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Columbus › Development › The Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund (UIRF)
Select a UIRF area to view its endorsed Plan. Planned projects can also be viewed via interactive map. A list of 2012 UIRF projects may be found here.
UIRF Plan status reports are updated twice a year, at the end of June and the end of December.
Senior Planners from the Columbus Planning
Division are assigned to particular neighborhoods as UIRF points of contact. For
area specific UIRF questions, please refer to the contact list below:
The following types of projects are potentially eligible for UIRF funding. This list is subject to change. As indicated in the Community Process section, project proposals are not currently being accepted.
Bike lanes, bike sharrows, or shared use paths.
A narrowing of the roadway at an intersection that is used to extend the sidewalk, reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians.
A ramp at an intersection that provides access between the sidewalk and the street for people who use a wheelchair.
Replacement of deteriorated curbs.
New sidewalks where there are not currently sidewalks. Repair and replacement of existing sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner and cannot be funded by UIRF.
Funding for the improvement of parks. Examples include playground equipment, walking paths, other. City owned land near waterways may also be eligible for canoe/kayak launch areas, signage, etc. Details of specific projects are planned with Recreation and Parks staff.
Medians are a raised area located in the middle of roads that separate traffic traveling in opposite directions. The primary purpose of a median is to increase safety by managing the access of vehicles to adjacent properties and separating vehicular traffic. If trees or shrubs are added, medians improve the aesthetics of an area.
A road diet reduces the number and/or width of travel lanes in order to provide additional space for other uses, such as parking, sidewalks, bike lanes, or landscaping.
Standard street lighting for areas that are not currently lit to city standards.
New trees planted along the street in the city right-of-way.
Important notes on project eligibility:
The planning process for the 2015-2019 UIRF funding period included community engagement via community meetings, the project website, and other means. It resulted in over 1,500 project suggestions from residents, community groups, business owners and other neighborhood stakeholders. These suggestions formed the basis for what has become community endorsed UIRF Plans.The UIRF Program is not currently accepting project requests so that UIRF staff can focus on the implementation of the endorsed plans. Staff will reach out to community leadership when new UIRF project proposals are being accepted. New proposals are anticipated to be accepted when at least one-half of the projects from the given community’s endorsed UIRF Plan have been implemented.In the meantime, community members and leadership should maintain lists of potential project ideas that may be UIRF eligible (see Eligible Project Types) and be prepared to share with UIRF staff when new projects ideas are being received.
The total expected amount of UIRF funding per year is $6.9 million (dependent on bond sales over the referenced time period). In order to implement a five year UIRF plan, UIRF staff developed a projected five year budget allocation for each UIRF area based on the following: