The Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP) was authorized under Section 1216(b) of TEA-21 to permit up to three existing Interstate facilities to be tolled to fund needed reconstruction or rehabilitation on Interstate corridors that could not otherwise be adequately maintained or functionally improved without the collection of tolls. Each of the three facilities must be in different states. There is no special funding authorized for this program. In order to receive tolling authority under the program, project sponsors are required to have their program application approved by FHWA and to execute a tolling agreement.
The FAST Act Section 1411 (c) amended the ISRRPP authorized under Section 1216(b) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). First, the FAST Act adds the specific selection criterion that "a State has the authority required for the project to proceed." This acknowledges the key role that State legislative authority has in implementing the ISRRPP. Second, the FAST Act specifies timeframes under which States with provisional approvals must complete the program's requirements. Any State receiving a provisional approval will have three years from the date of the approval to fully satisfy the program criteria, complete environmental review under NEPA, and execute a toll agreement with the FHWA. Lastly, the FAST Act allows for a one-year extension of the three-year provisional approval if the State demonstrates material progress toward implementation of its pilot project. The FAST Act gave the States holding provisional approvals at the time the FAST Act was enacted one year to meet the program criteria or request an extension for an additional year. Missouri is the only state that currently holds a provisional approval that will expire no later than December 4, 2017 for the I-70 project.
For more information on the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program, please contact:
Cynthia L. Essenmacher
Tolling Program Manager
FHWA Center for Innovative Finance Support
315 W. Allegan, Room 201
Lansing, Michigan 48933