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FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROGRAM OBLIGATIONS FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2002black line
Classification Code Date Office of Primary Interest
N 4520.165 December 19, 2001 HABF-10

  1. What is the purpose of this Notice? This notice is to advise of the limitation on Federal-aid highway program obligations for fiscal year 2002 and the distribution among the States.


  2. What are the legislative provisions?


    1. The Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002 and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), as amended, provide the limitation on obligations.


    2. The total obligations for Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs shall not exceed $31,799,104,000 for fiscal year 2002.


    3. The limitation under subsection (b) shall not apply to obligations under:




  3. What are the Allocated Accounts?


    1. Amounts authorized for administrative expenses and programs funded from the administrative takedown authorized by section 104(a) of title 23, U.S.C., as amended and section 336 of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002 and the amount authorized for the highway use tax evasion program, for amounts provided under section 110 of title 23, U.S.C., and for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, are subject to the limitation on obligations.


    2. Unobligated balances of funds from the previous fiscal year that are allocated by the Secretary are subject to the limitation on obligations but are excluded from the State-by-State distribution.


    3. Pursuant to provisions in the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002, the obligation of funds authorized for Intelligent Transportation Systems for fiscal year 2002 shall not exceed $225,000,000, and the obligation of funds authorized for Transportation Research programs for fiscal year 2002 shall not exceed $191,500,000 within the overall obligation limitation of $31,779,104,000. Amounts remaining available for obligation which were authorized for such programs in fiscal year 2001 shall be in addition to the overall obligation limitation for fiscal year 2002.


    4. Amounts that are allocated will be covered by an equal amount of obligation limitation, which will be distributed with the allocation of the funds.


  4. What is the Redistribution of Certain Authorized Funds?


    1. Pursuant to section 1102(f) of TEA-21 and section 310(e) of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002, the Secretary shall distribute to the States any funds authorized to be appropriated for such fiscal year for Federal-aid highway programs that the Secretary determines will not be allocated to the States, and will not be available for obligation, due to the imposition of any obligation limitation for fiscal year 2002.


    2. Such distribution to the States shall be accomplished within 30 days of the date of this Notice. The funds so distributed shall be available for any purpose described in section 133(b) of title 23, U.S.C.


    3. Headquarters' program offices will be notified by the Office of Budget and Finance of the reduction in contract authority for programs they administer due to the imposition of the obligation limitation for fiscal year 2002.


  5. What is the Distribution of Obligation Limitation to the States?


    1. Table 1 shows the amount of formula obligation limitation distributed to each State for fiscal year 2002. Each State receives a proportional amount of obligation limitation available to be distributed to the States based on the ratio of each State's total apportionments, subject to the limitation on obligations, bears to the total of such apportionments to all States.


    2. The Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002 provides the Revenue Aligned Budget Authority (RABA) funds authorized under section 110 of title 23, U.S.C., for fiscal year 2002. These funds shall be apportioned to each State under section 110 of title 23, U.S.C., for fiscal year 2002, except that before such apportionments are made, $35,565,651 shall be set aside for Indian Reservation Roads Program; $31,815,091 shall be set aside for Public Lands Highways; $21,339,391 shall be set aside for Park Roads and Parkways; $2,586,593 shall be set aside for Refuge Roads, under section 204 of title 23, U.S.C.; $25,579,000 shall be set aside for Ferry Boats and Terminal Facilities, under section 129(c) of title 23, U.S.C., and section 1064 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991; $352,256,000 shall be set aside for National Corridor Planning and Development and Coordinated Border Infrastructure Programs, under sections 1118 and 1119 of TEA-21, as amended; $3,348,128 shall be set aside for National Scenic Byways, under section 1101(a)(11) of TEA-21, as amended and section 162 of title 23, U.S.C.; $76,025,000 shall be set aside for Interstate Maintenance Discretionary, under section 118(c) of title 23, U.S.C.; $62,450,000 shall be set aside for Bridge Discretionary, under section 144(g) of title 23, U.S.C.; $251,092,600 shall be set aside for Transportation and Community and System Preservation and Pilot Program, under 1221 of TEA-21, as amended; $10,000,000 shall be set aside for Long-Term Performance Pavement Program, under section 502(e) of title 23, U.S.C.; $56,300,000 shall be set aside for Border Infrastructure Improvements, and $45,122,600 shall be set aside for allocation by the Secretary for Public Lands Highways. This distribution of contract authority and associated obligation limitation will be provided in a separate FHWA Notice.


    3. After August 1, 2002, the Secretary will revise the distribution of limitation made available if a State does not plan to obligate the amount distributed during fiscal year 2002 and redistribute such amount to those States able to obligate amounts, in addition to those previously distributed during fiscal year 2002. The redistribution will give priority to those States having large unobligated balances of funds apportioned under title 23, U.S.C., sections 104 and 144; section 160 of title 23 (as in effect on the day before enactment of TEA-21); and section 1015 of ISTEA.


  6. What are the Special Limitations?


    1. Section 1102(c)(4) of TEA-21 and section 310(a)(4) of the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002, provides for an obligation limitation within the overall obligation ceiling of $31,799,104,000 for the funds authorized under the following:


      1. Section 117 of title 23, U.S.C., (relating to high priority projects program);


      2. Section 201 of the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965;


      3. the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Authority Act of 1995; and


      4. $2,000,000,000 for section 105 of title 23, U.S.C., (relating to minimum guarantee).


    2. This special limitation associated with the programs listed above shall remain available until used for the obligation of funds for which distributed and shall be in addition to any amount of any limitation imposed for future fiscal years.


    3. The State-by-State distribution of the special limitation associated with minimum guarantee and the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 for fiscal year 2002 is also shown on the table 1. The special limitation associated with High Priority Projects, and the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Authority Act of 1995, will be distributed at the time funds are allocated to the States.


  7. Are there any transfer/reservation provisions? Yes, limitation will be transferred to the States' 402 Safety Program for those States which failed to meet the provisions of title 23, U.S.C., section 154, Open Container Requirements; and title 23, U.S.C., section 164, Minimum Penalties for Repeat Offenders for fiscal year 2002. The amount of transfers and associated obligation limitation is shown on table 2. An amount is reserved from the State of New Hampshire which failed to meet the provisions of title 23, U.S.C., section 153, Use of Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets.


  8. What action is required? Division Administrators should ensure that copies of this Notice are provided to State departments of transportation.

 

  Signature: Mary E. Peters
Federal Highway Administrator

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