TIGER III Grant Award (December 2011)
Smith River Rancheria, a federally-recognized Native American Tribe located along the Pacific Coast in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon, received a $2.5 million TIGER III grant for its US 101 Multimodal Smith River Safety Corridor project. Charlier Associates, Inc. collaborated with the Tribe to develop, prepare and submit the TIGER grant application as a consultant to Smart Growth America. The TIGER grant award will fund much-needed safety improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists within the Tribe’s “gateway areas” on this nationally-significant highway, as well as signage and other elements to enhance the area’s unique community identity. More broadly, the project advances a Tribal-led innovative partnership with Caltrans, FHWA, and Del Norte County, the first of its kind in the country to plan the future of the US 101 Corridor. This unique partnership has the shared vision of transforming US 101 from a pass-through regional traffic highway into a context-sensitive, complete street corridor that balances regional travel with community livability, safety, and travel choices.
The project was one of only 46 projects funded by the TIGER III program, out of 848 applications received. It was also one of the few fully-funded projects given that US DOT received $14.29 billion in funding requests for an available budget of only $511 million. Charlier Associates, Inc. congratulates the Smith River Rancheria and its transportation partners on this prestigious grant award.
For More Information:
TIGER Grant Program and Awards: www.dot.gov/tiger/
Tribe of Smith River Rancheria: www.tolowa-nsn.gov/
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