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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 was not funded in the 2014 TIGER program round, US Department of Transportation staff encouraged SRTA and the city to re-submit the application, as it was "clear and convincing". If awarded, the project would be able to move forward, and eliminate other 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. Combined with the recent city of Anderson annexation, this project would stimulate community revitalization.
Sections of the grant application packet are available at the link below.
Please do not hesitate to contact SRTA Executive Director Daniel Little, or senior transportation planner Kathy Urlie, if you have questions, or would like to lend your support to this beneficial opportunity.