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National Highway System (NHS) Asset Management Program (Federal Funds) - Call for Projects – 2017

Updated Local Agency NHS Routes, MAP-21

OPEN - Application Due Date – May 26, 2017

WSDOT is announcing the availability of up to $75 million of National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) federal funding for improvements to roadways that are part of the NHS. These funds will be awarded during two calls for projects. The current call for projects has $30-40 million in available funding and is limited to local agencies with NHS roadways. The second call for projects is planned for 2018-2019, will award the remaining funds, and is open to all agencies with NHS roadways. Awarding the funds over two calls for projects will allow adjustments to selection criteria, if necessary, based on results from the first call for projects.

NHPP funds are required to support progress toward the achievement of performance targets established in a State’s asset management plan for the NHS. NHS roadways encompass both local and state owned NHS facilities, and Washington State has one of the highest percentages of locally owned NHS facilities. It is therefore imperative that both state and local agencies collaborate to manage the NHS; and this type of program will encourage collaboration and asset management principles across the NHS.

The objective of the program is to highlight the importance of preserving the roadway system by incentivizing agencies to use asset management strategies that provide cost-effective solutions to maximize the life expectancy of a roadway. To meet this objective the program will evaluate an agency’s use of pavement management strategies and an agency’s level of investment to preserve and maintain their roadway system, therefore, focusing on cost-effectiveness, emphasizing pavement rehabilitation over reconstruction.

Eligible Applicants

All local agencies who currently own roadways on the NHS are eligible to apply. Local agencies may submit a maximum of two applications.

Funding

$30-40 million of federal funds is currently available. The maximum NHPP funding per project is limited to $5 million. Projects must be fully funded.

Match requirement

Projects require a minimum 13.5 percent local match. Additional application points are available for providing match above the minimum.

Program Requirements

  1. Roadways must be part of the NHS.
  2. Maximum of two applications, per agency.
  3. Minimum 13.5% local match is required.
  4. Maximum award amount is $5 million.
  5. Construction must be underway within two years of selection.
  6. Scope changes are not permitted.
  7. Award amounts will not be increased.
  8. Quarterly reporting on project schedule and budget status is required.
  9. All FHWA requirements apply.

Project Applications

  1. A completed application form (docx 50 kb) is required and can be downloaded:
  2. Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal:
    • NHS Asset Management Program Application,
    • Confirmation that project is located on the NHS,
    • PCI ratings documentation,
    • IRI ratings documentation (see: IRI_LocalAgencyNHS2016.xlsx 1.6 mb), and,
    • Vicinity map(s) and roadway section(s) in .pdf format.

Submittal Process

Submittals must be sent by e-mail (paper or other storage media will not be accepted). Project proposals must be received by midnight May 26, 2017.

Project proposals must be sent by e-mail to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov

Program Contacts

Dave Kaiser at (360) 705-7381 or Stephanie Tax at (360) 705-7389.

Selection Process

All proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding. An advisory group will evaluate the proposals and provide recommendations to the WSDOT Local Programs Director. Final selections will be announced by summer of 2017.