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The National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation program was authorized by Section 1804 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) Public Law 109-59, and has been reauthorized and continued for FY 2011. The NHCBP program provides for two types of projects. One type is a grant to assist States in carrying out the rehabilitation, repair, and/or preservation of historic covered bridges. Through these projects the safety of users are ensured by providing historic structures in a state of good repair. The other focuses on the research and education on and about historic covered bridges consequently providing improved means to restore and protect these structures.
This solicitation is only for project grant applications pertaining to the rehabilitation, repair, and/or preservation of historic covered bridges. For the purposes of the program, the term "historic covered bridge" means a covered bridge that is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register for Historic Places.
Applications and support documents for the FY 2011 National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBP) program are to be submitted by Division Offices to the Director, Office of Bridge Technology, on or before June 3, 2011. As an alternative to paper, applications may be submitted electronically. Prior to submittal, Division Offices are to review States' applications for eligibility, validity, completeness, and assignment of the States' priorities.
Eligibility for grants is established by Section 1804 of SAFETEA-LU and is as follows:
Projects are to be carried out in a manner that follows 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.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/04098/index.cfm.
There is no specific application form required. Applicants have the flexibility to present information in any form which they deem appropriate. The following information is the minimum required for project applications. The information requirements are based on the data collected through the program in previous years, with some simplifications. All information is being collected under OMB Control Number 2125-0609.
All projects will be evaluated by a selection panel. Proposed awards for the FHWA Administrator's endorsement and the U.S. DOT Secretary's approval will be made by the Director, FHWA Office of Bridge Technology, based on the recommendations of the selection panel. Considerations and positive factors influencing project selection include:
The FHWA will attempt to equitably distribute funds to applicant States in accordance with the States' priorities: however, it is to be expected that high cost project requests may be funded at less than 100 percent of a State's requested amount.
All applications that were submitted for the FY 2010 program which did not receive award grants will automatically be considered for the FY 2011 program unless directed otherwise by the submitting State. Though it is not necessary, all applicants may submit updated information on FY 2010 projects for further consideration by June 3, 2011.
Questions concerning this program should be addressed to Mr. Everett Matias at (202) 366-6712 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Thomas Everett at (202) 366-4675 (email@example.com) of the Office of Bridge Technology.