Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 43-04. Practices and Performance Measures for Local Public Agency Federally-Funded Highway Projects

In 2006, an estimated $6 to $8 billion in Federal-aid contracts was administered by local public agencies (LPAs) in at least 45 states, representing about 20 percent of the overall annual Federal-aid program. Since 2006, there has been significant growth nationally in dollars allocated to LPA projects, particularly in light of the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA). As of 2009, 13% of States' overall Federal-aid Highway Program goes to LPA, representing $7.38 billion; and 18% of States' overall Recovery Act (ARRA) program goes to LPA, representing $6.07 billion. This represents an increase of $5-7 billion dollars for LPA projects, demonstrating an even more critical need to study practices and performance measures for LPA federally funded transportation projects. The Department of Transportation (DOT) Local Programs Officers are primarily responsible for distributing and managing Federal-aid funds that could be made available for local agency use. However, because of multiple systematic inefficiencies, many federally-funded projects either are never offered to LPAs or those obligated to LPAs never come to fruition. For example, there is an outstanding balance of unspent Congressionally-earmarked funds, many of which are allocated to LPAs. Even in states with LPA certification programs underway, some DOTs and LPAs note that these do not necessarily reduce overall project delivery time, reduce the systematic inefficiencies or the administrative burden. The negative effects of these inefficiencies on the economic health of the Federal-aid program are significant, particularly in the current climate of shrinking staff and budgetary restrictions. This study will explore what performance measures, delivery practices, strategies, and tools are currently used in relation to federally-funded LPA highway project development and delivery. The final report should include summaries of useful practices by states and LPAs, which may be adapted for use by DOTs and LPAs to improve their LPA programs and projects. Information will be gathered through (1) a literature review, (2) a survey to all state DOT Local Aid Divisions, and (3) a survey to LPAs (including towns, cities, counties and MPOs) with exemplary programs, as identified by State DOT LPA Program Administrators. The survey to DOTs should "branch" to two different sets of questions, depending on whether or not the DOTs has a formal LPA certification programs in place. Contact information for the DOT Local Aid Divisions will be provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Zwahlen, Tanya

  • Performing Organizations:

    Myers McCarthy Consulting Engineers

  • Principal Investigators:

    Myers McCarthy, Leslie

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28975

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463307
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:21PM