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Subject: Action: Public Lands Highways Discretionary (PLHD) Program Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Project Applications (Electronic Reply Due: March 15, 2010) Date: February 16, 2010
From: /s/ Original signed by:
Terry K. Haussler, P.E.
Director, Office of Program Development
In Reply Refer To: HFPD-6
To: Division Administrators

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law (P.L.) 111-118) extended the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, P.L. 109-59) through February 28, 2010, at the FY 2009 fund levels. Therefore, at this time, the full amount of FY 2010 PLHD Program funding is not yet available. Under the provisions of Section 186 of Division A of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), Congress designated a total of $83,021,930 of the FY 2010 PLHD funds for specific projects listed in the Conference Report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010. In addition, under the provisions of Section 120(e), Redistribution of Certain Authorized Funds, of Division A of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, any authorized funds, which are not available for obligation due to the imposition of an obligation limitation, are not available for the PLHD program, but are redistributed to the States.

At this time, we request States to submit applications for the projects designated in the Conference Report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2010, which are those listed in Attachment 1. Only those States with projects listed in Attachment 1 need to respond to this solicitation. Please do not submit any applications for projects that are not listed in Attachment 1. The applications must be submitted electronically in MS Word format (see Attachment 2). Because these projects were designated for funding by Congress, the short form of the project application is being used, and requires completion of only 13 items.

Please note that Congress did not declare these designated projects eligible "notwithstanding any other provision of law," as they have done in recent years. In addition, Section 186 specifies that only the eligible designated projects shall be funded. Therefore, the projects must still meet the eligibility requirements under 23 U.S.C. 202 and 204. These eligibility requirements are explained in Attachment 3, and this issue should be addressed in Item 8 of the application.

We are making every effort to ensure that project applications are approved and funding is available for allocation as early as possible for FY 2010 PLHD Program funds. Therefore, all project applications must be received in Headquarters no later than March 15, 2010, as they must be reviewed and consolidated before going to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation for approval.

When submitting the State's project applications, the division office shall transmit them via email to Anna Franzino ( of my staff. Your email transmittal should include:

  1. a statement from the division office that the State's submittal has been reviewed by the division office and that it meets the submission requirements;
  2. the State transportation department's submission email or letter to the FHWA division office; and
  3. each MS Word application as an attachment.

Information on the PLHD program is included as Attachment 3 to this memorandum. This contains background information on the program including eligibility and selection criteria, as well as the submission requirements. This solicitation memorandum will also be posted on our FHWA website at

If there are any questions, please contact Ms. Anna Franzino, Public Lands Highways Program Engineer (202) 366-9488.




Cindi Ptak
Office of Federal Lands Highway
E-mail Cindi

Updated: 04/06/2011

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