The purpose of this document is to provide information about the process used by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to prioritize and award OKI-allocated federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Funds (STP) funds to projects that further the goals of the continuing, coordinated and comprehensive nature of transportation planning towards implementation. This process discusses only awards over which OKI has direct ability and duty to make, including federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STP) funds in Ohio and Surface Transportation Funds for Northern Kentucky (SNK) funds in Kentucky. This packet also includes the application and guidance for applicants.
This document is divided into four sections:
Project Eligibility Requirements – this section covers eligible project types identified in Title 23 of the USC and OKI requirements
Prioritization Process – the description of the OKI Board-adopted procedure
Guidance for Applicants – explanation of overall process details and description of factors and measures used in project scoring
Project Scoring Process – the listing of factors, measures and points
The Application Form to be used by the applicant in providing pertinent information on the project, is attached at the end of this document
Project Eligibility Requirements
OKI funds may be used within the OKI urbanized area (UZA). Roadway projects are limited to the functionally classified (FC) roadway network. Bike, pedestrian, transit and Non-highway freight projects are not limited to the FC network but are limited to the UZA. Use the OKI Project Administration Assistant (PAA) software for data and maps showing these elements: http://maps.oki.org/paa/.
The FAST Act’s STBG Program continues all prior STP eligibilities (see in particular 23 U.S.C. 133(b)(15), as amended). It also adds the following new eligibilities:
- A State may use STBG funds to create and operate a State office to help design, implement, and oversee public-private partnerships (P3) eligible to receive Federal highway or transit funding, and to pay a stipend to unsuccessful P3 bidders in certain circumstances [23 U.S.C. 133(b)(14)]; and
- At a State’s request, the U.S. DOT may use the State’s STBG funding to pay the subsidy and administrative costs for TIFIA credit assistance for an eligible STBG project or group of projects. [23 U.S.C. 133(b)(13)].
The FAST Act also adds specific mention of the eligibility of installation of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication equipment. [FAST Act §1407, 23 U.S.C. 133(b)(1)(D)]
STP eligibilities are continued, with some additions and modifications. Eligibilities are described below, with changes emphasized:
- Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, resurfacing, restoration, preservation, or operational improvements for highways, including designated routes of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and local access roads under 40 USC 14501.
- Replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, protection, and anti-icing/deicing for bridges and tunnels on any public road, including construction or reconstruction necessary to accommodate other modes.
- Construction of new bridges and tunnels on a Federal-aid highway.
- Inspection and evaluation of bridges, tunnels and other highway assets as well as training for bridge and tunnel inspectors.
- Capital costs for transit projects eligible for assistance under chapter 53 of title 49, including vehicles and facilities used to provide intercity passenger bus service.
- Carpool projects, fringe and corridor parking facilities and programs, including electric and natural gas vehicle charging infrastructure, bicycle transportation and pedestrian walkways, and ADA sidewalk modification.
- Highway and transit safety infrastructure improvements and programs, installation of safety barriers and nets on bridges, hazard eliminations, mitigation of hazards caused by wildlife, railway-highway grade crossings.
- Highway and transit research, development, technology transfer.
- Capital and operating costs for traffic monitoring, management and control facilities and programs, including advanced truck stop electrification.
- Surface transportation planning.
- Transportation alternatives –newly defined, includes most transportation alternatives eligibilities. [See separate “Transportation Alternatives” fact sheet]
- Transportation control measures.
- Development and establishment of management systems.
- Environmental mitigation efforts (as under National Highway Performance Program).
- Intersections with high accident rates or levels of congestion.
- Infrastructure-based ITS capital improvements.
- Environmental restoration and pollution abatement.
- Control of noxious weeds and establishment of native species.
- Congestion pricing projects and strategies, including electric toll collection and travel demand management strategies and programs.
- Construction of ferry boats and terminals.
- Border infrastructure projects.
- Truck parking facilities.
- Development and implementation of State asset management plan for the NHS, and similar activities related to the development and implementation of a performance based management program for other public roads.
- Surface transportation infrastructure modifications within port terminal boundaries, only if necessary to facilitate direct intermodal interchange, transfer, and access into and out of the port.
- Construction and operational improvements for a minor collector in the same corridor and in proximity to an NHS route if the improvement is more cost-effective (as determined by a benefit-cost analysis) than an NHS improvement and will enhance NHS level of service and regional traffic flow.
- Two eligibilities formerly covered by the repealed Highway Bridge Program (HBP)—
- Construction of a bridge that replaces a low water crossing of any length, a bridge that was destroyed prior to January 1, 1965, a ferry that was in existence on January 1, 1984, or any road bridge rendered obsolete by a Corps of Engineers (COE) flood control or channelization project and not rebuilt with COE funds.
- Actions to preserve or reduce the impact of a project on the historic integrity of a historic bridge under specified conditions. [§1111; 23 USC 144(f)-(g)]
Link to the FHWA website for the STBG program: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/stp/160307.pdf