The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced the third annual call for projects of the Local Grade Crossing Surface Program (LGCSP), with applications for the program due September 28, 2018. The program provides 60 percent state funding and requires a 40 percent railroad match: there is no expectation of financial participation by any local road agency.
Considering feedback received during the first two years of the program, the call for projects and selection process have been moved forward to allow better advance coordination with other planned highway and railroad capital projects.
Some tips for the 2019 LGCSP:
- Applications will be accepted if received via e-mail or postmarked by September 28, 2018;
- Applications must be submitted by road agencies, in cooperation with a participating railroad;
- Applications must include detailed railroad estimates and updated vehicle traffic counts;
- Eligible project costs include materials, labor and equipment: Engineering costs are not eligible;
- Projects will be selected and announced by late November; and
- Project selection will be in compliance with the criteria established by law.
All prospective projects require proof of 40 percent railroad participation and documentation that relevant MMUTCD-compliant traffic control plans have been approved by the affected road agency.
Road agencies are encouraged to seek opportunities to combine adjacent roadway surface improvement projects with any pending railroad crossing applications, as the coordination feature will receive priority consideration in the 2019 program.
Application materials and instructions are available online at the MDOT Office of Rail web page, including a list of railroad contact information.
Questions on the 2019 LGCSP should be directed to Mr. Kristian Foondle, Local Grade Crossing Program manager, at 517.335.3054 or [email protected].
John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0303.