Franklin County has begun taking the steps to secure a $5.9 million federal grant to improve about 30 miles of roads.
The Finance Committee approved a pre-grant application on Sept. 7 that is to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The issue will be on the County Commission’s Monday agenda. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Annex Building.
Highway Superintendent Luke McCurry provided the Finance Committee with a list, including estimates, of which roads the funding would go toward.
• Gourdneck Road, $944,267.
• Rock Creek Road, $1.324 million.
• Decherd-Estill Road, $727,415.
• Georgia Crossing Road, $1.04 million.
• Old Salem-Lexie Road, $866,575.
• Farris Creek Bridge Road, $476,677.
• Garrett Lane, $298,282.
• Chestnut Ridge Road, $282,406.
The funding would come from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Transportation Grant program, referred to by the acronym RAISE.
McCurry said the U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute the money based on merit criteria that includes safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation and partnerships.
McCurry said that to ensure the infrastructure investments benefit communities large and small, the U.S. Department of Transportation will award an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas.
For this round of RAISE grants, the maximum individual grant award is $25 million toward a local government entity, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single state, he said, adding that the program totals $1 billion nationwide.
McCurry said the grants should be announced sometime in November.
He said the funding is based on a matching format with the county, at present, earmarking $58,503 toward the $5.9 million. He added that matching percentages have not been announced by USDOT.
“We won’t know anything until it’s awarded or not awarded, but it is a highly competitive grant process from what I hear,” McCurry said.
He said potential 80/20 percent matches with the federal government paying the greater share have been discussed along with 90/10 percentages for poverty-prone areas.