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									                                                                            BOARD POLICY B-11-03
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                     TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
The director shall distribute and administer the Surface Transportation Program Enhancement funds
allocated to Idaho under the The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A
Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), or successive acts that incorporate funding for transportation
enhancements. The purpose of the Transportation Enhancement Program is to preserve and create in
Idaho more livable communities where roads blend with and preserve the natural, social, and
cultural environment, by using the flexible and innovative funding and design features of the
enhancement funds. Projects related to surface transportation shall be programmed under the
procedures detailed below.

Programming of Projects
Funding guidance for enhancement activities shall be as shown below:

   Historic Enhancements                      15% to 30% of available funding
   Scenic and Environmental                   15% to 30% of available funding
   Pedestrian and Bicycle Enhancements        40% to 70% of available funding

Projects shall be submitted to the department through a statewide application process. Applications
shall be reviewed by staff for completeness and federal eligibility. Department staff may provide
comment, as necessary, on funding availability, project development, and other issues related to
department policy.

Enhancement Advisory Committee (EAC)
The Enhancement Advisory Committee (EAC) shall review the Transportation Enhancement
Program applications and recommend projects to the Idaho Transportation Board. The EAC shall
establish project selection criteria as a guide for setting statewide project priority. The EAC shall
submit a prioritized list of projects to the Idaho Transportation Board during the annual update of the
Capital Investment Program. Included with that submittal will be an analysis of the distribution,
mix, and quality of proposed projects, and as necessary, an explanation when the prioritized list of
projects varies from the funding guidance noted above.

EAC membership shall represent appropriate interested parties and expertise so that the perception
of conflict of interest is eliminated as much as possible. EAC members shall be appointed for two
(2) years, with re-appointment by the director.
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The membership of the Enhancement Advisory Committee shall be as follows:

          the Local Highway Administrator of the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council;
          one person (to rotate annually) representing metropolitan planning organizations;
          one person representing historical interests from the Idaho Historical Society;
          one person representing scenic interests (rotating every two years) to be chosen from
           either the Bureau of Land Management, the Idaho Department of Lands, or the U.S.
           Forest Service;
          one person representing tourist and recreational interests;
          the ITD Bicycle Coordinator representing bicycle/pedestrian interests;
          one person appointed from the “Safe Routes to School” advisory committee;
          an ITD District Senior Environmental Planner representing environmental interests; and
          the Enhancement Program Coordinator from the Federal Highway Administration’s
           division office will be an ex-officio member of the committee.

The ITD Enhancement Program Coordinator will facilitate project reviews and recommendations.
Staff will lend direct assistance and support to assure submission of program and project information
for inclusion in the Capital Investment Program consistent with board policy B-11-02, Highway
Development Program.

Maximum Federal Participation and Non-Federal Matching Fund Requirements
Transportation Enhancement Program projects shall be limited to a maximum of $500,000 in federal
transportation enhancement funding. All transportation enhancement projects will require the
minimum match determined by federal law. (Currently, the minimum local match required by
federal law is 7.34%.)

Delayed Projects and Unused Funds
Due to the large number of projects competing for limited funding, projects that are in the year their
construction funds are programmed in the Transportation Enhancement Program shall not be
allowed to delay into a later fiscal year. A one-year delay exception may be granted by the director
or his designee for projects that have most of the development completed and are close to
contracting. The project sponsor shall be notified when a project has been removed from or delayed
in the program.
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When a project is removed from the Transportation Enhancement Program, the sponsoring agency is
responsible for all costs incurred and must reimburse the federal government for any federal-aid
funding received by the agency. To compete for future federal-aid funding, sponsors of projects
removed from the program may re-apply.

The department shall advance other projects to use the obligation authority associated with unused
enhancement funds, placing an emphasis on Transportation Enhancement Program projects where
possible. Project cost increases that do not exceed the federal-aid maximum may be approved by the
director or his designee when there is an identified off-set and the sponsor has agreed in writing to
pay in cash for any additional match required by the project increase. No unused enhancement funds
shall be carried over into the next fiscal year.

Advance Payment
The director is authorized to approve, on a project-specific basis, the use of advance payment on the
construction-only phase of a project.

Effective Date of this Policy
Project applications received after the approval date of this policy shall be processed using this
board policy. All previously scheduled projects shall continue to be programmed and managed under
the previous policy that was in effect at the time the application was approved, or on a case-by-case
basis as determined by the director or his designee.



                                                          Approved by the board on:



 Signed                                                   Date 11-15-06 a
FRANK BRUNEEL
Board Chairman

This policy based on:
          Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) as amended and maintained through
             successive highway authorization acts
             Decision by the Idaho Transportation Board
Former dates of B-11-03:
          6-15-95, 1-25-96, 12-2-98, and 11-18-99
Cross-reference to related Board Policies
             B-09-08, BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES
             B-09-11, IDAHO SCENIC BYWAYS PROGRAM
             B-11-02, HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
             B-11-04, ALLOCATION OF SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM APPORTIONMENTS TO LOCAL
                         PUBLIC AGENCIES

								
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