Illinois Department of Transportation, Ann L. Schneider, Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2013

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Paris Ervin 217.782.5025
Jae Miller 312.814.4693

IDOT Now Accepting Applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

Program Promotes Transportation Alternatives, Safety and Improved Quality of Life for Illinois Residents

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is now accepting applications from eligible project sponsors interested in applying for funding from the 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). ITEP is a federal program designed to improve transportation access, traffic safety and quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and hike trails, streetscape and beautification, and preserving transportation resources.

“We are very excited to facilitate this program and encourage those eligible to apply,” said Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “This program will expand travel options, improve safety and enhance the quality of life of residents throughout Illinois.”

ITEP provides funding for projects that promote sustainable and liveable communities, develop transportation options, and preserve visual and cultural resources. The funds are awarded competitively and any local or state government with taxing authority is eligible to apply and sponsor an enhancement project. Local matching funds are required and work must begin on funded projects within three years.

The application information is on the ITEP website at: http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/itep.html. The website includes all 2013 ITEP Guidelines written in accordance with the new federal transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).

The deadline to submit on-line applications is Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Applicants will be required to submit a hard copy and required attachments to IDOT within three working days of the on-line submittal.

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