FASTLANE - Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies
A new program under the FAST Act which "provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical freight issues facing our nation's highways and bridges...". On April 14, 2016, the city of Anderson submitted a FASTLANE grant on behalf of the Shasta region for the Interstate 5 Redding to Anderson Six-Lane Project (I-5 RASL) and Multi-Modal Food Hub. The project cost is $88.54 million; the grant request was for $52.87 million. For questions regarding this proposal, please do not hesitate to contact either Anderson City Manager Jeff Kiser, or SRTA Executive Director Dan Little.
Although the project proposal was ranked within the highest potential category as recommended, it did not receive a 2016 funding award. As a "small" project with a total project cost less than $100M, it competed against 118 other projects for a $76M small project funding pot. City of Anderson and SRTA staff received a US DOT review/briefing on the application in September 2016.
On December 15, 2016 SRTA submitted, on behalf of the city of Anderson (lead applicant) and its co-applicants (cities of Redding and Shasta Lake, county of Shasta, and Caltrans), a 2017 FASTLANE submittal for the Interstate 5 Redding to Anderson Six-Lane Project, including the replacement of the South Anderson Union Pacific Rail Overcrossings. The FASTLANE grant request was $58.76 million. Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Anderson City Manager Jeff Kiser, or SRTA Executive Director Dan Little.
On April 29, 2016, Caltrans Headquarters in Sacramento submitted a TIGER grant for the I-5 Union Pacific Redding to Anderson Six-Lane Project and Multi-Modal Food Hub. This project is the same as the FASTLANE one submitted April 14, 2016 for $52.87 million of a $88.54 million total project cost. If awarded, the project would be able to move forward, and eliminate transportation projects delays that are tied to the I-5/UP Disconnect project needing to be constructed before the other projects can proceed. In addition to addressing safety by replacing a rail overcrossing which does not even meet minimum vertical and horizontal clearances, the project would catalyze investment and growth through increased connectivity to jobs, education, and services. In addition to widening I-5 from four to six lanes north of the UP overcrossing, the project would provide a demonstration multi-modal food hub. Combined with the recent city of Anderson annexation, this project would stimulate community revitalization.
In October 2016, US DOT staff reviewed the project proposal with Caltrans and SRTA staff. Although the project "aligned well with safety and economic competitiveness goals", the requested grant funding was identified as too large for any one TIGER project. The largest 2016 TIGER award was $25M. SRTA and its partners are likely to resubmit the proposal, albeit somewhat modified, for 2017 TIGER funding.
On June 5, 2015, SRTA and the city of Anderson submitted a Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant application for funding the replacement of the Interstate 5 over-crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad in south Anderson, and for widening the freeway from 4 to 6 lanes. Although the project ranked as "Highly Recommended", SRTA and the city were not successful in 2015. See the above for another submission in 2016.
SRTA Executive Director Dan Little, or Senior Transportation Planner Kathy Urlie, are available if you have questions reqarding the TIGER submittals.