An INCOG committee recommends 10 projects in the Tulsa region for a round of federal coronavirus funding allocated to transportation.
The Tulsa region received $ 6.8 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. INCOG’s director of transportation planning, Viplav Putta, said he picked projects out of 21 applications totaling more than $ 15 million by scoring them, with safety a top concern.
“So safety projects – especially intersection projects where more accidents were observed or identified – those scored higher, and high traffic roads also scored higher,” said Putta said.
The maintenance of the existing infrastructure and the proximity of a project to be ready to start were also taken into account. The projects were awarded bonus points for having benefited several jurisdictions, being included in a regional funding program or being part of an economic development strategy.
Projects the Transportation Committee recommended for approval and their federal funding amounts:
- Tulsa County intersection improvements at 101st Street and Garnett Road, $ 750,000
- Mill and overlay, layout and other improvements by Sand Springs on West 41st Street between South 129th West Avenue and State Highway 97, $ 750,000
- Surface maintenance on 76th Street North from Sheridan to Mingo by Tulsa County, $ 490,300
- Security Improvements on Albany Street between Ninth and 23rd by Broken Arrow, $ 750,000
- Street rehabilitation and other improvements on Main Street between Broadway and East 11th Street by Owasso, $ 750,000
- Base Failure Repair, Leveling, Layering and Layout on Fifth Street between 144th and 126th by Collinsville, $ 576,005
- Rehabilitation to stabilize the road-to-river areas on Avery Drive between 21st Street and State Highway 97 by Tulsa County, $ 722,000
- Repair of the roadway on Lewis Avenue between Pine and Admiral by the city of Tulsa, $ 750,000
- Repair of the roadway on Pine Street between Peoria and Lewis by the City of Tulsa, $ 750,000
- Pavement improvements and intersection expansion for Aquarium Place by Jenks, $ 544,589
Although most projects had a local funding commitment, none were required. The INCOG board will vote on the recommendations next week.
“After approval, they will have two years to prepare these projects. So with all the environmental clearances done, if there are any utility relocations that need to be done, they will have two years to get those funds committed and spent, ”Putta said.
The federal deadline for funds to be spent is September 2024. INCOG will request that funds be committed by 2023, so it’s time to reallocate them if necessary.