Engineering improvements are those that change the physical infrastructure of an area, or the design, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices. The physical environment often determines whether children walk or bike to school.
Well designed, maintained and accessible routes to and from school and on the school grounds to the entrance of the school are necessary to increase students walking and biking to school. Infrastructure investments include constructing walkways, bikeways, and shared-use paths; installing protected crossings and covered bike racks; and other improvements to the built environment around schools to improve student comfort and safety when walking, biking, and rolling.
Oregon’s federal SRTS funds, both infrastructure and non infrastructure, ere initially managed by ODOT- Transportation Safety Division (TSD); administration of infrastructure funds was later transferred to the Local Government Section, which has since become the Active Transportation Section. Dedicated federal SRTS infrastructure funding was terminated in July 2012 with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). School access projects remain eligible under other infrastructure funding programs such as the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Surface Transportation Program (STP), but now needed to compete with other types of projects to receive that funding.
Following are SRTS Infrastrucure Projects funded through 2012:
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