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Fequently Asked Questions

 

  • Do I need a Maintenance Agreement in place before the project starts?

    Yes. If your project is awarded funds, you area planner will work with you to develop a project agreement detailing maintenance and match commitments.

  • Do I need a Match Agreement in place before the project starts?

    Yes. If your project is awarded funds, you area planner will work with you to develop a project agreement detailing maintenance and match commitments.

  • How often will these funds be offered?

    The ATAP will have a call for projects period on a two-three (2-3) year cycle, depending on funding availability.

  • What if I have cost overruns?

    You are responsible for paying any cost overruns. The state may reserve funds for unforeseen preapproved cost overruns. However, those costs are subject to approval and match requirements prior to the state.

  • Is it required I speak with my area ADOT&PF planner?

    Yes, you should discuss your proposed project with your Area Planner. There may be other efforts or issues that need to be brought to the table or that may not be feasible.

  • Can TA funds pay for a community standalone dust project?

    No, the environmental mitigation activity must address storm water management control and/or water pollution prevention/abatement related to highway construction OR due to highway runoff. Reducing vehicle-caused wildlife mortality is also eligible.

  • Can I purchase a Landing Craft that will be used for transporting goods and services connecting a roadway to a community?

    No.

  • Can I use my engineers report costs for match?

    No, any cost associated with an Awarded ATAP project will need to occur after the project is initiated. All matching funds should be cash.

  • Is planning eligible as an independent TAP project?

    Yes. Planning for pedestrian and bicycle activities is eligible as an independent TA project.

  • Is landscaping and scenic enhancement eligible as an independent project?

    Under the “community improvement activities” category, projects such as streetscaping and corridor landscaping may be eligible under TAP if sponsored by an eligible entity and selected through the required competitive process. States may use TA funds to meet junkyard screening and removal requirements under 23 U.S.C. 136 if sponsored by an eligible entity and selected through the competitive process. Landscaping and scenic enhancement features, including junkyard removal and screening, may be eligible as part of the construction of any Federal-aid highway project, including any TA-funded projects.

  • Is lighting eligible using TAP funds?

    Yes. Lighting is eligible for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and may be appropriate as part of other eligible TAP categories. Project sponsors should consider energy-efficient methods and options that reduce light pollution.

  • Are road diets eligible using TAP funds?

    Road Diets are among FHWA’s Proven Safety Countermeasures. If work to benefit eligible TAP activities would cause impacts to a highway, requiring reconstruction resulting in a road diet, then TA funds may cover most costs of a road diet. This would be determined on a case by case basis during the project nomination period.

  • Are bike sharing systems eligible for TAP funds?

    Yes. Bike sharing systems are eligible for Federal-aid highway program funds, including TA funds. See Frequently asked Questions and Answers concerning Bike Sharing. In addition to bike sharing docks, equipment and other capital costs, FHWA funds from several sources, including TA, may be used to purchase bicycles that are integral to a bike sharing system. Federal-aid highway program funds cannot be used for operational costs.

  • What is eligible under “construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas”?

    The activity “construction of turnout, overlooks and viewing areas” may use the criteria for “scenic overlooks” described in 23 CFR 752.6 link exits this site: “Scenic overlooks may provide facilities equivalent to those provided in safety rest area(s) described in 23 CFR 752.5.link exits this site

  • Are resilience improvements eligible for TAP fund? 

    Making transportation systems more resilient to changing environmental condition is an important aspect of maintaining a state of good repair. Federal-aid highway planning and projects, including activities funded via TA, may include climate and extreme weather resiliency elements to make transportation systems more reliable. For further information, please see FHWA guidance link exits this site on funding climate adaptation.