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Transportation Enhancement Program
The current highway act
is funded through FY2009. Be advised that Idaho Transportation Board approval for all
TE projects programmed after FY2009 remains contingent upon the future availability of
In April of 2008, the Transportation Board decided to suspend solicitation for new TE projects for FY 2011-2013.
Depending on future funding, the program may be reinstated.
Does your community need sidewalks or bike paths to link important destinations
safely, want to create a greater sense of place with gateway landscaping, or want to
preserve history and boost tourism by renovating an old train depot to house
a visitor’s center or transportation museum?
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Federal Highway Administration
() share your interest in these projects and
others that enhance the transportation experience in your area and make our communities
more livable. The Transportation Enhancement (TE) program was developed to fund projects
that go beyond where typical transportation projects usually stop.
The TE Program was made possible by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency
Act of 1991 (), reauthorized
in 1998 under the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century
() and was again reauthorized in 2005 under
the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
The Idaho TE Program is a statewide competitive program that distributes
to projects that strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, or environmental value of
Idaho’s surface transportation system.
focus on improving the transportation experience in and through local communities.
Idaho Transportation Board Policy B-11-03
sets the maximum federal-aid award for a project at $500,000. In FY2009 an estimated $5.5 million
in federal-aid will be awarded for projects to begin design for construction that will occur in
FY2011. Enhancement funds are available only for special or additional activities not normally
required on a highway or other transportation project. The funds cannot be used for routine
or customary elements of construction and maintenance or for required mitigation.
THIS IS NOT A GRANT PROGRAM.
The sponsor pays the costs of the project and submits a reimbursement request to the
Idaho Transportation Department. Sponsors must budget for these costs.
MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED.
The program match rate is 7.34%. The match requirement is best met with cash.
If necessary, in-kind contributions of land, materials, or services can be used for match
but must be approved by in advance. Overmatching is discouraged.
As a part of the application
, the sponsor must provide a detailed cost estimate for the project and identify the source and
type of matching funds. Costs in excess of the budget will be the responsibility of the sponsor.
Enhancement projects must conform to federal and state procedures and requirements for
project development and contracting. These requirements include environmental protection,
right-of-way acquisition, consultant selection, labor and civil rights, procurements, and
various permits, certifications and clearances. A construction project is built by a
third-party contractor. ITD will review the project plans and activities for compliance with
its procedures and requirements.
Costs incurred on a project prior to federal approval of the
and an executed agreement between ITD and the sponsor are NOT ELIGIBLE
for federal-aid reimbursement nor can they be applied to the required match.