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File #: 22-5635    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Grant Status: Passed
File created: 9/9/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 9/13/2022 Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Request by the Office of the County Engineer for approval to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for grant funds in the amount of $30 million, with a required match of $7.5 million, for the FY 2022 Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Program.
Attachments: 1. 22-5635 OCE-SS4A Grant.pdf

Department: County Engineer

Department Head/Elected Official: Dr. Milton Rahman, PhD, P.E., PMP, CFM, County Engineer

 

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Supplemental RCA

Type of Request: Grant

 

Project ID (if applicable): N/A

Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

 

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A

Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal:  N/A - Goal not applicable to request

 

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):

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Request by the Office of the County Engineer for approval to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for grant funds in the amount of $30 million, with a required match of $7.5 million, for the FY 2022 Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Program.

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Background and Discussion:

SS4A is a discretionary grant program providing up to $30 million per application for Fiscal Year 2022 in dedicated funding to support regional and local projects and strategies that will prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries in the applicant’s jurisdiction. The Harris County application includes twelve corridor safety projects that are in the top 20 percent of the roadway segments in the County’s High Injury Network (HIN). The HIN is ranked by the number of fatalities and serious injuries in crashes for cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The twelve project locations included in the County’s SS4A Implementation Grant Application are selected based on the corridor’s high number of fatalities and injuries and the high percent of population in DOT’s disadvantaged census tracts, which is an important application scoring criteria by DOT. The corridor safety improvements in the County’s proposed projects include raised medians, bike lanes, sidewalks, roadway reconfigurations, access management, and intersection improvements. 

 

Expected Impact:

The submission of this application will allow Harris County the opportunity to obtain $30 million in federal grant funding with a local match of $7.5 million to design and construct roadway safety projects which will help achieve the County’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2030. The implementation of the proposed projects will create safe roadways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and car drivers. The implementation timeline for this grant is within five years after the establishment of a grant agreement.

 

 

 

Alternative Options:

To not to apply for the SS4A Implementation Grant for FY 2022 and implement safety projects with full local funding.

 

Alignment with Goal(s):

X Justice and Safety

X Economic Opportunity

- Housing

X Public Health

X Transportation

_ Flooding

X Environment

_ Governance and Customer Service

 

Prior Court Action (if any):

Date

Agenda Item #

Action Taken

N/A

N/A

 

 

Location:

Address (if applicable):

Precinct(s): Countywide

 

Fiscal and Personnel Summary

Service Name

Safe Streets for All

 

SFY 22

FY 23

Next 3 FYs

Incremental Expenditures (do NOT write values in thousands or millions)

Labor Expenditures

$

$

$

Non-Labor Expenditures

$

$

$37,500,000

Total Incremental Expenditures

$

$

$37,500,000

Funding Sources (do NOT write values in thousands or millions)

Existing Budget

Other

$

$

$7,500,000

Grant

$

$

$

Choose an item.

$

$

$

Total Current Budget

$

$

$7,500,000

Additional Budget Requested

Grant

$

$

$30,000,000

Choose an item.

$

$

$

Choose an item.

$

$

$

Total Additional Budget Requested

$

$

$30,000,000

Total Funding Sources

$

$

$37,500,000

Personnel (Fill out section only if requesting new PCNs)

Current Position Count for Service

-

-

-

Additional Positions Requested

-

-

-

Total Personnel

-

-

-

 

Anticipated Court Date: September 13, 2022

Anticipated Implementation Date (if different from Court date):

Emergency/Disaster Recovery Note: Not an emergency, disaster, or COVID-19 related item

Contact(s) name, title, department: Patrick Mandapaka, PhD, AICP, Director of Community Resilience and Transportation Planning, Harris County Engineering

Attachments (if applicable): Grant support letter, Court order, Project Summary