American Recovery & Re-Investment Act
National Plan for Transportation
The intent of the American Recovery and Re-investment Act (ARRA) is to invest money quickly into the economy to jump-start the economy and create jobs. To accomplish this goal the ARRA invested over 30 billion dollars into transportation related projects. These funds were distributed to the states based primarily on funding formulas established in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
The national purpose related to transportation funding is:
To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery.
To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
The national and the Department of Transportation plans can be seen at http://www.recovery.gov and http://www.dot.gov/recovery respectively.
The requirements for all transportation projects are:
Must be shovel ready (construction started within one year)
Must spend 50% of the allocated funds within 120 days (highways) and 180 days (transit) or those funds will be redistributed to other states.
Projects must be completed within three years. (Some projects require multiple construction years to complete).
All existing rules and regulations must be followed.
State Plan for Transportation
The Idaho Transportation Board has recommended the following eight projects as those which best accomplish the goals of ARRA. The eight statewide projects receiving stimulus funding are:
US 2, Dover Bridge, Bonner County
US 95, Moscow Mountain Passing Lane, Latah County
US 95, Top of White Bird Grade to Chain-up Area, Idaho County
I-84, Vista Avenue Interchange, Ada County
US 93, Twin Falls Alternate Route, Twin Falls County
I-86, Chubbuck Interchange to Pocatello Creek Interchange, Bannock County
US 20, Henry's Lake Flat Passing Lanes, Fremont County
SH 48, Rigby High School to Yellowstone Hwy, Jefferson County
Figure 1 shows the amount of ARRA funds the Bannock Transportation Planning Organization's planning area can expect to receive which is approximately $833,000 for highway related projects.
Figure 1ARRA Distribution for Idaho Highways
Transit funding for the region is allocated different from highways reflecting the federal method for distribution. For urban areas over 50,000 people, the distribution is directly to the provider in that area.
Table 1 shows the distribution that our area is $1,159,957.
After a call for projects from member agencies, which is a requirements of ARRA, eleven projects were submitted. The BTPO Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Board prioritized those eleven projects to available funding. Five were removed and six were retained. Table 2 shows the projects submitted and those recommended for ARRA funding. The six recommended projects were submitted to the Idaho Transportation Department for consideration. All were recommended in the final recommendation to the Governor. It should be noted that the I-86 Chubbuck Interchange project is a project of State importance and was selected by the Idaho Transportation Department in their statewide process.
Table 2: Projects Submitted for ARRA Funding