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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|Subject:||ACTION: Request for FY 2006 Candidates for the Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program (Reply Due: August 15, 2006)||Date:||June 9, 2006|
/s/ Original signed by
M. Myint Lwin, P.E., S.E.
Director, Office of Bridge Technology
Directors of Field Services
Resource Center Director
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the FY 2006 solicitation for candidate projects from the States for the Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) program, which is an expansion of the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) program. The focus of the IBRD is to carry out a program to promote, demonstrate, evaluate, and document the application of innovative designs, materials, and construction methods in the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of bridge and other highway structures.
For FY 2006, approximately $2.2 million is available for the IBRC program, and approximately $5.1 million for the IBRD program. Because the IBRD program is an expansion of the IBRC program, the funds will be combined into one fund for the IBRD projects. If full funding is not available at the time of award, the funds will be allocated on a pro rata basis to the approved projects.
Both TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU allow the Federal share to vary, and instruct the Secretary of Transportation to determine the Federal share (percentage) of the cost of a project under this section. For FY 2006, actual percentages will depend on the number of eligible projects submitted, the types of innovative material technologies, and the cost of the candidate projects as well as the amount of funds requested by the States. Please note that high cost project requests may be funded at less than 100 percent of the State's requested amount. With some possible exceptions, we anticipate that for FY 2006, the amount of IBRC/IBRD funds allocated to any one project will not exceed $250,000. As in years past, we believe that the goals of the IBRD program will be better served by funding a larger number of small-to-medium sized innovative projects, rather than by concentrating funds in a smaller number of larger projects. The intent is to promote innovation in its broadest sense.
We are requesting your assistance in identifying FY 2006 candidate projects for IBRD. The projects shall meet one or more of the goals of the programs.
We are attaching additional information on the IBRD program, application procedures, and selection criteria for your use and information. The application procedures and selection criteria are similar to those announced in the request for FY2005 candidates for the IBRC program, dated April 18, 2005. Please discuss the program with your State department of transportation (DOT) to determine their interest in the program and to solicit candidate projects. Please also assist this office and your State by determining each candidate's eligibility, by assuring the completeness of each application, and by ranking projects in the order of the DOT's priorities.
We are requesting that candidate project submissions be received in Headquarters (HIBT-1) no later than August 15, 2006[note]. Submissions received after this date may not receive consideration. Questions concerning this program should be addressed to Chien-Tan Chang, Office of Bridge Technology, at (202) 366-6749.
Attachment No 1
The IBRC program was established by the Congress in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178). This program was continued in SAFETEA-LU. However, in section 5202 of SAFETEA-LU, Congress removed two goals of the IBRC program: Goal (E), the development of cost-effective and innovative techniques to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from railroad traffic; and Goal (F), the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation technologies and techniques. In addition, this section added three goals to the IBRD Program: Goal (F), the documentation and wide dissemination of objective evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative designs, materials, and construction methods; Goal (G), the effective transfer of resulting information and technology; and Goal (H), the development of improved methods to detect bridge scour and economical bridge foundation designs that will withstand bridge scour. The eight goals of IBRD are listed under ELIGIBILITY of this Attachment.
Funds are provided to the States under the IBRD program to pay the Federal share of the cost of projects that demonstrate innovative accelerated bridge design and construction technology, and the application of innovative material technology in the repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or new construction of bridges and other highway structures. For each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009, approximately $13.1 million will be available. In FY 2006, this amount will be reduced to $5.1 million for the technology deployment portion of the IBRD program after reduction of funds pursuant to the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Colombia, independent Agencies Appropriations Act 2006 (Pub. L. 109-115, Nov 30,2005), the Department of Defense, Appropriations Act 2006, (Pub. L. 109-148, Dec. 30, 2005), and Sec. 5202(b)(3)(B) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
In accordance with 23 U.S.C. 503(b)(5), the Secretary shall determine the Federal share of the costs for any project eligible under this program. The FHWA determines the Federal share for each project considering several factors, including the size of the project, the amount of funds requested for the project, and the available funding for the program. It is the goal to fund as many projects as possible at a 100 percent Federal share; however, because of the above considerations, some projects may be funded at a lower Federal share.
Funds are available for bridge projects that meet one or more of the eight program goals listed in 23 U.S.C. Section 503(b)(2):
Goals-the goals of the program shall include:
The project may be on any public roadway, including State and locally funded projects.
Funds may be used for costs of preliminary engineering, repair, rehabilitation, or construction of bridges or other highway structures, and costs of project performance evaluation including instrumentation and performance monitoring of the structure following construction.
These funds may be used for the Federal share of the cost of the repairs, rehabilitation, replacement, or new construction on the "innovative materials and accelerated bridge construction" portion of the project.
The FHWA will use the following criteria to evaluate the submitted candidates for selection:
Projects that will meet one or more of the goals of the program in 23 U.S.C. Section 503(b);
Projects that will incorporate innovative materials and/or products that are readily available;
Projects that have been funded for design and for construction or rehabilitation;
Projects with designs, materials, and construction methods that have broad application;
Projects that leverage Federal funds with other public or private resources, will be given preference; and
Projects that are part of a large right of way improvement project.
In addition, the FHWA will use the following considerations in the evaluation of candidates for this program:
State priorities - For States that submit more than one project application, consideration is also given to the individual State's priorities if specified.
Availability of innovative material and/or innovative material product - Preference is given to projects, which will apply an innovative material and/or a product made of an innovative material, which is readily available for application in other projects and in other States.
Expeditious completion of project - Preference is also given to projects that will be let for construction or rehabilitation works in a timely manner. An appropriate target date will be for projects to be let to bid by September 30, 2007. For large-scale projects, consideration is given to the State's total funding plan to expedite the completion of the project.
Leveraging of private or other public funding - Because the annual requests for funding far exceed the available IBRD discretionary funds, commitment of other funding sources to complement the requested IBRD discretionary funding is an important factor.
Currently, the FHWA plans to request FY 2006 projects in June 2006, and make selections for FY06 projects by December 2006.
Each year, a memorandum is sent from the FHWA Headquarters Office of Bridge Technology to the FHWA division offices requesting the submission of candidate projects for a given fiscal year's funding. This solicitation is also published on the IRBD Web at http://ibrd.fhwa.dot.gov (being developed). The FHWA division offices provide this solicitation request to the State departments of Transportation (DOTs), who are the only entities that can submit candidates. The State DOTs coordinate with local and Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations within their respective States in order to develop viable candidate projects. The State DOTs submit the candidate applications to the FHWA division offices. After review and consultation with the DOT, the division office sends the acceptable candidate projects to the Director, Office of Bridge Technology (Attn: HIBT-1). Candidate projects for FY 2006 funding will be due in FHWA Headquarters on or about August 15, 2006.
The candidate project applications are reviewed and evaluated by a selection panel composed of representatives from the FHWA Office of Bridge Technology and the FHWA Office of Infrastructure R&D, and an allocation plan is prepared for presentation of the candidate projects to the Federal Highway Administrator, for the final selection of projects for funding.
Only State DOTs may submit applications for funding under this program. A prescribed format for a project submission is provided in the format of a project application form, and the following information should be included to properly evaluate the candidate projects. Those applications that do not include this information will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.
State in which the project is located;
Priority Ranking of the project as determined by the State DOT, if more than one project is submitted;
County in which the project is located;
Structure Name & Location - Provide the bridge name (if appropriate) and describe the specific location of the project, including route number/name and mileposts (if applicable), and feature(s) crossed by the bridge;
Structure Description - Provide a description of the structure including type (e.g., continuous prestressed concrete box girder), number of spans, total length, and total width (out to out);
Innovation - Specify the innovation (e.g., accelerate construction, self consolidate concrete, embankment erosion and resistance) that is being used in the project;
Proposed Work - Describe the specific application of the innovation proposed in this particular request, and whether this is a complete project or part of a larger project;
Program Goals - The State's submission should show how the application of the innovation would meet one or more of the IBRD program goals as stated above;
Letting Date - The proposed letting date for the main project should be specified, in which the proposed candidate is a part;
Estimated Costs - Provide the estimated cost of the project as follows: cost of the entire project; cost of the innovative portion of the projects, (e.g., an FRP composite deck) as well as preliminary engineering costs associated with the innovative portion of the project; and the cost of proposed activities to monitor and document the performance of the innovative application;
Amount of Federal IBRD Funds Requested - Indicate the amount of Federal IBRD funds being requested; and
Commitment of Other Funds - Indicate the amounts and sources of any private or other public funding being provided as part of this project. Only indicate those amounts of funding having documented commitments. The submission must include written confirmation of these commitments from the entity controlling the funds.
Note: Additional information on project applications can be submitted through FHWA Division Office by FedEx mail, if needed.
Priority ranking - Each State, in cooperation with the FHWA division office, is requested to prioritize their candidate projects.
Funding for repeated applications - The States are encouraged not to submit candidate projects, which essentially duplicate a previous project using the same material in the same type of application if that original project was funded with IBRC funds.
High cost projects - The FHWA will attempt to equitably distribute funds to an applicant State in accordance with the State's priorities. However, subject to special consideration, it is to be expected that high cost project requests may be funded at less than 100% of a State's requested amount. In FY 2006, the threshold amount will depend on the total number of eligible projects submitted as well as on the total amount of funds requested. However, a reasonable estimate for the threshold amount for FY 2006 is $250.000
Projects are to be screened for eligibility first by the FHWA division office and then subsequently evaluated by the Headquarters IBRD selection panel. Other considerations are:
Projects approved in Previous Fiscal Years - Supplemental funding for projects, which were partially funded in previous fiscal years under IBRC program, will be considered but not guaranteed. Requests for supplemental funds are to be made in an FY 2006 application in response to this solicitation. These candidates will be prioritized along with all other FY 2006 candidates.
First Priority Projects - Every attempt will be made to provide funds for each State's eligible highest priority project. As noted above, high cost project requests may be funded at less than 100% of the State's requested amount. If a State's highest priority project is determined to be ineligible under the IBRD program requirements, the second ranking project on the State's submission will be considered the State's highest priority project.
Flexibility to the State to switch funds to other candidate projects - FY 2006 funding will be allocated to specific projects and those projects should be let to bid by September 30, 2007. However, the FHWA recognizes that legitimate circumstances may lead the State to propose transferring IBRD funds from one project to another. The division office will have the authority to approve such transfers and they should be guided by the following:
The State may transfer IBRD funds from an eligible, funded project to one or more of their submitted eligible candidates, as they may deem appropriate.
The project receiving funds must be one of the State's other eligible candidates but need not be one that was selected for IBRD funding by FHWA.
The State must commit to building the projects from which IBRD funds are being taken, or provide the FHWA with adequate justification for not doing so.
The amount of funds transferred to an alternate project may not exceed the cost of the innovative portion of the alternate project.
For record-keeping purposes, it is requested that notification of the intent to fund the alternate project(s) (project name and amount) be provided to the Office of Bridge Technology.
Coordinate with State, local, and Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities and nonprofit organizations within the State to develop viable candidate projects;
Ensure that the applications for candidate projects meet the submission requirements;
Establish priorities for other candidate projects; and
Submit completed applications to the local FHWA division office in a timely manner so that the submission deadline can be met.
Provide the solicitation memorandum and the program information to the State DOTs;
Request candidate projects be submitted by the State to the FHWA division office in time to meet the submission deadline established in the solicitation;
Help applicants complete information required in the application form;
Review and prioritize all candidate applications submitted by the State prior to sending them to the FHWA Headquarters to ensure that they are complete and meet the submission requirements;
Submit the candidate applications to FHWA Headquarters by the established submission deadline. Submission of these applications will be by ONLINE submission only;
Review and approve/disapprove requests from the State to transfer IBRD funds from one eligible project to another eligible project. Send notification of the alternate project(s) funded (project name and amount) to the Office of Bridge Technology; and
Record required application data in the IBRD online database via the IBRD home page at http://ibrd.fhwa.dot.gov (being developed). Separate instructions will be provided at a later date for entering the information directly via the Internet.
Request candidates from the States through the annual solicitation memorandum;
Review candidate project submissions and compile program and project information for preparation of the allocation plan;
Submit the allocation plan to the Federal Highway Administrator for approving final project selection; and.
Allocate funds for the selected projects.
Senior Bridge Engineer - Planning and Coordination
Office of Bridge Technology (HIBT-1)
Phone: (202) 366-6749 Fax: (202) 366-3077
Attachment No. 2
State's Priority Ranking: # _____ of _____
Project type (new construction, replacement, rehabilitation, or repair)
NBI structure number
Structure Name and/or Identifying Description (e.g., Number/Name of Route on the Bridge and Feature Crossed)
Structure description (e.g., bridge type, number of spans, length, width, material)
Innovative material and/or innovative accelerated construction (describe the material and/or construction, how it is used and how the project meets one or more of the program goals)
Schedule for start of work (month/year):
|Total project cost:||P|
|Cost of "innovative material" portion of the construction||A|
|Preliminary engineering cost, if requested||B|
|Cost of innovative material performance evaluation (e.g., for a 2-year post-construction period)||C|
|PE costs + construction costs + evaluation costs = (A + B + C)||T|
|Total Federal Program Funds Requested||$$_________________|
Attachment No. 3
The Division Office is requested to input the following basic application data to the IBRD database via the FHWA Web site. Separate instructions will be provided at a later date for submitting the information directly via the Web site. Those applications that do not include these items will be considered incomplete and returned for additional data.
State in which the project is located;
Priority Ranking of the project as determined by the State department of transportation;
County in which the project is located;
Congressional District in which the project is located;
Name of Congressional Representative in whose district the project is located;
Structure Name & Location - Provide the bridge name (if appropriate) and describe the specific location of the project, including route number/name and mileposts, if applicable and feature(s) crossed by the bridge.
Structure Description - Provide a description of the structure including type (e.g., continuous prestressed concrete box girder), number of spans, total length and width (out to out);
Innovative Material, Innovative Construction & Specific Application - Specify what innovative materials and/or construction (e.g. high performance steel/accelerated construction) are being applied in the project and what structural elements are involved (e.g., girders) and the application (e.g., superstructure). A checklist of "standard" terminology will be provided:
Innovative Material - specify FRP composite, etc.
Innovative Construction - specify accelerated bridge construction technology, etc.
Structural Element - specify deck, girder, etc.
Application - specify superstructure, substructure, etc.
Letting Date - The proposed letting date for the project should be specified; and
Estimated Costs - Provide the estimated cost of the project as follows:
Cost of the entire project.
Cost of the construction of just the innovative portion of the project (e.g., FRP composite deck).
Cost of preliminary engineering associated with the innovative portion of the project.
Cost of proposed activities to monitor and document the performance of the innovative material application.
Also include 2006 Application for Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program in attachment No. 2.
Chien-Tan Chang, Senior Bridge Engineer
Office of Bridge Technology (HIBT-1)
Phone: 202-366-6749 Fax: 202-366-3077