The Federal Highway Administration through a stewardship agreement delegates authority to WSDOT for approving project development and construction administration. WSDOT has the option of delegating some or all of this authority to qualified local agencies through a Certification Acceptance (CA) program.
What you need to know
The LAG chapter 13 – Certification Acceptance Program (PDF 418KB) provides the program requirements, the application process and the compliance procedures of the program.
Not all agencies have the resources within their organization to gain CA status. When that occurs Non-CA agencies are encouraged to work with CA agencies in order to comply with the federal requirements to receive federal funding.
To effectively setup this kind of relationship, an inter-local agreement that includes appropriate protections for both agencies is recommended.
We have provided an example (PDF 26KB) between Kitsap County (a CA agency) and Kitsap Transit (a non-CA agency). It is an excellent example of how to incorporate the elements and clarify the responsibilities contained in a CA agreement and how they may be appropriately shared. Our thanks to Kitsap County and Kitsap Transit for sharing this document.
Local certification acceptance agencies
We have provided a list (PDF 21KB) of local CA approved agencies.
For more information:
Contact the Local Programs Regional Engineer