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HIGHWAYS FOR LIFE PILOT PROGRAM
A new discretionary program that provides funding to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in the highway construction process that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction.
SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1101(a)(20), 1502
Funded by contract authority, to remain available for 4 years. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation.
To participate in the program, States are required to submit an application that includes a description of the proposed project(s). Priority will be given to projects that:
Eligible Use of Funds
A project is eligible if it:
For the period 2005 – 2009 at least 1 project in each State shall be approved for program participation, if possible. The maximum number of projects that may be approved in any 1 fiscal year is 15.
The amount allocated for a Highways for LIFE project may be up to 20% but not more than $5 million, of the total project cost. Such funds may be used as the non-Federal share of a project constructed under 23 USC.
A State may obligate up to 10 percent its apportionments for one or more of the Interstate Maintenance, National Highway System, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement or Surface Transportation programs for projects approved under the Highways for LIFE program.
The Secretary may make grants and enter into cooperative agreements to foster the development, improvement and creation of innovative technologies and facilities to improve safety, enhance the speed of construction, and improve highway quality and durability.
A Highways for LIFE technology transfer program will be conducted. The information and technology used, developed, or deployed through Highways for LIFE will be made available to the transportation community and the public.
A process will be established for stakeholder input and involvement in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Highways for LIFE Pilot Program.
The Secretary will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of any activity carried out by the program.
The Federal share for projects approved under this program may be up to 100 percent. Program funds may be applied to the non-Federal share of the cost of construction of a project under 23 USC.
The Federal share for Technology Partnerships may be up to 80 percent.