Delta Region Transportation Development Program
DRTPD FY 2007 Attachment 1
Delta Region Transportation Development Program (DRTDP)
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To support and encourage multistate transportation planning and corridor development, provide for transportation project development, facilitate transportation decision making and support transportation construction in the 240 counties and parishes within the eight states comprising the Delta Regional Authority's region (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee).
For a complete list of the counties and parishes eligible for this funding, please see www.dra.gov .
SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1308
- SEC. 1308. DELTA REGION TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
- (a) In General- The Secretary shall carry out a program in the 8 States comprising the Delta Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) to--
- (1) support and encourage multistate transportation planning and corridor development;
- (2) provide for transportation project development;
- (3) facilitate transportation decision making; and
- (4) support transportation construction.
- (b) Eligible Recipients- A State transportation department or metropolitan planning organization in a Delta Region State may receive and administer funds provided under the program.
- (c) Eligible Activities- The Secretary shall make allocations under the program for multistate highway planning, development, and construction projects.
- (d) Other Provisions Regarding Eligibility- All activities funded under this program shall be consistent with the continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning processes required by sections 134 and 135 of title 23, United States Code.
- (e) Selection Criteria- The Secretary shall select projects to be carried out under the program based on--
- (1) whether the project is located--
- (A) in an area under the authority of the Delta Regional Authority; and
- (B) on a Federal-aid highway;
- (2) endorsement of the project by the State department of transportation; and
- (3) evidence of the ability of the recipient of funds provided under the program to complete the project.
- (f) Program Priorities- In administering the program, the Secretary shall--
- (1) encourage State and local officials to work together to develop plans for multimodal and multijurisdictional transportation decision making; and
- (2) give priority to projects that emphasize multimodal planning, including planning for operational improvements that--
- (A) increase the mobility of people and goods;
- (B) improve the safety of the transportation system with respect to catastrophic natural disasters or disasters caused by human activity; and
- (C) contribute to the economic vitality of the area in which the project is being carried out.
- (g) Federal Share- Amounts provided by the Delta Regional Authority to carry out a project under this subsection may be applied to the non-Federal share of the project required by section 120 of title 23, United States Code.
- (h) Funding-
- (1) IN GENERAL- There is authorized to be appropriated from the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2009.
- (2) CONTRACT AUTHORITY- Funds made available to carry out this section shall be available for obligation in the same manner as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code; except that such funds shall not be transferable and shall remain available until expended.
Funded by contract authority to remain available until expended. Contract authority is not subject to transfer and is subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation which reduce the authorizations listed in the table above.
Eligible Use of Funds
See Statutory Reference*
* Regarding eligibility, the law states that eligible activities are for "...multistate highway planning, development, and construction projects." The FHWA interprets this phrase to include projects on highways that traverse more than one State and carry interstate commerce or which have been identified by the DRA as highways of regional significance, i.e., on or expected to be on the Delta Development Highway System, (DDHS). You can obtain additional information about the DDHS from the DRA (see attachment) or at http://www.dra.gov/programs/transportation/.
The Federal share is 80 percent, subject to the sliding scale adjustment. DRTDP funds may be used as the non-Federal share of the costs of projects funded under 23 USC.
Only State transportation departments may submit applications for DRTDP funding. The application for each project must include the following information (17 items) so that a proper evaluation may be made of all candidate projects. Those applications that do not include these items are incomplete and may not be considered in the evaluation and selection process. The application for each project must be submitted electronically in MS Word format.
- State in which the project is located.
- State Priority – Rank application in priority order; i.e. Number 1 priority of 3 applications submitted. Each State is limited to a maximum of three applications.
- County in which the project is located.
- U.S. Congressional District No.(s) in which the project is located. This is the U.S. Congressional District not the State legislature district.
- U.S. Congressional District Member's Name(s). This is the U.S. Congressional District representative, not the State legislature representative.
- Project Title - This should be a very short project description that readily identifies the project.
- Project Location - Describe the specific location of the project, including route number and termini, if applicable. Also include the appropriate local jurisdiction(s) in which the project is located.
- Proposed Work - Describe the project work or phase that is to be completed under this particular request, and whether this is a complete project or part of a larger project.
- Safety - Describe the safety benefits associated with the project including whether the project: will result in a measurable reduction in the loss of property, injury, or life; incorporates innovative safety design or operational techniques, including variable pricing for congestion reduction, electronic tolling, barrier systems, and intersection-related enhancements; incorporates innovative construction work zone strategies to improve safety; is located on a rural road that is in need of priority attention based on analysis of safety experience; and/or is located in an urban area of high injury or fatality, and is an initiative to improve the design, operation or other aspect of the existing facility that will result in a measurable safety improvement. (refer to Federal Register Notice of Funds Availability of March 22, 2007, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2007-03-22/pdf/E7-5161.pdf).
- Congestion reduction - Describe how the project: relieves congestion in an urban area or along a major transportation corridor; employs operational and technological improvements that promote safety and congestion relief; and/or addresses major freight bottlenecks. (refer to Federal Register Notice of Funds Availability of March 22, 2007, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2007-03-22/pdf/E7-5161.pdf).
- DRA / State Strategic Goals - Explain how the project advances any strategic goals of the DRA, its participating member states, and the State Transportation Agencies.
- Economic Development - Discuss the various economic development benefits of the proposed project. This should include economic development needs of the area, and how those needs will be addressed by implementation of the proposed project.
- Planning and Coordination - Indicate whether the proposed project is currently included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), including the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the metropolitan area (if applicable). Describe the coordination with and input from the State and metropolitan planning agencies involved.
- Amount of Federal DRTDP funds requested - Indicate the amount of Federal DRTDP funds being requested for the fiscal year.
- Commitment of Other Funds - Indicate the amount(s) and source(s) of any private or other public funding being provided as part of this project. Only indicate those amounts of funding that are firm and documented commitments. Only specific amounts with the source identified will be considered in the evaluation process.
- Project Schedule - The anticipated project schedule (assuming the requested funding is provided) is required. The schedule should show when the requested funding would be obligated, as well as anticipated start and completion dates of the proposed work or phase of work for which the funds are being requested.
- Coordination with the DRA and its participating member states—Describe the coordination with and input from the DRA and its participating member states.
State Transportation Agency Responsibilities
- Coordinate with State and local agencies, as well as the DRA, to develop viable candidate projects.
- Ensure that the applications are completed for candidate projects in accordance with the submission requirements outlined above.
- Establish priorities if submitting more than one project.
- Submit the applications electronically to the local FHWA division office on time so that the submission deadline can be met.
FHWA Division Office Responsibilities
- Review all candidate applications submitted by the State prior to sending them to FHWA Headquarters to ensure that they are complete and meet the submission requirements.
- Verify that the State transportation department appropriately notified MPOs regarding the program.
- Submit the candidate applications electronically to FHWA Headquarters Office of Interstate and Border Planning as outlined in the solicitation memorandum. Include the following with the transmitting Email message:
- Statement from the division office that the State's submittal has been reviewed by the division office and that it meets the submission requirements.
- State transportation department submission email or letter to the FHWA division office. (This will document that all applications were submitted by the State transportation department.)
- Each MS Word application as a separate attachment.
FHWA Office of Interstate and Border Planning Responsibilities
- Solicit candidates from the States through solicitation memorandum.
- Upon receipt of applications, provide copies to DRA for their review.
- Review candidate project submissions in consultation with DRA, and compile program and project information for preparation of allocation plan.
- Submit allocation plan to the Office of the Federal Highway Administrator for use in making final project selections.
- Allocate funds for the selected projects.
FHWA Headquarters Program Office Contact
Federal Highway Administration
Phone: (202) 366-2048
Fax: (202) 366-3713
Bill Triplett, Sr. Advisor to the Federal Co-Chairman
Office of the Federal Co-chairman – Delta Regional Authority