City Council Authorize TIGER Grant Application for Cross Charlotte Trail Pedestrian Bridge, Approve Facility Improvements for Fire Station 15

Jeremy Mills
jeremy.mills@charlottenc.gov
10/9/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeremy Mills, Charlotte Communications & Marketing
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City Council Authorize TIGER Grant Application for Cross Charlotte Trail Pedestrian Bridge, Approve Facility Improvements for Fire Station 15

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2017) – The Charlotte City Council has opted to move forward with new and continuing initiatives intended to improve city infrastructure. Tonight, the council took the next steps in securing funding for a pedestrian bridge over Independence Blvd. and awarding a contract to add functional space in Fire Station 15.

TIGER Grant

By a unanimous vote, the city council authorized the city manager to submit an application for a TIGER 2017 Grant Agreement for the Cross Charlotte Trail Pedestrian Bridge over Highway US 74. TIGER Discretionary Grants, short for Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery, are authorized and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for transportation infrastructure projects.

On Sept. 6, 2017, the USDOT issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the ninth round of TIGER Discretionary Grants, detailing the availability of $500 million in competitive capital grants and announcing selection criteria. Eight previous rounds of TIGER grants have been authorized.

The primary selection criteria in the NOFO include:

  • Safety
  • State of Good Repair
  • Economic Competitiveness
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Quality of Life

The secondary selection criteria are Innovation and Partnership.

The minimum capital grant award is $5 million, with a maximum award of $25 million. TIGER Discretionary Grants may be used for up to 80 percent of the total cost of projects located in urban areas and up to 100 percent of total costs of projects located in rural areas.

The projected total pedestrian bridge project will cost up to $16.7 million:

  • $1.9 million (planning, design, construction administration, inspection, and testing)
  • $12.5 million (construction cost for the bridge and trail approaches)
  • $2.3 million (project contingency)

The project will construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the U.S. Highway 74 and Interstate-277 interchange to connect the Cross Charlotte Trail (Little Sugar Creek Greenway) from 7th Street to 10th Street completing a significant gap in the greenway system.

The city is partnering with Mecklenburg County to develop this 30+ mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the Town of Pineville, through Center City and on to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus and the Cabarrus County line.

Final applications for new TIGER Discretionary Grants must be submitted by Oct. 16, 2017.

Fire Station Expansion

City Council approved the Fire Station 15 facility project totaling $380,160.

  • Fire Station 15, located at 3617 Frontenac Avenue, will be expanded 920 square feet in order to add a new weight room, locker and shower room, and storage room for protective equipment, fire hoses and other specialized equipment.
  • Charlotte Fire has continued to make improvements to stations with inadequate fitness rooms and female locker rooms since the mid 1990's. These renovations will upgrade this station to current standards and defer the need for facility replacement which will ultimately prove more cost effective.
  • Firefighters use a variety of specialized and protective equipment that require sufficient space for adequate storage and immediate retrieval. This additional storage space is required in order to properly house the oversized specialty equipment.

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