County Commission Approves CMAQ Agreement

County Commission Approves CMAQ Agreement

Johnson County's Commissioners have approved and accepted an agreement between the county and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) for 2017 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) in the amount of $200,000.

County Road and Bridge Supervisor Scott Pehringer brought the agreement before the commissioners Tuesday, saying the money would be used to purchase calcium chloride for application on county roads for dust mitigation.

He explained which county roads would see the treatments.

Pehringer said in the past, the county has seen a high in CMAQ funding of $350,000 but has been averaging about $300,000. Awards have been decreasing in recent years due to more counties applying for the funding.

The CMAQ program, according to the WYDOT website, is a federal-aid program of the Federal Highway Administration designed to fund transportation projects and programs that contribute to the attainment or maintenance of national ambient air quality standards for ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.
WYDOT provides $2 million each year to local governments for CMAQ projects.
CMAQ funding provides for a 80 percent federal portion and a 20% local match is required.

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