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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|Subject:||INFORMATION: National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, FY 2006 Solicitation for Project Applications (Due: August 1, 2006)||Date:||July 10, 2006|
/s/ Original signed by Benjamin Tang for.
M. Myint Lwin, P.E.
Director, Office of Bridge Technology
The purpose of this memorandum is to solicit FY 2006 candidate bridge projects from the States for the rehabilitation, repair, or preservation portion of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBP) Program. This program was established by Section 1804 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU), and provides funding to assist the States to rehabilitate, repair, or preserve 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 grant is to assist 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. The total FY 2006 appropriation available for this program is $8,613,000.
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.
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://ohp.parks.ca.gov/pages/1054/files/Standards Chart1.pdf (.pdf, 75 kb), 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.
Please refer to Attachment 1, the program summary, for additional guidance. Using the criteria and associated selection considerations, please assist your State to determine the 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. This memorandum and attachments is being provided in Microsoft Word format and is also being posted on the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program Web site. 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.
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 August 1, 2006. Projects previously submitted but not selected may reapply in future fiscal years.
Questions concerning this program should be addressed to Edgar Small at (202) 366-4622 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Everett Matias at (202) 366-6712 (email@example.com) of the Office of Bridge Technology.