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FHWA 01-10Contact: Doug Hecox
Wednesday, January 13, 2010Phone: 202-366-0660

Transportation Secretary Announces Nearly $94 Million for Federal Lands Road Projects in 31 States

WASHINGTON - Sixty-eight road projects in 31 states will receive $93.9 million in Public Lands Highways grant funds to improve access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today.

"The roads that carry America to and through its national parks, tribal lands or any of the other federal lands need help, just like the rest of the national highway system," said Secretary LaHood. "These funds will help protect the roads for the many who depend on them and improve the quality of life for communities served by these unique places."

The funds will improve and increase accessibility on the lands of 15 Native American tribes, 11 military bases, 19 national park units, 10 national forests and four national wildlife refuges.

Unlike most of the nation's public roads which are managed by state departments of transportation, federal lands roads are maintained by various tribal and federal agencies. Funds from the Public Lands Highways grant program supplement their existing infrastructure programs. They can also be used for cities and counties that are responsible for the roads providing access to federal and tribal lands.

Examples of this year's grant recipients include:

  • More than $4 million will be used to help improve road access to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township, Pa.
  • Nearly $3 million will be used for road improvements near the forthcoming American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., between I-395 and the U.S. Capitol. The memorial is anticipated to be completed by 2012.
  • Nearly $2 million will be used to make tribal road improvements on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.
  • Nearly $1 million will be used for alternative transportation improvements around the Fort Baker area in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. This work includes pedestrian connection improvements, upgrades to National Park Service shuttle buses, planning for bio-diesel refueling capacity, and installation of signs, bicycle racks, benches and other related equipment.
  • More than $1 million will be used to complete construction of the SR 101/ t3ba'das Parkway on the Skokomish Indian Reservation, Washington.

This is the largest amount of grant funding awarded to public lands roads since 2002, and the second largest in the 79-year history of the Federal Highway Administration's Public Lands Highways program.

A complete list of the 2009 recipients is below. Additional detail about the program can be found online at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/plh/discretionary.

AK Alaska Trails Initiative $1,900,000
AK Fairbanks/North Star Borough Rural and Road Service Upgrades $950,000
AZ Arizona Forest Highway 39, General Hitchcock Highway (Catalina Highway), Pima County $1,662,500
AZ Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge $5,958,712
AZ Infrastructure - Roads Improvement, Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells $950,000
AZ Sage Brush Road Project, Navajo Mountain Chapter $139,650
CA Bald Hill Slide Mitigation, Hoopa Reservation $812,500
CA Forest Highway 171 Widening, Butte County $1,998,450
CA Fort Baker Transportation Upgrades $975,000
CA Needles Highway, Needles $3,800,000
CA Presidio Transportation Demand Management Project, San Francisco $1,012,500
CA South Access to the Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive, City and County of San Francisco $2,612,500
CA State Route 88 Pine Grove Corridor Improvement Project, Amador County $180,500
CO Improved Access to Powers Boulevard, Peterson AFB $2,280,000
CO Sand Dunes Northern Access Road $608,750
CO SH 115, Ft. Carson $1,252,650
CO SH 13 South of SH 64 Rio Blanco Divide $475,000
DC American Veterans Disabled for Life $2,850,000
DC New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Construction Project $950,000
DE Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Recreation Trail $570,000
FL BIA Route 1281, Snake Road Improvement Project, Seminole Big Cypress Reservation $475,000
FL Fort George Island Access Road, Jacksonville $475,000
FL Snake Road Safety Improvements, Miccosukee Reservation $760,000
HI Federal Lands Improvement Project $1,900,000
ID City of Rocks Back Country Byway $1,961,750
ID FH-24, Banks to Lowman $475,000
IL Seibert Road Improvements, Shiloh $950,000
MA Riverwalk Extension Construction, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell $912,500
MD BRAC Related Improvements, Anne Arundel County $3,063,750
MD BRAC Related Improvements, Harford County $3,087,500
MD BRAC Related Improvements, Montgomery County $3,087,500
MD MD 4 at Suitland Parkway $2,267,500
MT Montana Secondary 323 from Ekalaka to Alzada $2,850,000
NC Maintain Infrastructure/Restore Visitor Services for Blue Ridge Parkway $475,000
ND Cannon Ball and Fort Yates Community Streets Road Improvements $1,822,908
NJ Multi-Use Pathway, Sandy Hook $810,000
NM US 491: Navajo 9 to Shiprock, Four-lane upgrade $950,000
NV Boulder City Bypass Improvements, Boulder City $855,000
NV Extension of Starr Road to Saint Rose Parkway and Henderson Starr Road Interchange at I-15 $1,187,500
NV I-15 Sloan to Apex Interchange $475,000
NV Pyramid Lake Highway Corridor, Sparks $1,425,000
NV Southern Nevada Beltway Interchanges $2,850,000
NV SR-160 Blue Diamond Highway -- Las Vegas to Pahrump $2,612,500
NY Fort Drum Connector Road $1,425,000
OH Improved Accessibility to the Cuyahoga National Park, Akron-Peninsula Road, Summit County $475,000
OR US Highway 199 Improvements $475,000
OR US Highway 42 Improvements $1,425,000
PA Flight 93 National Memorial, Public Lands Transportation Needs $4,275,000
PA Stoopville Road Traffic Calming Measures Surrounding Dolington National Veterans Cemetery, Bucks County $950,000
RI Blackstone River Bikeway $575,000
SD Cuny Table Road (BIA Route 2), Pine Ridge Indian Reservation $1,900,000
SD Improvements to SD 73 from US 18 to Jackson County Serving Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservation $950,000
SD Kenel Road (BIA Route 3) Rehabilitation and Resurfacing, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Corson County $237,500
SD Reconstruction of BIA Route 15, Marshall County $475,000
TN Stones River National Battlefield Tour Route $1,200,000
TX Rittiman/Harry Wurzbach Corridor Improvements, San Antonio $950,000
UT Bear River Access Road Forest Street Improvements, Brigham City $285,000
UT Navajo Route 35 Resurfacing Project $950,000
UT SR-92 Lehi to Highland $712,500
VA Onville Road Intersection and Road-Widening Project, Prince William County $988,655
VA US Route 1/ VA Route 619 Traffic Circle/Interchange, at the entrance of USMC Quantico Marine Corps Base, Prince William County $1,187,500
VA Wolf Trap Performing Arts Multi-Use Trail, Fairfax $1,187,500
WA B-Reactor Access Road Analysis Project $190,000
WA Skokomish Tribe Reservation Road Improvements $1,330,000
WA Squaxin Island Access Improvement Project $1,045,000
WI Improvement to US Highway 70 in Oneida County and Vilas County $712,500
WY 17-Mile Road Reconstruction, Wind River Indian Reservation $475,000
WY Grand Teton National Park Pathways System $1,900,000
TOTAL 68 Projects $93,943,275

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