One tool that States are using to help save time and money on locally administered Federal-aid
projects is stakeholder partnering.
Highway and Highway Revenue Act of 1956 (70 Stat 374 and 70 Stat 387) was the first act that authorized separate funds for the ER program (the program is codified 23 U.
that involves work on a Federal-Aid
project in excess of $2,000.
Looking back 100 years to the creation of the Federal-aid
highway program in 1916 and 60 years ago to the launch of the interstate construction program in 1956, it is easy to forget that these landmark laws that shaped the agency, its legacy, and the United States were not foregone conclusions.
By deciding that they would use a proven training resource produced by FHWA to augment their course content: Federal-aid
Essentials for Local Public Agencies.
Covenants by the board and ADOT provide additional protection and include: commitments to obligate funds for debt service as soon as practicable after the beginning of the federal fiscal year; not obligating funds for any other purpose until funds for debt service have been obligated; and, conversion of another advance construction project to a regular federal-aid
project to provide sufficient obligation authority for debt service on the notes (in the unlikely event that no new obligation authority is available due to a delayed budget or multi-year reauthorization bill).
In addition, States could use highway right-of-way for publicly owned mass transit facilities, including rail lines, without repaying Federal-aid
funds used to acquire the property.
Although some of the larger local public agencies are frequent recipients of Federal-aid
highway funds and understand what is required of them, many smaller ones have less experience with the program.
For example, the federal-aid
highway program creates the opportunity for substitution because states typically spend substantially more than the amount required to meet federal matching requirements--usually 20 percent.
They are broadly defined in the master indenture as funds derived from federal-aid
authorization under the national highway system, bridges, surface transportation, congestion mitigation and air quality, and minimum guarantee programs.
These agencies build and maintain this network using a variety of funding sources, including dollars provided through the Federal-Aid
GAO agreed to (1) identify local jurisdictions that are using photo enforcement devices--red-light cameras or photo radar--on federal-aid
highways; (2) identify local jurisdictions that have received federal funding for photo enforcement; and (3) determine, for those jurisdictions that have received federal funding, how much revenue their photo enforcement programs have generated and the amount of that revenue received by private contractors.