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Project Selection

STIP Development Cycle

Project nomination is an open process in which the public is invited to participate.  The Department nominates projects on the National Highway System and the Alaska Highway System based on the need to upgrade sections that are below standards, accomplish initial hard surfacing or pavement rehabilitation, and provide safety improvements or capacity increases.  Since nearly all NHS and AHS routes are, and will remain, in state ownership, the department does not use a scoring system since competition for these funds generally does not involve third parties. 

The Department requests project nominations from the public for projects in the Community Transportation Program. A project qualifies under the Community Transportation Program if it is a local road, transit development or uses technology to improve traffic flow or safety. 

Other programs not included in the STIP project selection process:

Alaska Metropolitan Areas and other Transportation Improvement Programs:

Under federal rules, a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is charged with preparing long-range transportation plans within its jurisdiction, and implementing the plans through TIPs, or Transportation Improvement Programs.  An MPO is federally-designated transportation planning body for an urbanized area with a resident population over 50,000.  In Alaska, Anchorage and Fairbanks are the only MPOs, known as AMATS (Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions) and FMATS (Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System) respectively. The STIP incorporates the projects selected by the MPO TIPs by reference. For more information you may review the complete list of TIP incorporations.

Harbors Program:

Currently harbor projects are not eligible for federal aid funding through the US Department of Transportation (FHWA and FTA). Harbor nominations are encouraged but will not be included on the STIP until there is a federally funded harbor program. Harbor nominations will be kept on the Needs List for potential state or federal funding. Recent federal aid rule changes may provide funding in the future. Municipalities are encouraged to visit the department’s Ports and Harbors webpage, where DOT&PF has a 50/50 matching Municipal Harbor Facility Grant program and a Corps of Engineers harbor program.

Aviation Program:

The STIP does not include aviation projects. Aviation project nominations are encouraged but will not be included on the STIP. Aviation nominations will be kept on the Needs List for potential state or federal funding. For more information about aviation projects, contact the regional aviation planner or visit the aviation website.