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Pedestrian Safety Action Plan - Phase II

The New York State adopted its first-ever Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) in June 2016.  The five-year, multi-agency plan takes a three-pronged approach to improve pedestrian safety.  Funding for the plan’s implementation will come from HSIP as well as other State and Federal funding sources. Projects funded as a result of this local call for pedestrian safety projects are eligible to receive 100% federal HSIP funding, therefore no local match is required.

This solicitation is for pedestrian safety projects that further the goals and strategies of the PSAP. The PSAP calls for a systemic approach to address widespread pedestrian safety issues and minimize crash potential by implementing low-cost countermeasures throughout the roadway network. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must systemically implement one or more of the countermeasures identified in the PSAP (pp. 48-58);

  • All project locations must be on a public road, off the state touring route system and be on a locally owned or maintained road;

  • All project locations must be on roads that are located within a designated 2010 FHWA Adjusted Urban Area (NYSDOT Functional Classification Viewer); and

  • Minimum HSIP funds per project: $250,000.

Additional information about program guidance and application forms are available at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/osss/highway/psap.

Deadline - All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018. Please submit your complete application package by email to Alex Kone, Assistant Director.

Contacts - Please call Alex Kone, GTC Assistant Director, at (585) 232-6240 or James Willer, NYSDOT - Region 4 Regional Planning & Program Manager, at (585) 272-3410.

Updates

  • Improvements on State Touring Routes

Improvements at existing uncontrolled crosswalks on State Touring Routes regardless of jurisdiction are intended to be included in planned NYSDOT State let contracts. Uncontrolled crosswalks on touring routes are not to be included in a local PSAP applications.

Improvements at 50% of the signalized intersections under NYSDOT jurisdiction are intended to be included in planned NYSDOT State let contracts. Signalized locations not included among the 50% to be addressed by NYSDOT are eligible for funding and could be included in a local PSAP application.

Improvements at Signalized intersections on State Touring Routes under local jurisdiction are eligible for funding and could be included in a local PSAP application.

Municipalities desiring specific treatments on State Touring Routes at uncontrolled crosswalks or signalized locations under NYSDOT jurisdiction should contact James Willer, NYSDOT - Region 4 Regional Planning & Program Manager, at (585) 272-3410. 

  • Replacing an Outdated Traffic Signal

Replacing an outdated traffic signal is not an eligible expense under the PSAP Local Call program; however, programmable controllers and/or cabinet/controller upgrades are eligible for funding, if the upgrade is required in order to implement one or more of the countermeasures identified in the PSAP Local Call Guidance. Additional signal upgrades such as new detection systems, poles and span wire require an alternate funding source.

  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB)

On 12/21/2017 (Memo), the FHWA rescinded their interim approval of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB). Therefore, the RRFB is not compliant with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and can no longer be included as one of the fundable treatments in the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP). There are 2 MUTCD-compliant alternatives

  • Push button activated flashing beacons; or

  • Push button activated LED enhanced pedestrian warning signs. 

FHWA provided an informational brief, Treatments for Uncontrolled Marked Crosswalks (FHWA, 2017), that provides descriptions of the treatments and relevant links to the MUTCD. The New York State Department of Transportation is in the process of reviewing the alternatives and will be providing guidance regarding which one is eligible for PSAP funds.

The application form includes an option to request funding for an RRFB but not the alternatives. If you had planned on requesting funding for an RRFB and you are interested in installing a push button activated flashing beacon or a push button activated LED enhanced pedestrian warning sign, select the RRFB box in the application and that will be interpreted as the RRFB alternative.

BRIDGE NY

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is soliciting candidate projects for funding under the BRIDGE NY program. The BRIDGE NY program provides enhanced assistance for local governments to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts. Particular emphasis will be provided for projects that address poor structural conditions; mitigate weight restrictions or detours; facilitate economic development or increase competitiveness; improve resiliency and/or reduce the risk of flooding.

Eligible Applicants

Any city, county, town, village or other political subdivision, including tribal governments and public benefit corporations, authorized to receive and administer State and federal transportation funding.

Eligible Projects

Bridge projects must be on a public roadway that carries vehicular traffic; be eligible for federal aid; and shall follow the federal aid process. Culvert projects must be on a public highway and shall follow the State-aid process. The Department may consider bridge projects that incorporate sensors to monitor structural integrity. Bridges and/or culverts that are on a toll collection facility are excluded from eligibility for Bridge NY funds. Multiuse (Pedestrian/Bicycle) and railroad bridges are not eligible for Bridge NY funds.

Additional information about program guidance and application forms are available at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/structures/bridgeny

Deadline - Final applications must be submitted to BRIDGENY@dot.ny.gov by:

  • Culverts - April 13th, 2018 at 11:59pm

  • Bridges - April 27th, 2018 at 11:59pm

Contacts - Please email BRIDGENY@dot.ny.gov.