USDOT seeks toll projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is inviting state transportation departments to submit applications for candidate projects in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP).

FHWA may permit up to three states to collect tolls on a facility on the Interstate System for the purpose of reconstructing or rehabilitating Interstate highway corridors that could not otherwise be adequately maintained or functionally improved. 

The notice published in the Federal Register today describes general program provisions, eligibility and selection criteria, and the application submission and evaluation process, including when a project is a P3.

Among the criteria it is noted the US government has given preference to the use of a public toll agency with demonstrated capability to build, operate, and maintain a toll expressway system meeting criteria for the Interstate System. 

However the FHWA adds: “Should a state determine that its public toll agencies lack the capability or resources to take on the candidate project, a public-private partnership may well provide a viable alternative.”

Applications are due to FHWA Division Offices by February 20, 2018. The FHWA will conduct an information webinar regarding the ISRRPP on November 13.

The notice is available here.

The ISRRPP is authorized in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and amended by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.