The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program funds capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure to projects that are deemed to have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. The grant program focuses on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for disconnected communities both urban and rural, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization.

Gresham Smith has worked closely with state and local governments to first develop and evaluate project concepts that best accomplish the objectives and priorities of the TIGER program. Once concepts were selected, Gresham Smith developed preliminary project plans and cost estimates in order to develop a compelling and comprehensive narrative application to most effectively compete for these highly competitive federal funds. Gresham Smith has developed numerous TIGER grant applications for our clients since 2010, and in 2015 the firm submitted the following TIGER VII applications on behalf of our state and local government clients:

Southwest Alabama Regional Mobility and Safety (SWARMS) Project, Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama
Client: Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)
Location: I-10 from the Mississippi State Line to the Florida State Line/I-65 from I-10 Northward to Mile Marker 20
TIGER Request: $4,150,000
Total Project Cost: $8,300,000

I-10 Central Gulf Coast Corridor Coalition for Integrated Transportation Management & Operations – Improving Freight Mobility, Incident Management and Hurricane Evacuation
Client: Alabama DOT (in conjunction co-applicants Mississippi DOT and Louisiana DOTD)
Location: I-10 from New Orleans to the Alabama/Florida State Line (190 miles)
TIGER Request: $14,591,398
Total Project Cost: $23,930,363

Town Branch Commons Corridor Project – Transforming Lexington with a Regional Vision
Client: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (in conjunction with co-applicants Lextran Transit Authority, University of Kentucky, Lexington Center Corporation)
Location: 1.8 miles through downtown Lexington
TIGER Request: $13,180,620
Total Project Cost: $24,150,620

Saving the Interstate 20 Mississippi River Bridge
Client: Mississippi Department of Transportation (Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development co-applicant)
Location: I-20 Bridge over the Mississippi River
TIGER Request (Full Project): $26,574,000
TIGER Request (Reduced Project of Independent Utility): $8,004,000
Total Full Project: $44,290,000
Total Reduced Project of Independent Utility: $13,340,000

“Greening the Gateways” – Incorporating Environmentally Sustainable Multimodal Transportation Improvements throughout the City of Jackson, MS
Client: Mississippi Department of Transportation for the City of Jackson, MS
Location: 2 Segments of Independent Utility (North State Street Corridor Improvements & West County Line Road Corridor Improvements)
TIGER Request (Full Project): $19,490,000
TIGER Request (North State Street SIU): $13,300,000
TIGER Request (West County Line Road SIU): $6,190,000
Total Full Project: $35,500,000
Total North State Street SIU: $19,000,000
Total West County Line Road SIU: $16,500,000





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Kent Black, P.E.
Kent Black, P.E.
Executive Vice President, Transportation