The Loudoun County government is accepting requests from individuals or organizations for fiscal year 2005 funding from the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century program, said Supervisor D.M. "Mick" Staton Jr. (R-Sugarland Run), chairman of the Board of Supervisors transportation committee.
Proposed projects must be directly related to transportation and should include one or more of the following categories:
* A provision for facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.
* A provision for safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
* The acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites.
* Scenic or historic highway programs.
* Landscaping and other scenic beautification.
* Historic preservation.
* Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities, including historic railroad facilities and canals.
* Preservation of abandoned railway corridors, including the conversion and use of the corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails.
* Control and removal of outdoor advertising.
* Archaeological planning and research.
* Environmental mitigation to address water pollution from highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife deaths while maintaining habitats.
* Establishment of transportation museums.
County staff will review requests in September, and a public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14, followed by the Board of Supervisors' endorsement of recommended projects Oct. 5. The county will submit the final grant applications to the Commonwealth Transportation Board by Nov. 1.
Application forms may be obtained from Paul Brown in the Department of Management Services at 703-777-0539. The requests for funding should be sent to Paul Brown, Loudoun County Department of Management Services, PO Box 7000, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20177. The deadline for submissions is July 30.