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Interstate Maintenance Program - Selection Criteria and Additional Information

Statutory References

23 U.S.C. § 118(c)

Program Summary

The Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD) Program provides grants for projects for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing any routes or portion thereof on the Interstate System.


Funded by contract authority; funds are not transferable to another project. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid highway obligation limitation. Funds are to be allocated by the Secretary of Transportation to States.

Federal Share

The Federal share of the costs for most projects eligible under this program is 90 percent. However, the Federal share is 80 percent on projects, or the portion of projects, for work involving added single-occupancy vehicle lanes to increase capacity. The sliding scale provisions under 23 U.S.C. § 120 also apply to the Federal share for this program.

Eligible Use of Funds

The eligibility criteria for IMD projects as set forth in 23 U.S.C. § 118(c) is as follows:

  1. IMD funds are available for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating and reconstructing (4R) work, including added lanes, on the Interstate System. Projects not eligible for IMD funds are projects on any highway designated as a part of the Interstate System under 23 U. S.C. § 139, as in effect before the enactment of TEA-21, and any toll road on the Interstate System not subject to an agreement under 23 U.S.C. § 119(e), as in effect on December 17, 1991. Also not eligible are projects on any highway added to the Interstate System under 23 U.S.C. § 103(c)(4), and section 1105(e)(5)(A) of ISTEA as they replaced the identified provisions. Any proposed or future Interstate route is also not eligible for IMD funds. Eligible routes can be generally identified on the table located at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/highwayhistory/data/page02.cfm under the heading "Chargeable Mileage."
  2. Under the provisions of 23 U.S.C. § 118(c)(2), a State is eligible to receive an allocation of IMD funds, if it has obligated or demonstrates that it will obligate in the fiscal year all of its Interstate Maintenance (IM) funds apportioned under 23 U.S.C. § 104(b)(4) other than an amount which, by itself, is insufficient to pay the Federal share of the cost of a project which has been submitted by the State for approval. Therefore, to be eligible to apply for FY 2012 IMD funds, a State must demonstrate how it will obligate all of its current unobligated balance of IM funds (L010 or L01E) in FY 2012, without transferring these to another category. If full year appropriations are not yet known, an estimate based on FY 2011 should be considered.
  3. The State must be willing and able to obligate the IMD funds within 1 year of the date the funds are made available, apply the funds to a ready-to-commence project, and in the case of construction work, begin work within 90 days after obligation.

Statutory Priority Consideration

In selecting projects for IMD funds, the Secretary shall give priority consideration to any project the cost of which exceeds $10,000,000 on any high volume route in an urban area or a high truck- volume routes in rural areas. The project must be located on Interstate routes eligible under title 23 U.S.C. § 118(c). Eligible routes may generally be found under the heading "Chargeable Mileage" on the table at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/highwayhistory/data/page02.cfm

Project Selection Criteria

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has not issued regulatory criteria for selection of IMD projects; however, FHWA will use the following criteria in the evaluation of candidates for this program:

Projects that will provide a state of good repair will be given additional consideration.

Policy Considerations

Restoring economic health and creating jobs through improvements to transportation infrastructure are among the highest priorities of the FHWA.   In furtherance of these priorities, the FHWA will give priority consideration to projects and activities that create new jobs in the short-term and contribute to the economic competitiveness of the United States over the long-term.  Applicants are encouraged to explain how their project will contribute to increased employment and enhance economic competitiveness. 

In addition to a project’s transportation and economic benefits, when allocating funds to carry out the FY 2012 discretionary programs, the FHWA will also give consideration to providing an equitable and geographic distribution of funds.

The FHWA will give priority consideration to (1) projects that will be under construction in FY 2013, and (2) emergency rehabilitation and restoration projects which are necessary to reopen Interstate bridges that are critical to the regional and national movement of people and goods.

Also, FHWA policy that a State must not have transferred or plan to transfer any NHS or IM funds to other programs in FY 2012 remains in effect. Division offices must confirm that they have verified that the State plans to obligate all of its IM funding and will not transfer any NHS or IM funds in FY2012.

Awards will range from $2 million to $5 million.

Submission Requirements

Applications are due from the State departments of transportation (State DOTs) to the FHWA division offices by January 6, 2012. The applications must be submitted electronically in MS Word or compatible word processor format (no PDF's). Late applications may not be considered. States should submit no more than two applications and must prioritize the applications. Candidate projects must meet IMD eligibility criteria and will be evaluated on the selection criteria established for the IMD program. Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements and address the selection criteria will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Required Forms – Applicants must complete and submit the following forms. Failure to submit all required forms may result in the application being removed from consideration for award.

Announcement of Awards / Allocation of Funds

Congress will be notified before funds are allocated to the States. When this Congressional notification process is completed, the Office of Program Administration will issue an announcement by email to all FHWA division offices, announcing the IMD projects that will be funded and the amount of funding for each project.

States may then request that funds be allocated for any projects for which the funds are ready to be obligated. Awarded projects can be found at the website http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary. The State DOT shall send an email to the FHWA division office indicating the project, the amount requested for allocation, and the date by which the funds will be obligated. The Office of Program Administration will issue the allocation memorandum within a few days of receiving the request. These funds are subject to August redistribution. Therefore, any allocated funds must be obligated by the end of the fiscal year.

FHWA Point of Contact

Tony DeSimone
Federal-aid Programs Engineer
Office of Program Administration
Phone: (317) 226-5307
Fax: (317) 226-7341
Email: Anthony.Desimone@dot.gov


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