A report reflecting federally funded projects in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area during federal fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) was recently completed by ACOG.
Highway and transit projects were funded and implemented in the region using federal funds made available to the state and metropolitan area from current and previous federal surface transportation laws.
A suballocation of funds, known as Surface Transportation Program Urbanized Area (STP‑UZA) funds, helped provide for a number of street and intersection improvements, including adjacent sidewalks and bike paths, which have been or will soon be constructed in communities within the ACOG region.
Along with the STP-UZA funds, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation provided federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to the region for projects to enhance air quality in Central Oklahoma and assist the region maintain its air quality attainment status with the Environmental Protection Agency. ACOG administers three CMAQ programs: air quality public education, public fleet conversions to alternative fuels, and a regional rideshare program.
Central Oklahoma obligated $24.5 million in suballocated SAFETEA-LU funds during FFY 2013. Major improvements that will be implemented using these funds include the widening of NW 178th between Penn and May in Oklahoma City, bridge reconstruction on Memorial Road in eastern Oklahoma County, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements along 2nd Street in Edmond, and numerous resurfacing projects in Midwest City, Norman, Oklahoma City, Warr Acres and Logan County. In addition, several safety projects including pavement markings, guardrails, sign replacements, new traffic signals, signal interconnections, school zone safety improvements and sidewalks were funded throughout the region.
In addition to these improvements, other transportation projects in the region were supported with federal and state funds provided to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. An additional $113.8 million was obligated during the past fiscal year for projects located in Central Oklahoma including final phases of the I‑40 Crosstown reconstruction, I-40 improvements in Canadian County, interchange improvements at I-44 and I-235, and improvements to the south half of the I-35/SH-9 interchange in Norman.
Finally, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds assisted the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) and Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART) with the purchase of various transit capital items, property and bus maintenance, general operations and special transit services for elderly and disabled citizens. COTPA provided a portion of its federal funds to the City of Edmond to assist with operation of Edmond’s Citylink bus service.
The full report is available for download in PDF format here.