurisdictions are required to provide at a minimum 20% in local matching funds. The only exception to the 20% matching requirement is for traffic operational improvements which address safety concerns. Some safety improvement projects may be eligible for 100% Federal STBG funding.
The MPO’s last call for applications took place in 2016 and resulted in twenty-five (25) projects in the metro area receiving $20.1 million in federal transportation funding.
Congestion mitigation projects generally add capacity to an existing roadway by widening a present roadway or constructing a new roadway. Pavement management projects include both simple overlay of an existing roadway and complete reconstruction of a roadbed in order to improve road conditions. Safety improvements primarily include new traffic signals, signal upgrades, and geometric improvements such as roundabouts or added turn lanes. Bridge repair projects include rehabilitation or replacement of an existing bridge by addressing bridge deficiencies.
For more information about the Jackson MPO application process please visit http://www.cmpdd.org/surface-transportation-program-stp/.