FHWA offers grant for truck parking projects

The Federal Highway Administration on Aug. 27 announced it is accepting applications for grant funding for various truck parking projects that improve safety.

Funding will come through the Truck Parking Facilities Program, which aims to help decrease congestion and safety concerns by addressing the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System. Long-term parking is defined as parking available for 10 or more consecutive hours.

Projects and activities eligible for funding include construction of motor vehicle spaces and other improvements that facilitate CMV parking. Officials anticipate CMV drivers will be able to plan rest stops and time their loading or unloading within urban areas more effectively, resulting in reduced congestion in urban areas and safer highway operations.

According to a notice (.pdf file) published in the Federal Register, funding for the program was extended under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users for fiscal year 2010 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 (through Dec. 31, 2010).

Application deadline is Oct. 26.

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