U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
202-366-4000


Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Home / Resources / Legislation, Regulations and Guidance / Directives and Memorandum / Notices

Notice
Subject
FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAM OBLIGATIONS - FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996
Classification Code Date
N 4520.141 December 4, 1995

  1. PURPOSE. To advise of the limitation on Federal-aid highway program obligations for fiscal year (FY) 1996 and the distribution of this limitation among the States.

  2. LIMITATION - LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS. Public Law 102-240 and, the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1996, (Public Law 104-50) provides for the limitation of obligations as follows:

    1. Obligations for Federal-aid highways are limited to $17,550,000,000 for FY 1996.

    2. This limitation shall not apply to obligations for projects covered under:

        (1) Sections 125, and 157, of Title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C.);

        (2) Section 147 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978;

        (3) Section 9 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1981;

        (4) Obligations to carry out the provisions of Sections 131(b) and 131(j) of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-424);

        (5) Section 404 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-424);

        (6) Sections 1103 through 1108 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991;

        (7) Obligations of funds made available under subsections (b) and © of Section 149 of theSurface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987.

    3. Each State is guaranteed sufficient authority to prevent lapse of sums authorized to be appropriated for Federal-aid highways which have been apportioned to a State.

    4. Amounts authorized for administration, the Federal Lands Highway Program, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, and amounts made available under sections 1040, 1047, 1064, 6001, 6005, 6006, 6023, and 6024 of Public Law 102-240 are charged to the limitation but are excluded from the State-by-State distribution.

    5. After August 1, 1996, the Secretary will revise a distribution of funds made available if a State does not plan to obligate the amount distributed during FY 1996 and redistribute such amounts to those States able to obligate amounts in addition to those previously distributed during FY 1996. The redistribution will give priority to those States having large unobligated balances of funds apportioned under 23 U.S.C. 103(e)(4), 104, 144 and 1013© and 1015 of Public Law 102-240.

    6. Redistribution of FY 1996 authority reserved for Federal lands and Headquarters controlled programs. Any funds not obligated by July 31, 1996, will be withdrawn and made available for August Redistribution. If Federal Lands and Headquarters offices need any amounts that are withdrawn to be restored, they should include the amount in their request as part of the August Redistribution process.

    7. After August 1 and on or before September 30, 1996, a State which obligates the amount distributed in FY 1996 under the distribution based on apportioned and allocated funds, as well as any redistribution amounts made available after August 1, 1996, may obligate for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction on or before September 30, 1996, an additional amount. The aggregate amount which may be obligated by all States under this additional obligation authority cannot exceed 2.5 percent of the aggregate amount of funds apportioned or allocated under sections 104 and 144 of 23 U.S.C.; and 1013© and 1015 of Public Law 102-240 which would not be obligated in FY 1996, if the total amount of obligational authority were utilized. No State may utilize this additional obligational authority that does not utilize all obligation authority distributed to it for FY 1996 or does not utilize all additional obligation authorityredistributed to it after August 1. In addition, this provision will not apply to any State releasing formula obligation authority for the August redistribution.

    8. Funds apportioned for FY 1996 to the States during FY 1996 have been used to determine the factors for making a State-by-State distribution of the obligation limitation. The State-by-State distribution of the FY 1996 obligation limitation is shown on Attachment 1.

    9. During the period October 1 through December 31, 1995, no State shall obligate more than 25 percent of the amount of obligation limitation distributed to such State, and the total of all State obligations during such period shall not exceed 12 percent of the total amount distributed to all States. The State-by-State distribution of the FY 1996 obligation limitation is shown on Attachment 1.

    10. Special 1st Quarter Limitation. During the period October 1 through December 31, 1995, the aggregate amount of obligations under section 157 of 23 U.S.C., section 147 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978; section 9 of the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1981; sections 131(b), 131(j) and 404 of Public Law 97-424; sections 1061, 1103 through 1108, 4008, and 6023(b)(8) and (10) of Public Law 102-240 and Public Law 100-17, shall not exceed $277,431,840. The distribution to the States has been made based on the September 30, 1995, unobligated balances of the affected programs plus the FY 1996 Minimum Allocation apportionment and ISTEA Demonstration Projects allocations. The amount for each State is shown on Attachment 2.

  3. DISCRETIONARY AND/OR OTHER NON-FORMULA FUNDS. Obligational authority is reserved for discretionary and/or other non-formula funds estimated to be allocated during the fiscal year. Obligational authority will be distributed with each allocation of funds during FY 1996 at 100 percent. During the first quarter 12 percent of the limitation will be provided with allocations to the States. The remaining limitation will be available after December 31, 1995. Such allocations increase the total annual limitation to each State for FY 1996.

  4. FEDERAL LANDS PROGRAM. The obligational authority for the Federal Lands Highway program has been reserved from distribution. Distribution of the reserved authority will be made by the Federal Lands Highway Program Office.

  5. TERRITORIAL HIGHWAY PROGRAM. Obligational authority for the Territorial Highway Program has been reserved from distribution. Distribution of the reserved authority willbe made by the Associate Administrator for Program Development.

  6. TOTAL LIMITATION. Obligation authority available for distribution in FY 1996 is greater than the total apportionments and allocations for the year on which the distribution is based. The pro rata share of 105.4 percent is available for distribution with apportioned (formula) funds. Allocated (non-formula) funds will be distributed with obligation limitation of 100 percent. Attachment 1 shows each State's share of the limitation distributed by formula and the amount reserved for non-formula programs.

  7. FUNDS SUBJECT TO FY 1996 LIMITATION. Obligation of the funds shown on Attachment 3 are chargeable to the FY 1996 limitation. Also shown are funds exempt from the limitation.

  8. FUNDS SUBJECT TO SPECIAL FIRST QUARTER LIMITATION. Attachment 4 contains a listing of the appropriation codes subject to the Special First Quarter Limitation.

  9. ACTION

    1. Division Administrators should ensure that copies of this Notice are furnished to State Highway Agencies.

    2. By December 11, 1995, each State shall advise the Division Administrator of (1) the amount it can obligate in excess of its 12 percent share (up to a maximum of 25 percent) or, (2) the amount that can be released during the first quarter for obligation by other States. The response shall be forwarded by the Division Administrator to the regional office. By December 13, each Regional Administrator shall advise Washington Headquarters, HFS-30, on a State-by-State basis of the additional authority required or the amount that can be released for obligation by other States. Upon review of the regional reports, Washington Headquarters will advise of the redistribution, if any, of the first quarter obligation authority. Any redistribution in the first quarter will not change the total FY 1996 distribution of limitation to each State.

    3. By December 11, 1995, each State shall advise the Division Administrator of the Special Limitation amount it can obligate in excess of its share or the amount that can be released during the first quarter for obligation by other States. The response shall be forwarded by the Division Administrator to the regional office. By December 13, each Regional Administrator shall advise Washington Headquarters, HFS-30, on a State-by-State basis of the additional authorityrequired or the amount that can be released for obligation by other States. Upon review of the regional reports, Washington Headquarters will advise of the redistribution, if any, of the first quarter obligation authority.

/s/
A. R. Kane
Executive Director

Attachments

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

DISTRIBUTION OF LIMITATION ON
FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAM OBLIGATIONS
FOR FISCAL YEAR 1996

STATE TOTAL 12 PERCENT
ALABAMA 270,610,347 32,473,241
ALASKA 203,994,454 24,479,334
ARIZONA 196,433,083 23,571,969
ARKANSAS 175,359,042 21,043,085
CALIFORNIA 1,406,488,777 168,778,653
COLORADO 199,341,910 23,921,029
CONNECTICUT 353,689,451 42,442,734
DELAWARE 77,484,462 9,298,135
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 78,919,826 9,470,379
FLORIDA 598,880,473 71,865,656
GEORGIA 403,493,318 48,419,198
HAWAII 121,729,187 14,607,502
IDAHO 105,691,193 12,682,943
ILLINOIS 660,503,304 79,260,396
INDIANA 341,553,677 40,986,441
IOWA 197,960,128 23,755,215
KANSAS 205,052,435 24,606,292
KENTUCKY 225,744,638 27,089,356
LOUISIANA 235,698,506 28,283,820
MAINE 91,558,475 10,987,017
MARYLAND 265,587,118 31,870,454
MASSACHUSETTS 690,633,556 82,876,026
MICHIGAN 467,061,092 56,047,331
MINNESOTA 252,288,943 30,274,673
MISSISSIPPI 183,480,666 22,017,679
MISSOURI 356,657,256 42,798,870
MONTANA 154,849,187 18,581,902
NEBRASKA 139,083,765 16,690,051
NEVADA 104,575,401 12,549,048
NEW HAMPSHIRE 85,554,109 10,266,493
NEW JERSEY 478,928,621 57,471,434
NEW MEXICO 169,081,661 20,289,799
NEW YORK 1,044,889,784 125,386,774
NORTH CAROLINA 399,218,385 47,906,206
NORTH DAKOTA 102,063,691 12,247,642
OHIO 594,507,957 71,340,954
OKLAHOMA 227,795,374 27,335,444
OREGON 202,782,143 24,333,857
PENNSYLVANIA 660,889,230 79,306,707
RHODE ISLAND 85,850,388 10,302,046
SOUTH CAROLINA 211,129,239 25,335,508
SOUTH DAKOTA 111,379,531 13,365,543
TENNESSEE 325,653,806 39,078,456
TEXAS 984,970,128 118,196,415
UTAH 125,684,099 15,082,091
VERMONT 78,510,452 9,421,254
VIRGINIA 341,431,525 40,971,783
WASHINGTON 324,149,574 38,897,948
WEST VIRGINIA 158,809,884 19,057,186
WISCONSIN 291,759,938 35,011,192
WYOMING 111,281,042 13,353,725
PUERTO RICO 76,121,741 9,134,608
SUBTOTAL 15,956,845,972 1,914,821,494
ADMINISTRATION 529,843,000  
FEDERAL LANDS 416,000,000  
RESERVE 647,311,028  
TOTAL 17,550,000,000  

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL 1ST QUARTER LIMITATION
FOR FISCAL YEAR 1996

STATE LIMITATION ON EXEMPT PROGRAMS
ALABAMA 4,137,375
ALASKA 0
ARIZONA 3,662,477
ARKANSAS 10,261,312
CALIFORNIA 35,218,946
COLORADO 28,162
CONNECTICUT 1,157,289
DELAWARE 0
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1,372,012
FLORIDA 15,373,778
GEORGIA 9,567,053
HAWAII 1,082,790
IDAHO 1,875,059
ILLINOIS 8,332,449
INDIANA 4,885,413
IOWA 2,401,703
KANSAS 2,307,750
KENTUCKY 5,107,914
LOUISIANA 4,987,709
MAINE 2,267,013
MARYLAND 2,803,139
MASSACHUSETTS 698,345
MICHIGAN 7,280,617
MINNESOTA 6,113,691
MISSISSIPPI 986,624
MISSOURI 3,883,648
MONTANA 889,674
NEBRASKA 407,350
NEVADA 815,797
NEW HAMPSHIRE 1,091,045
NEW JERSEY 9,513,429
NEW MEXICO 520,098
NEW YORK 10,314,917
NORTH CAROLINA 7,821,807
NORTH DAKOTA 733,781
OHIO 14,495,028
OKLAHOMA 2,313,840
OREGON 2,838,967
PENNSYLVANIA 35,187,280
RHODE ISLAND 1,746,799
SOUTH CAROLINA 1,395,066
SOUTH DAKOTA 1,132,198
TENNESSEE 3,827,240
TEXAS 12,468,304
UTAH 1,430,901
VERMONT 863,095
VIRGINIA 10,503,324
WASHINGTON 1,075,065
WEST VIRGINIA 16,527,293
WISCONSIN 2,726,172
WYOMING 193,971
PUERTO RICO 36,354
AMERICAN SAMOA 68,014
VIRGIN ISLANDS 702,763
TOTAL 277,431,840

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Funds Subject to Federal-Aid Highway Program
Obligation Limitation for FY 1996

Restoration Funds Talmadge Bridge
Interstate Gap Closing Franconia Notch
Interstate 4R Bypass Highway Demonstration
Interstate Discretionary - Construction Urgent Supplemental Bridges
Interstate 4R - Maryland Interstate Transfers - Apportioned and Discretionary
Interstate Maintenance Los Angeles Freight Transportation Demo, CA-131(a)
Interstate Discretionary - 4R Buhne Point Shoreline Erosion Demo. CA-131-(c)
Interstate Discretionary - 4R - NHS E. Baton Rouge Interchange Congestion Demo, LA-131(d)
Reimbursement for InterstatE Louisville Primary Connector Accel. Demo, KY-131(e)
Rail-Highway Crossing on Any Public Road Vermont Certification Demo - 131(f)
Hazard Elimination Devils Lake - Erosion Demo. ND-131(g)
Consolidated Primary Bridge Over Intercoastal Waterway Demo, FL-131(h)
National Highway System Idaho Truck Safety/Railroad Elimin. Demo - 131(i)
Surface Transportation Program Acosta Bridge - Florida
Apportionment Adjustment Studies
Rural Secondary Section 159 Rail-Hwy Crossing
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Section 164 Hwy Electrification Systems
Urban System--Attributable Section 165 Highway Upgrading
Urban System--Not Attributable Section 167 California Feasibility Study
Urban System--PR Demos - Section 149(d)
Donor State BonuS University Trasnportaion Centers (ISTEA section 6023)
Highway Planning and Research University Research Institute (ISTEA section 6024)
Metropolitan Planning IVHS (ISTEA section 6058)
Public Lands - FY 1983 and subsequent Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets (ISTEA section 1031)
Indian Reservation Roads Alcohol Impaired - Countermeasures (ISTEA section 2004)
Parkways and Park Roads Highway Use Tax Evasion Project (ISTEA section 1040)
Forest Highway - Allocated Scenic and Interim Scenic Byways Programs (ISTEA section 1047)
Special Urban High Density Ferry Boat Construction (ISTEA section 1064)
Special Bridge Replacement Applied Research and Technology Program: Seismic Research Program (ISTEA section 6005)
Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation - Apportionment  
Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation - Discretionary  
Timber Bridges - Discretionary  

Funds Exempt From FY 1996 Obligation Limitation

Emergency Relief (23USC125) Howard Transportation Information Center (ISTEA section 6023)
Minimum Allocation (23USC157) National Center for Advance Transportation Tech. (ISTEA section 6023)
Acceleration of Bridges (Section 147 Federal-Aid Highway Act 1978) National Defense Highways Outside U.S.
Woodrow Wilson Bridge (Section 9 Federal-Aid Highway Act 1981) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (ISTEA section 6006)
State of the Art Technology/Gap Research & Technology (SHRP/SPR) (ISTEA section 6001)
Closing Demo, PA (1982 STAA section 131(b))  
Usable Segments Demo, IL (1982 STAA section 131(j))  
Alaska Highway  
Primary  
Interstate  
Hazard Elimination  
Bridge Replacement - 20% Off-system  
Bridge Replacement - 65% On-system  
Rural Secondary  
Demos (1987 STURA Section 149(b))  
Demos (1987 STURA Section 149(c))  
High Cost Bridge Projects (ISTEA section 1103)  
Congestion Relief Projects (ISTEA section 1104)  
High Priority Corridors (ISTEA section 1105)  
High Priority Corridors Feasibility Study (ISTEA section 1105h)  
Highway Priority Corridor Studies (ISTEA section 1105h)  
Uniform Traffic Control Devices (ISTEA section 1061)  
Rural Access Projects (ISTEA section 1106a)  
Urban Access Projects (ISTEA section 1106b)  
Innovative Projects (ISTEA section 1107)  
Priority Intermodal Projects (ISTEA section 1108)  
Infrastructure Documentary (ISTEA section 1109)  
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000