Grant Application Writing Success

Summary of Awards

Access Engineering has an 87% success rate in grant applications awarded funding. Recent successful grant applications have been awarded from the following funding sources:

  • Surface Transportation Improvement Program - Suballocated Funds (STP-S)
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
  • Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
  • Federal Land Acquisition Program (FLAP)
  • Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) * no longer available
  • Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP)

We understand that many times the biggest obstacle in improving infrastructure for the community is proper funding. Access Engineering has identified project opportunities and funding sources for infrastructure improvements worthy of being built. 



39N AgTech Innovation District Transportation Improvements

St. Louis County, Missouri

Access Engineering wrote the STP-S grant application for the 39N AgTech Innovation District Transportation Improvements Phase 1, which, if awarded, will provide $5 million in Federal and Local Funds to improve the interchange at Lindbergh and Olive Blvds. The project will construct a folded diamond interchange, new sidewalks on the south side of Olive Blvd, and two new traffic signals at ramp termini. After the interchange is reconfigured, approximately 4 acres of land will be available in the District for redevelopment. The successful grant application will fund the foundation infrastructure improvements to allow the 39 North Master Plan to be realized.


39N AgTech Innovation District TAP Grant Application

St. Louis County, Missouri

Access Engineering wrote the TAP grant application for Phase 1 of the 39N Greenway, which constructs a pedestrian bridge over Olive Blvd. The bridge will connect Monsanto’s Campus on the south to the remainder of the District on the North side of Olive Blvd. The pedestrian bridge will provide connectivity for pedestrians and bicycles, and will be a distinguishing entry point to the District. The bridge touchdown on the North side will be adjacent to the 39N District Center.


River des Peres Greenway Phase VI: Lansdowne to Slay Multi-Use Facility CMAQ Grant Application

St. Louis, Missouri

Access wrote the successful grant application for the extension of River des Peres Greenway from the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station to Slay Park in the City of St. Louis for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Control (CMAQ) funding. The CMAQ grant awards funding to applications that demonstrate the project will eliminate single occupant vehicular (SOV) trips. Access developed a quantifiable calculation to determine the number of SOV trips this project will eliminate per day, and the average length of eliminated trip. This was a direct factor in this project being the first non-motorized facility project to be recommended for CMAQ funding.

This 2 mile extension to the River des Peres Greenway is part of an 11-mile corridor development that will eventually stretch from Forest Park to the Mississippi River, linking the Shady Creek, Deer Creek and River des Peres Greenways. Access studied the project area and conceptual design, created quantified calculations for emissions estimations, collaborated with multiple partners and stakeholders, obtained many letters of recommendation, and completed the application in line with the priorities and requirements of the project sponsor. The application was awarded $1.5M for the project.


St. Louis North Riverfront Phase II: 
Open Space and Redevelopment Plan

St. Louis, Missouri

Access was on the team of professionals creating redevelopment plans for the area immediately north of the St. Louis Arch grounds along the Mississippi River. The study area was comprised of 182 acres of land, has rich historic value and has served as the northern gateway to downtown venues. The study provided strategies to implement active park and recreation space, safe and accessible access to the river, and a redevloped waterfront promoting mixed-use development. Lands involved in the project area include public Rights of Way, publicly owned parcels, and privately owned property.  

Access led the existing infrastructure research and future infrastructure planning. Access prepared innovative approaches and collaborated with the extensive planning team and stakeholders to bring this historic district into a sustainable zone of high vitality and connectivity. Access analyzed areas for potential green infrastructure improvements and Green Infrastructure Grant opportunities throughout the project area in the Schematic Design (SD) phase. 

This project ties in significantly with Access’ work on the Trestle bridge and the Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd Reconstruction as part of the City+Arch+River2015 Initiative.

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Mississippi River Greenway Planning

St. Louis, Missouri

Access Engineering had a major role on the project team for this Great Rivers Greenway District project, partnered with the City of St. Louis, Missouri. This project was a planning study along the Mississippi River corridor connecting the Arch grounds to the River des Peres Greenway. 

The focus was on identifying future off-street trail and on-street bicycle facilities in the corridor to provide a continuous connection from downtown to St. Louis County.  Access’ role included database collection, GIS, corridor analyses, conceptual design, technical/citizen advisory committee coordination and public input.


Mississippi River Greenway: 14th Street Greenway Corridor

St. Louis, Missouri

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Access is the Prime Consultant for the 14th Street land acquisition and planning projects  for the Mississippi Greenway, formerly known as the Confluence Greenway.  The Mississippi Greenway is a 32 mile greenway that will connect the Missouri Greenway, Maline Greenway, the Trestle, the Arch grounds, Gateway Mall and Mississippi Greenway south of downtown St. Louis. 

Access is providing planning, design, and land acquisition services for this project, which will construct a Complete Street connection with bicycle/pedestrian facilities between the Metro Civic Center near I-64 and the Trestle along 14th Street and Mullanphy Street. Access is analyzing potential green infrastructure treatments, including rain gardens, bioswales, bioretention, porous hardscape and amended soils for this project. 

The project requires extensive planning efforts with City agencies, including St. Louis Board of Public Service, Streets, the Mayor’s Office, SLDC, and the Downtown Partnership, in addition to MoDOT, Metro, Citizens for Modern Transit and McEagle’s Northside Regeneration Team. 


Mississippi River Greenway: Branch Street Corridor

St. Louis, Missouri





Access is the Prime Consultant for the Branch Street land aquisition and planning projects  for the Mississippi Greenway, formerly known as the Confluence Greenway.  The Mississippi Greenway is a 32 mile greenway that will connect the Missouri Greenway, Maline Greenway, the Trestle, the Arch grounds, Gateway Mall and Mississippi Greenway south of downtown St. Louis. 

Access is providing Complete Street design and a trail connection on Branch Street between the North Riverfront Trail/McKinley Bridge Bikeway and 14th Street.  The corridor crosses I-70 right of way in addition to three railroad right of ways.  Access is responsible for coordination of the Branch Street improvements with multiple planning efforts in the area including the Municipal River Terminal, the North Riverfront Commerce Corridor Land Use Plan and the Branch Street Visioning Plan.