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Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)

Fact Sheets on Highway Provisions


Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Authorization $470 M $470 M $470 M $470 M $470 M

Program Purpose

The Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) Program continues funding for the construction of the Appalachian corridor highways in 13 States to promote economic development and to establish a State-Federal framework to meet the needs of the region.

Statutory References

SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1101(a)(7), 1116

Other: 40 USC 14501


Funded by contract authority, to remain available until expended. [1116]

Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation, and will receive no-year obligation authority prorated on the same basis as for other Federal-aid programs. [1102(c)(4) & (g)]

Funds will be apportioned among the 13 eligible States based on the latest available cost to complete estimate prepared by the Appalachian Regional Commission. [1116]

Eligible Use of Funds

Funds shall be available to construct highways and local access roads under section 14501 of title 40, United States Code.

Program Features

The Secretary of Transportation retains full oversight responsibilities for the design and construction of all Appalachian Development System Highways. [1904]

Federal Share

The Federal share remains at 80 percent. Toll credits may not be used for the non-Federal share. [40 USC 14501, 1116(c)]

Feasibility Study

From funds authorized for Surface Transportation Research under section 5101(a)(1) of SAFETEA‑LU, the Secretary of Transportation will make a grant to the Appalachian Regional Commission to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a system of inland ports and distribution centers in Appalachia. [5513(d)]

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