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Solicitation of Highways for LIFE Demonstration Construction Projects (FY 2010)
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This is to announce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 solicitation of grant applications for demonstration construction projects under the Highways for LIFE (HfL) Pilot Program. I am attaching the application form. The solicitation will close on August 31.
To date, 21 States have been selected for participation in the pilot demonstration project program. Because Section 1502(b)(6) of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires the Secretary to approve (to the maximum extent possible) at least one project in each State, those States that have not been selected as an HfL recipient will receive first consideration for available funds. If your State has not had an HfL project, I encourage you to work with State officials to find and submit a candidate.
We can approve incentive grants under the HfL Pilot Program, or waive the matching requirement to allow 100-percent Federal-aid funding for projects. The purpose of these incentives is to encourage the States to build projects that use proven innovations that are infrequently used to accelerate the deployment and implementation process of innovation.
The selection panel will be ranking the candidate projects using the following criteria:
The State must submit all applications to their FHWA Division Office. The division office is to forward the State’s application and provide a recommendation memorandum to the HfL office with information that:
Since enactment of SAFETEA-LU, HfL projects have clearly demonstrated that we can build highways and bridges in weeks rather than years, with minimal impact to motorists, with significantly better safety results, of higher quality, and sometimes at a lower cost. This new solicitation for FY 2010 is a great opportunity to encourage your State to use the appropriate innovations promoted in the Every Day Counts Accelerating Innovation and Technology Deployment and Shortening Project Delivery initiatives.
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