The Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides funding to municipalities for projects on the Federal-Aid Highway System. Northeastern Illinois is divided into eleven Council of Mayors, which are allocated STP funding on the basis of population for local transportation projects. The Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors receives approximately $6.5 million a year in STP funds.
Approximately every three years, the Council has a call for all eligible projects; calls for Local Agency Functional Overlay (LAFO) Projects occur more frequently. The projects are ranked according to the KKCOM methodology. The rankings are utilized by the Transportation Policy Committee to prepare a programming recommendation. The Policy Committee program recommendation is forwarded to the Full Council for final approval. Then, the program is submitted to CMAP to be developed into the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the northeastern Illinois five year agenda of transportation projects.
Examples of Eligible Project Types:
Roadway rehabilitation, reconstruction, restoration
Widening / add lanes
Traffic signal improvements
Transit & bicycle and pedestrian projects
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
The Kane / Kendall Council of Mayors was allocated approximately $8.9 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds through the Surface Transportation Program (STP) to provide funding for eligible roadway projects in the area. The KKCOM Transportation Policy Committee held special meetings on March 15 and March 20 to consider projects to be funded with the Council’s allocated Recovery Act funds. The Policy Committee recommended approving funding for 12 projects in 11 different communities and to the Kane County DOT . The projects consist mostly of resurfacing projects, with Kane County receiving funding towards the new Stearns Road Bridge project. All projects are expected to be let for construction between June and November of 2009. The KKCOM Full Council approved the Policy Committee’s recommendations on June 4. The KKCOM Full Council approved an updated program of funds based upon updated distribution of funds among the councils.