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This collection of information is required to obtain benefits authorized in Public Law 109-59, Section 1804 and will be used to award projects for the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Public reporting burden is estimated to average 3.5 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Information provided will be used only for project award assessment and for the purpose of administering the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. The information will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any purposes outside of the specified program.  Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  control number.  The OMB control number for this collection is 2125-0609.  This collection will expire on April 30, 2013.  Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program - Selection Criteria and Additional Information

Statutory References

SAFETEA-LU Section 1804

Program Summary

The NHCBP program provides: (1) grants to assist States in carrying out the rehabilitation, repair, and/or preservation of historic covered bridges, helping to keep these historic structures in a state of good repair; and (2) funds for research and education on and about historic covered bridges, providing improved means to restore and protect these structures. For the purposes of the program, the term "historic covered bridge" means "a covered bridge that is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register for Historic Places."


Funded by contract authority; funds are not transferable. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid highway obligation limitation. Funds are to be allocated by the Secretary of Transportation to States.

Federal Share

The Federal share payable shall be 80% or subject to the sliding scale rate under 23 U.S.C. § 120(b).

Eligible Use of Funds

Funds may be provided for a project:

Project Selection Criteria

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has not established regulatory criteria for the selection of NHCBP projects; however, FHWA will use the following in the evaluation of candidates for this program:

All applications that were submitted for the FY 2011 program which did not receive award grants will automatically be considered for the FY 2012 program unless directed otherwise by the submitting State. Though it is not necessary, all applicants may submit updated information on FY 2011 projects for further consideration by January 6, 2012.

Policy Considerations

Restoring economic health and creating jobs through improvements to transportation infrastructure are among the highest priorities of the FHWA.   In furtherance of these priorities, the FHWA will give priority consideration to projects and activities that create new jobs in the short-term and contribute to the economic competitiveness of the United States over the long-term.  Applicants are encouraged to explain how their project will contribute to increased employment and enhance economic competitiveness. 

In addition to a project's transportation and economic benefits, when allocating funds to carry out the FY 2012 discretionary programs, the FHWA will also give consideration to providing an equitable and geographic distribution of funds.

Submission Requirements

Applications and support documents for the FY 2012 NHCBP program are to be submitted to Division Offices on or before January 6, 2012.

There is no specific application form required. Applicants have the flexibility to present information in any arrangement which they deem appropriate. However, applications must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. The following information must be included to properly evaluate the candidate projects. Those applications that do not include these items are considered incomplete and will not be considered in the evaluation selection process.

Required Information:

Projects are to be carried out in a manner that follows the Department of Interior's Standards, and the standards and guidelines approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties may be obtained at the web site, http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/ and should be consulted for the distinct approaches to treatment of historic properties. Although the Standards were developed for historic buildings, the terms, guidelines, and suggested approaches are generally applicable to historic covered bridges. States should also consult the FHWA "Covered Bridge Manual," FHWA Publication No. FHWA-HRT-04-098 for additional information which may be obtained at the web site, http://www.tfhrc.gov/structur/pubs/04098/index.htm.

Announcement of Awards / Allocation of Funds

After the applications are received and projects are selected for funding, it is required that Congress be notified before the funds are allocated to the States. When this Congressional notification process is completed, the Office of Infrastructure will issue an announcement by email to all FHWA division offices, announcing the NHCBP projects that will be funded and the amount of funding for each project.

At that time, States may request that funds be allocated for any projects for which the funds are ready to be obligated. The State transportation agency shall send an email to the FHWA division office indicating the project, the amount requested for allocation, and the date by which the funds will be obligated. The Office of Infrastructure will issue the allocation memorandum within a few days of receiving the allocation request from the division office.

FHWA Points of Contact

Mr. Everett Matias
Office of Bridge Technology

Mr. Douglas Blades
Office of Bridge Technology

Mr. Thomas Everett
Office of Bridge Technology


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