ARC receives 180 applications for federal funding

The Atlanta Regional Commission has published new information taking a look at the projects they received during the recent call for projects. Fourteen counties in the Atlanta area submitted projects for consideration, alongside a number of cities, community improvement districts, and state or regional agencies.

In total, ARC received 180 applications for federal funding. This includes 130 infrastructure applications, 39 study applications, and 11 eligible PLANIT requests.

The applicants have collectively applied for $564 million in federal funding. ARC estimates that up to $423 million is available to be awarded in FY 2020-2025; however, some of that amount will remain available for future project solicitations and cost adjustments.

Local projects to widen Rock Quarry Road and phase I of state route 81 represent two of the four largest requests by dollar amount. The projects are seeking construction funding after receiving engineering funds in the 2015 solicitation and right of way funds in the 2017 solicitation.

Henry County is the largest applicant, by dollar amount, requesting $68,520,000 for eleven projects. That is closely followed by Gwinnett County, requesting $68,128,998 for twenty-five projects, then Cobb County requesting $53,299,465 for seventeen projects.

Neighboring counties, excluding city requests, have applied for smaller amounts. Rockdale County has applied for $34,986,000 on seven projects followed by Fayette County ($24,515,337) and Clayton County ($10,400,000).

In city applications, the city of Atlanta has the largest request totaling $44,246,996 across eighteen applications. Other cities in Fulton County have submitted requests worth $90,764,104 whereas other cities in DeKalb County have applied for $43,732,600.

Locally, the city of Stockbridge has applied for $100,000 for a downtown pedestrian and bicycle connectivity study and the city of Locust Grove has applied for $2 million towards scoping and environmental studies on the proposed Bethlehem Road interchange.

ARC staff are evaluating each project application against technical criteria. Staff recommendations for project funding is expected in the first quarter of 2020.

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