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Grant funds available to improve transportation system

More than $1 million dollars in grant money is available from the Surface Transportation Funding Program — Regional Funds for the 2012-2013 federal fiscal year, according to the Island Sub-Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

The funds may be utilized on any Federal-aid highway, including the NHS, public road bridge projects, transit capital projects and facilities, trails and multimodal projects.

Due to an increasing need to preserve existing roads, $300,000 has been set aside for competitive applications for rehabilitation of federally functional classified roads in Island County, Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Langley.

Remaining funds are available for new projects and other eligible activities.

Agencies eligible to apply for the funds include jurisdictions, tribes, ports, transit and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations.

Other agencies interested in sponsoring an eligible project should contact: Arnold Schmidt at 360-279-4525, Oak Harbor; Greg Cane at 360-678-4461,  Coupeville; Challis Stringer at 360-221-4246, Langley; Martha Rose at 360-678-7771, Island Transit; and for Island County call Joe Araucto at 360-240-5557.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Donna Keeler, Island Sub-Regional Transportation Planner at 360-678-7959 or at d.keeler@co.island.wa.us for more information and an application form. The deadline to submit applications is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

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