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Exciting News! VTA Staff to Recommend $3.7 Million in OBAG Funding for the Campbell Avenue Portals Project.
In the late 1990's the Public Works Department and the Campbell Bicycle Advisory Committee submitted a project concept that would become the Campbell Avenue Portals Project. At that time the project was a concept whose feasibility needed to be studied and whose concept had not been fully developed. Over time Public Works staff continued to submit this project to VTA to be included in VTA's Bicycle Expenditure Plan. In 2010, the City was awarded grant funds for the Design Phase of this project. Still, obtaining sufficient funds to pay for the Construction Phase was going to be a challenge as multiple efforts to secure grant funds were unsuccessful.
This week Public Works staff learned that VTA staff is recommending the Campbell Avenue Portals Project to receive $3,718,260 in One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) funding. The recommendation appears in the VTA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) agenda for May 16. The OBAG recommended projects list is scheduled for VTA Board of Directors approval on June 6. If the VTA Board approves the projects list, the OBAG grant will provide for 88.53% of the estimated construction costs. The OBAG grant requires $481,740 in local match. Staff learned that Campbell will be recommended to receive $267,300 in Transportation Development Act (TDA) Discretionary Funds. In addition, $78,596 in TDA Article 3 Guaranteed Funds will be awarded to Campbell this grant cycle.
Assuming these funds will be used to pay for some of the OBAG local match, the City would need to provide $135,844 in local funds. Therefore, for a project estimated to cost $4,200,000, the City would be responsible for paying only $135,844 or approximately 3.2% of the construction costs. This news is exciting as the City appears to be on the verge of securing enough funds to move forward with a project that will benefit pedestrians and bicyclists and promises to transform the appearance of the entrance to Downtown Campbell.