April 25, 2016 – The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2016 ITEP Cycle from May 2, 2016 through June 17, 2016. The program is part of the federal transportation bill, the FAST Act, which was signed in December 2015 and is designed to promote and develop alternative transportation, such as bicycle and pedestrian travel. Any local government in Illinois with taxing authority is eligible to apply. A total of $26 million is available to award, with a maximum award of $2 million. A local match of either 20% or 50% of the total project cost, depending on the type of project, is required for awarded projects. More information, including the program manual, can be found on the Illinois DOT’s webpage.
March 23, 2016 – Andrew Barnes, Assistant Chief, Programs and Project Management Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) – Rock Island District, spoke on the challenges and opportunities for maintaining and improving the infrastructure on the Mississippi River. On the 1,200 mile Mississippi River navigation system, there are 37 lock sites predominately built in the 1930s. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently rated the dam and inland waterway with a D and D-, respectively.
March 23, 2016 – Denise Bulat, Executive Director, presented the final draft sections of the Bi-State Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2016. The sections presented included the executive summary, analysis of regional economy, strategic direction and performance measures, and projects lists from the Bi-State Region.
March 23, 2016 – Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the 2045 Quad Cities Long Range Transportation Plan on March 23, 2016. Five informational public meetings held drew 37 attendees and 232 website views. Public comments focused on transit improvements, pavement maintenance and completion of projects—such as the Mississippi River Trail— passenger rail service between Chicago and Quad Cities, and reconstruction of the I-74 Mississippi River Corridor.
February 24, 2016 – The 2016 Community Development Assistant Program (CDAP) Public Infrastructure grant applications are due in the upcoming summer. A set deadline has not yet been established, but generally falls within the July timeframe.
January 27, 2016 – Bi-State Regional Commission is hosting a series of webinars sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The dates and topics are listed below.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016 — 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Shared and Separated Off-Street Paths