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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I obtain a U.S. DOT number for my commercial carrier business?

A: The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMSCA) office in Florida is NOT co-located with the Division Office. Although we share the same bldg, our offices are separate. THE FMSCA Florida office is located at 545 John Knox Road, Suite 102, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Phone: 850-942-9338. Fax: 850-942-9680. Their website is http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Q: How are projects selected?

A: Determining which projects will be federally funded is a state and local agency decision. The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) ranks and prioritizes projects throughout the state. Within the larger urban areas, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) utilize a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to prioritize projects within their area, which is then incorporated unchanged into the STIP.

Q: When is a project considered FHWA oversight project?

A: The projects are selected annually from Florida DOT work program based on the risk based criteria contained in the FHWA/FDOT Partnership Agreement, Section 1.3. The risk factors include projects on the NHS or Interstate with higher cost but may be off the NHS, controversial projects with an EIS, experimental or pilot projects, innovative construction, major structures, and all major projects with cost exceeding $500 million. After selection, the Florida DOT federal aid office codes these as oversight in their financial management system.

Q: When does Florida DOT send a Contract Modification to FHWA?

A: FHWA reviews all contract modifications to a full-oversight project when there is any change in scope, time, or cost regardless of amount. All major changes to a project require prior FHWA approval before work proceeds. Some examples include geometric revisions, time extensions, material type changes and supplemental agreements greater than $50,000. Minor changes can be submitted and/or discussed with FHWA after the work begins and may be discussed during routine site visits.

Q: What is the Federal Highway Administration's definition of a bridge?

A: A structure, including supports, erected over a depression or an obstruction, such as water, a highway, or a railway, having a track or passageway for carrying traffic or other moving loads and having an opening measured along the center of the roadway of more than 20 feet between undercopings of abutments or spring lines of arches, or extreme ends of the openings for multiple boxes; it may include multiple pipes where the clear distance between openings is less than half of the smaller contiguous opening.

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