|FHWA > Bridge > Programs > 03/08/08 Memo National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program Request for FY 2008 Project Applications (Electronic Reply Due: April 30, 2008)|
The purpose of this memorandum is to solicit applications for the FY 2008 National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBP) Program and to provide an update on the FY 2007 program.
The NHCBP Program was established by Section 1804 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) Public Law 109-59, and provides funding to assist the States in the rehabilitation, repair, or preservation of the Nation's historic covered bridges. For the purposes of the NHCBP Program, the term "historic covered bridge" means a covered bridge that is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register for Historic Places. The NHCBP Program provides for two categories of projects. One category is to assist the States in carrying out the rehabilitation, repair, or preservation of the Nation's historic covered bridges. The other category focuses on research and education on and about the Nation's historic covered bridges.
This solicitation is only intended for applications regarding the rehabilitation, repair, or preservation of the Nation's historic covered bridges. Research, education and technology projects will be considered separately.
Update on FY 2007 NHCBP Program
Applications were solicited through a memorandum that was distributed on April 24, 2007, and received on June 15, 2007. We received over $11.5 million in funding applications. Available FY 2007 funds totaled approximately $9.2 million for projects, research and education. A total of 10 percent of the amount available ($920,716.68) is proposed for research and education purposes as required by SAFETEA-LU Section 1804b. The balance of approximately $8.2 million is available for projects. Having recently received the FY 2008 advice of funds, we are now able to proceed with our award recommendations, which have been forwarded to the Administrator for consideration.
FY 2008 NHCBP Program Candidate Solicitation
While considerations of the FY 2007 awards are proceeding, our FY 2008 plan must be developed in order to have a chance of awarding program funds during the fiscal year. Unfortunately, while reviews of the FY 2007 award recommendations are underway, we are not at liberty to disclose which projects are recommended for funding from the FY 2007 applications. Thus, all applications submitted for FY 2007 which do not receive FY 2007 funding awards will automatically receive consideration for FY 2008 unless otherwise notified by the submitting State. Though it is not necessary for consideration, we invite all applicants to submit any updated information on their projects which they feel appropriate for further consideration.
New applications for the FY 2008 NHCBP Program are also requested at this time. A total of $9,240,000.00 is available in FY 2008 to achieve the goals for projects, research and education. A total of 10 percent of the amount available ($924,000.00) is proposed for research and education purposes as required by SAFETEA-LU Section 1804b. Research and education funds will be administered separately. The balance, in the amount of $8,316,000.00, is available for projects, which are solicited through this memorandum.
Grants will be awarded to States submitting eligible projects that demonstrate a need for assistance in carrying out one or more eligible projects as outlined below:
To ensure the bridges retain their historical significance, grants will be awarded for projects only if:
Each project must be carried out in the most historically appropriate manner following the Department of Interior's Standards, and the standards and guidelines approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties may be obtained at the Web site http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/ and should be consulted for the distinct approaches to treatment of historic properties. Although the Standards were developed for historic buildings, the terms, guidelines, and suggested approaches are generally applicable to historic covered bridges. States should also consult the FHWA "Covered Bridge Manual," FHWA Publication No. FHWA-HRT-04-098 for additional information, which may be obtained at the Web site http://www.tfhrc.gov/structur/pubs/04098/index.htm.
Please refer to Attachment 1 for additional guidance. Using the criteria and associated selection considerations, please assist your State in determining eligible projects to be submitted.
As an alternative to paper, applications may be submitted electronically after the division office has reviewed them for eligibility, completeness, and assignment of the State's priorities. Included, as Attachment 2, is a list of the required data items for candidate projects. This information is being collected under OMB Control Number 2125-0609. There is no specific form required and applicants have the flexibility to present the information in any form which they deem appropriate. This memorandum and attachments are also being posted on the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program Web site, http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/covered.htm. The State's application should describe the project in enough detail to demonstrate that it meets one or more of the goals of this program. Applications and other support documents that provide a further description of the project, such as the scope of work and bridge plans, should be completed and submitted to the Director, Office of Bridge Technology, on or before April 30, 2008. Projects previously submitted but not selected may reapply in future fiscal years.
Questions concerning this program should be addressed to Mr. Everett Matias at (202) 366-6712 (email@example.com) or Mr. Thomas Everett at (202) 366-4675 (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Office of Bridge Technology.