The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff received a $407,000 grant from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Funded by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), the grant is the second for UAPB and was the largest grant to a state university in the 2016 awarded projects.
The funds will be used toward phase 1 of a pedestrian mall and related improvements to be installed on Kennedy Drive. The improvements are required in order to create a safe pedestrian access corridor connecting existing parking north of campus to the campus core. According to Robert Wall, director of facilities management, the pedestrian mall is the first step in accomplishing one of the key goals in the Campus Master Plan by removing Kennedy and providing improved pedestrian access. The scheduled improvement includes pavement removal at vehicular drives and parking areas, installation of new pedestrian walks, pedestrian lighting, signage, landscaping, site furnishings and improved storm drainage.
About the grant
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on and off road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities and environmental mitigation; safe routes to school projects; and projects or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Agencies of city, county, state or federal government and duly incorporated private/non-profit agencies, who partner with local public agencies (LPAs), can apply for these funds if access to the project by the general public is provided throughout the life of the project.
For more information about the project, call Facilities Management at (870) 575-8831.