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DLA Announcement Subject 2012 Discretionary Grant Programs Awards Solicitation

APPLICATIONS DUE TO DISTRICT LOCAL ASSISTANCE OFFICES – DECEMBER. 9, 2011

FHWA Administrator, Victor M. Mendez, signed a memorandum dated November 9, 2011, announcing the FY 2012 solicitation for candidate projects for 12 discretionary grant programs for the nation. The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011, Part II (Extension Act), Title I of Public Law 112-30, extended federal-aid highway program funding through March 31, 2012. FHWA plans to award funding available for these programs under the six-month extension. If additional FY 2012 funding for these programs is provided, FHWA intends to subsequently award these additional program funds based upon responses to this solicitation, if merited by the applications that are received.

Listed below are the approximate amounts of funding currently available (including any carryover funding from previous years) for the 12 discretionary grant programs. The actual amount available for award in each program is subject to change pending final calculations of federal-aid highway program funding distributions or any additional funding provided by Congress.

Delta Region Transportation Development - $4.7million
Ferry Boat - $22.2 million
Highways for Life - $9.5 million
Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment - up to $4.2 million
Interstate Maintenance - $47.3 million
National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation - $4.7 million
National Scenic Byways Program - $20.6 million
Public Lands Highways - $45 million
Rail Highway Crossing Elimination in High Speed Rail Corridors - $7.1 million
Transportation, Community and System Preservation - $29 million
Truck Parking Facilities - $2.9 million
Value Pricing Pilot Program - $6.9 million

Detailed information about each program application, selection criteria and additional information requirements can be found at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/

Additional information for these Discretionary Programs is located on the Caltrans Local Assistance Website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/DiscretionaryFunds/discretionary_programs.htm

For clarification on the deadline set by FHWA for the solicitation of applications for the 12 programs for FY 2012 funding, the January 6, 2012, is the deadline for all state Department's of Transportation (DOT) submission of local agencies reviewed applications to FHWA.  Local agencies will need to submit their applications directly to their state DOT earlier than the deadline established by the FHWA.

For the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the following internal deadlines have been established:

December 9, 2011

Local agencies must submit completed applications to Caltrans district offices due no later than close of business day. Applicants must not submit applications directly to FHWA.


December 16, 2011

DLAEs must submit reviewed applications to Caltrans HQ Program Managers by close of business on this date.


January 6, 2012

Caltrans HQ Program Managers must review, comment, and submit applications to the FHWA Division Office by this deadline.

All applicants must submit applications in one electronic file.  Incomplete applications will be sent back to the applicant for completion, time permitting.  However, all revised applications must be received by the Caltrans HQ Program Manager by no later than COB, December 16, 2011. Applications or additional changes/received after the due date will not be accepted. Applications received on or just before the deadline will likely not get a chance for revisions and may compromise the applicants’ chance for award. All applications must be submitted by Caltrans to FHWA.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE EMAILED IN ONE FILE (please provide the name of applicant’s contact person). PLEASE DO NOT MAIL HARD COPIES.  LOCAL AGENCIES ARE ADVISED TO CALL DISTRICT CALTRANS TO MAKE SURE THEIR APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED.  DISTRICTS MUST SEND A LIST OF ALL OF THE APPLICATIONS THEY ARE SUBMITTING TO THE HQ PROGRAM MANAGER TO MAKE SURE ALL SUBMITTALS WERE RECEIVED BY HQ.

The applications and guidance can be found at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary In addition, FHWA HQ provided a checklist for the Public Lands Highway program.  All information will be required for your application to be considered for award. 

IMPACT
According to Mr. Mendez, “Our goal is to put the currently available funding to work as quickly as possible to provide needed transportation improvements and support economic growth. To that end, FHWA is announcing this solicitation to advance these programs and put Americans back to work.”

For question or comments regarding this announcement, please see the attached Discretionary Program Contact Caltrans Only, or your district local assistance engineers at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/dlae.htm

 

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