Big BTG Benefits for Neighborhoods …$10.7 mil and counting!

Bridging the Gap and Neighborhood Projects

Did you know that Bridging the Gap (BTG) provides $1.5 million a year to support the development of large neighborhood projects?

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The Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) Large Project Program is funded through the voter approved BTG transportation levy, adopted by voters in 2006, and every year the first $1.5 million helps fund this program.  The NSF large project program is set up on a three-year cycle allowing for larger neighborhood projects to be selected, designed and constructed.  The NSF large project program is currently in the second of three cycles.

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In 2010, 11 projects were selected as part of this process.  Those projects were designed in 2011 and are being constructed this year.  The city is funding $4.7 million over this three-year period for new sidewalk and bike improvements as part of this program.  This current process began with 37 projects proposed by different neighborhoods; projects were reviewed by the city’s 13 District Councils and ultimately vetted by the citizen-driven BTGLevy Oversight Committee.  Each project is unique and will make key improvements, making it easier to walk, bike andride across the city.

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One of the most recent projects to be completed was the installation of a new sidewalk along NW 90th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues.  The six-foot wide sidewalk and new trees were planted along the north side of the route.  This project provides pedestrian access to transit corridors and local businesses.

The NSF program began in 2007 and during the first three-year cycle 17 projects were selected, designed and constructed. Recognizing the overwhelming need for neighborhood projects $1.5 million was added to the funding pot, bringing the total to $6 million for the first cycle.  At the end of this year, 27 new neighborhood based projects will have been constructed thanks to BTG.  The third and final cycle for submitting NSF large projects will get underway in late 2012/early 2013; information regarding that process will be available later this summer.

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If you would like to check out all the projects receiving funding or would like additional information, please see the NSF Large Project Program.