The proposed Lee County Complete Streets Initiative is a regional multimodal and connected transportation network that will serve the residents, businesses, and visitors of the rapidly-growing Sunbelt community of Lee County and the Fort Meyers region located in Southwest Florida. The Lee County, FL metropolitan planning organization (MPO) retained Alta, along with Jacobs Engineering, to develop a grant application for the 2013 USDOT TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) program to fund this project.
Working closely with the MPO and local advocates, the team submitted an application for the Lee County Complete Streets Initiative aimed at closing the gaps in a network of priority on- and off-street walking, bicycling, and transit connections. The application requested $10.5 million and included 55 letters of support. As part of the grant application, Alta prepared a Benefit-Cost Analysis that quantified the value of transportation, health, and air quality benefits that will result from the TIGER investment. The grant was successfully awarded $10.4 million.
Following the development of the TIGER V grant application, the Lee County MPO contracted with the Alta team to develop a study of current funding mechanisms for bicycle and pedestrian projects within the Lee County MPO jurisdiction. Based on the new guidelines and funding avenues provided through the MAP-21 federal legislation, the Alta team is developing recommendations for improving the local funding processes to better access those funds and for updating the criteria used in prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian projects. The project builds upon the MPO’s previous Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and includes a custom guide to assist local municipalities in seeking funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and in successfully implementing them.