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Federal Highway Administration

NOTICE

FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAM OBLIGATIONS
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998

N 4520.148
October 28, 1997


  1. PURPOSE. To advise of the limitation on Federal-aid highway program obligations for the first quarter of FY 1998 and the distribution of this limitation among the States. This distribution is subject to revision upon the enactment of Federal-aid highway reauthorization legislation.

  2. LIMITATION - LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS. The Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 1998 (Public Law 105-66) provides for the limitation of obligations as follows:

    1. Obligations for Federal-aid highways are limited to $21,500,000,000 for FY 1998.

    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 provisions of section 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 (Public Law 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 (c) of section 149 of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987.

    3. The final distribution of FY 1998 obligation limitation shall ensure that each State is guaranteed sufficient authority to prevent lapse of sums authorized to be appropriated for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction programs which have been apportioned or allocated to a State.

    4. Amounts authorized for administration, the Federal Lands Highway Program, the Intelligent Transportation Systems, Truman-Hobbs bridges funded under the discretionary bridge program and amounts 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. Once a final distribution of FY 1998 obligation limitation has been made, after August 1, 1998, the Secretary will revise the distribution of obligation limitation made available if a State does not plan to obligate the amount distributed during FY 1998 and redistribute such amounts to those States able to obligate amounts in addition to those previously distributed during FY 1998. The redistribution will give priority to States having large unobligated balances of funds apportioned under section 103(e)(4), 104, 144 and 160 of title 23, United States Code, and under sections 1013 (c) and of Public Law 102-240.

    6. Any authority reserved for Federal Lands and Headquarters controlled programs which will not be obligated by September 30, 1998, will be withdrawn and made available for the August Redistribution.

  3. CONTRACT AUTHORITY APPORTIONMENTS. FY 1998 contract authority apportionments will not be made until reauthorization legislation is enacted into law. Therefore, FY 1997 apportionments were used as a baseline for making an interim State-by-State distribution of the first quarter FY 1998 obligation limitation.

  4. OBLIGATIONS DURING THE FIRST QUARTER (OCTOBER 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1997

    1. During the period October 1 through December 31, 1997, no State shall obligate more than 25 per centum of the amount distributed to such State and the total of all State obligations shall not exceed 12 per centum of the total amount distributed to all States. The State-by- State distribution of the interim projected FY 1998 obligation limitation and the interim first-quarter obligation limitation are shown on Attachment 1. As noted previously, the final State-by-State distribution of the FY 1998 obligation limitation cannot be determined until new reauthorization legislation is enacted into law. Obligation of funds shown in Attachment 3 are chargeable to the FY 1998 obligation limitation. Also shown are funds exempt from the obligation limitation.

    2. During the period October 1 through December 31, 1997, the aggregate amount of obligations under section 157 of title 23, United States Code, for projects covered under 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, 6023(b)(8), and 6023(b)(10) of Public Law 102- 240, and for projects authorized by Public Law 99-500 and Public Law 100-17, shall not exceed $277,431,840. The distribution to the States has been made based on the September 30, 1997, unobligated balances of the affected programs. The amount for each State is shown on Attachment 2. The appropriation codes subject to this special first quarter limitation are shown on Attachment 4.

  5. 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. Obligation authority will be distributed with each allocation of funds during FY 1998 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, 1997. Such allocations increase the total annual limitation to each State for FY 1998.

  6. FEDERAL LANDS PROGRAM. The obligation 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.

  7. TERRITORIAL HIGHWAY PROGRAM. Obligation authority for the Territorial Highway Program has been reserved from distribution. Distribution of the reserved authority will be made by the Associate Administrator for Program Development.

  8. ACTION

    1. Division Administrators should ensure that copies of this Notice are furnished to State Departments of Transportation.

    2. By December 8, 1997, 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 10, each Regional Administrator shall advise Washington Headquarters, HFS-10, 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 1998 distribution of obligation limitation to each State.

    3. By December 8, 1997, 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 10, each Regional Administrator shall advise Washington Headquarters, HFS-10, 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.

Original signed by,

Gloria J. Jeff
Acting Federal Highway Administrator

4 Attachments


ATTACHMENT 1
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
DISTRIBUTION OF INTERIM OBLIGATION
LIMITATION FOR FY 1998 BASED ON THE
FY 1998 DOT APPROPRIATIONS BILL
 
STATES AMOUNT 12 PERCENT
ALABAMA 390,343,604 46,841,232
ALASKA 227,706,206 27,324,744
ARIZONA 281,702,167 33,804,260
ARKANSAS 241,042,207 28,925,064
CALIFORNIA 1,774,987,494 212,998,499
COLORADO 225,922,081 27,110,649
CONNECTICUT 401,275,801 48,153,096
DELAWARE 87,946,199 10,553,543
DIST. OF COL. 91,877,629 11,025,315
FLORIDA 856,662,603 102,799,512
GEORGIA 611,303,983 73,356,477
HAWAII 138,375,752 16,605,090
IDAHO 123,203,892 14,784,467
ILLINOIS 748,338,869 89,800,664
INDIANA 463,774,494 55,652,939
IOWA 224,294,636 26,915,356
KANSAS 232,576,306 27,909,156
KENTUCKY 338,106,368 40,572,764
LOUISIANA 307,982,128 36,957,855
MAINE 103,576,958 12,429,234
MARYLAND 301,643,379 36,197,205
MASSACHUSETTS 771,433,557 92,572,026
MICHIGAN 601,408,864 72,169,063
MINNESOTA 274,818,675 32,978,241
MISSISSIPPI 238,371,052 28,604,526
MISSOURI 463,709,998 55,645,199
MONTANA 166,893,135 20,027,176
NEBRASKA 157,800,920 18,936,110
NEVADA 118,440,191 14,212,822
NEW HAMPSHIRE 97,044,585 11,645,350
NEW JERSEY 542,477,214 65,097,265
NEW MEXICO 188,026,704 22,563,204
NEW YORK 1,184,921,765 142,190,611
NORTH CAROLINA 525,085,419 63,010,250
NORTH DAKOTA 115,657,240 13,878,868
OHIO 721,598,691 86,591,842
OKLAHOMA 305,261,232 36,631,347
OREGON 237,737,257 28,528,470
PENNSYLVANIA 800,690,792 96,082,895
RHODE ISLAND 90,889,401 10,906,728
SOUTH CAROLINA 309,601,149 37,152,137
SOUTH DAKOTA 126,238,139 15,148,576
TENNESSEE 444,490,209 53,338,825
TEXAS 1,383,721,855 166,046,622
UTAH 142,554,259 17,106,511
VERMONT 89,069,193 10,688,303
VIRGINIA 457,484,781 54,898,173
WASHINGTON 364,264,019 43,711,682
WEST VIRGINIA 179,708,002 21,564,960
WISCONSIN 396,593,245 47,591,189
WYOMING 126,198,319 15,143,798
PUERTO RICO 86,417,523 10,370,102
 
SUBTOTAL 19,881,250,141 2,385,749,992
 
ADMINISTRATION 551,192,074
FEDERAL LANDS 440,000,000
ALLOCATION RESERVE 627,557,785
 
TOTAL 21,500,000,000

ATTACHMENNT 2
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL
1ST QUARTER LIMITATION
FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998
STATE SPECIAL
LIMITATION ON
EXEMPT PROGRAMS
ALABAMA 5,373,156
ALASKA 0
ARIZONA 3,789,482
ARKANSAS 6,145,009
CALIFORNIA 27,988,872
COLORADO 0
CONNECTICUT 227,810
DELAWARE 0
DIST. OF COL. 2,186,098
FLORIDA 8,350,074
GEORGIA 18,846,171
HAWAII 1,569,680
IDAHO 3,120,426
ILLINOIS 2,992,563
INDIANA 2,090,395
IOWA 2,047,522
KANSAS 1,796,385
KENTUCKY 2,978,191
LOUISIANA 7,431,519
MAINE 826,685
MARYLAND 842,291
MASSACHUSETTS 806,554
MICHIGAN 6,649,079
MINNESOTA 6,959,382
MISSISSIPPI 1,331,357
MISSOURI 1,797,800
MONTANA 0
NEBRASKA 688,486
NEVADA 51
NEW HAMPSHIRE 570,305
NEW JERSEY 8,846,494
NEW MEXICO 568,567
NEW YORK 5,395,329
NORTH CAROLINA 4,932,315
NORTH DAKOTA 840,931
OHIO 14,313,698
OKLAHOMA 1,477,267
OREGON 639,353
PENNSYLVANIA 52,872,247
RHODE ISLAND 2,066,247
SOUTH CAROLINA 2,161,252
SOUTH DAKOTA 987,707
TENNESSEE 2,757,490
TEXAS 16,274,732
UTAH 598,621
VERMONT 1,585,623
VIRGINIA 12,244,344
WASHINGTON 73,385
WEST VIRGINIA 28,147,013
WISCONSIN 1,720,405
WYOMING 8,583
PUERTO RICO 58,084
VIRGIN ISLANDS 1,456,810
TOTAL 277,431,840

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
   
Funds Subject to Federal-Aid Highway Program
Obligation Limitation for FY 1997
   
   
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 Acosta Bridge - Florida
Interstate Discretionary - 4R Demos - Section 149(d)
Interstate Discretionary - 4R - NHS Universuty Trasnportaion Centers (ISTEA section 6023)
Reimbursement for Interstate University Research Institute (ISTEA section 6024)
Rail-Highway Crossing on Any Public Road IVHS (ISTEA section 6058)
Hazard Elimination Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets (ISTEA section 1031)
Consolidated Primary Alcohol Impaired - Countermeasures (ISTEA section 2004)
National Highway System Highway Use Tax Evasion Project (ISTEA section 1040)
Surface Transportation Program Scenic and Interim Scenic Byways Programs (ISTEA section 1047)
Apportionment Adjustment Ferry Boat Construction (ISTEA section 1064)
Rural Secondary Applied Research and Technology Program: Seismic Research Program
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (ISTEA section 6005)
Urban System--Attributable  
Urban System--Not Attributable  
Urban System--PR  
Donor State Bonus  
Highway Planning and Research  
Metropolitan Planning  
Public Lands - FY 1983 and subsequent  
Indian Reservation Roads  
Parkways and Park Roads  
Forest Highway - Allocated  
Special Urban High Density  
Special Bridge Replacement  
Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation - Apportionment  
Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation - Discretionary  
Timber Bridges - Discretionary  
   
   
   
Funds Exempt From FY 1997 Obligation Limitation
   
Emergency Relief (23USC125)  
Minimum Allocation (23USC157)  
Acceleration of Bridges (Section 147 Federal-Aid Highway Act 1978)  
Woodrow Wilson Bridge (Section 9 Federal-Aid Highway Act 1981)  
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)  
National Defense Highways Outside U.S.  

ATTACHMENT 4

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

FUNDS SUBJECT TO SPECIAL 1ST QUARTER LIMITATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 1998

"MINIMUM ALLOCATION - 160, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D, 34E, 34F"
ACCELERATION OF BRIDGE PROJECTS - 116
WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE - 128
GAP CLOSING DEMO - 228
USABLE SEGMENTS DEMO - 229
UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES - 376
HIGH COST BRIDGE PROJECTS - 360
CONGESTION RELIEF PROJECTS - 361
HIGH PRIORITY CORRIDORS - 362
HIGH PRIORITY CORRIDORS FEASIBILITY STUDIES - 363
RURAL ACCESS PROJECTS - 365
URBAN ACCESS PROJECTS - 366
INNOVATIVE PROJECTS - 367
PRIORITY INTERMODAL PROJECTS - 368
INFRASTRUCTURE TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION CENTER - 377
INTER. TRUCK REGIS. UNIFORM - WKG. GRP. - 337
INTER. TRUCK REGIS. UNIFORM - GRANTS - 338
HOWARD TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION CENTER - 378
NATIONAL CENTER ADV. TRANSPORTATION TECH. - 379
DEMOS. AND PRIORITY PROJECTS - 307
DEMOS. AND PRIORITY PROJECTS - 308


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