The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has initiated the 2018-2021 STIP development process. As part of the effort, proposed projects must be selected based on the projected availability of funds for 2019-2021. The STIP process covers a two to three year development and approval period. With transportation funding limited and uncertain in the future, ODOT will focus most of its resources on preserving the transportation system and making it safer as it selects projects in the next STIP. The STIP will provide opportunities to make strategic investments in both roads and non-highway infrastructure. It will focus on squeezing maximum benefit out of limited resources by leveraging preservation and safety projects into more comprehensive transportation solutions.
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In 2015, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT engaged stakeholders in discussions about how to prioritize limited funds. At its May 2015 meeting the Commission provided ODOT input on STIP funding priorities. Consistent with ODOT’s polices, the Commission decided to put most funding (87.5%) in the STIP into Fix-It programs that focus on safety and preserving infrastructure, and in July 2015, the OTC adopted the 2019-2021 funding allocations for the 2018-2021 STIP process.
On December 4, 2015, the US Congress approved the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act), which increased the amount of funding allocated to the State of Oregon for transportation improvements for 2018-2021. As a result, the OTC adopted revised funding allocations for the 2018-2021 STIP process. Funds were allocated as follows:
- State Highway System Leverage Funds: $17.8 Million ($50 Million Statewide)
- Enhance Non-Highway Funds: $12.8 Million ($35 Million Statewide)
- Active Transportation Leverage Funds: $2.136 Million ($6 Million Statewide)
STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM LEVERAGE FUNDS ($17.8 Million)
- For State Highway System* only
- Not eligible for active transportation** or non-highway enhancements
- Intended to leverage ODOT Fix-It projects. Adding priority enhancements or additions to Fix-It projects intended to be included in the 2018-2021 STIP.
- Allocated to Regions
- Additional Fix-It projects are also eligible as standalone projects
*State Highway System = Public roads, facilities and right of way owned and/or operated by ODOT
**Active Transportation = Bicycle, pedestrian or transit features or connections
Selection Process: ODOT Region 1 staff will develop projects and share with ODOT Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation (ACT) to gain concurrence.
ODOT presented the Fix-It Leverage 150% List at the October 2015 Region 1 ACT meeting. View the Region 1 Fix-It Leverage Memo to learn more about the Fix-It Leverage Program and proposed projects.
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ENHANCE NON-HIGHWAY FUNDS ($12.8 Million)
- Competitive selection process open for proposals from state and local government agencies
- Projects may be on or off the state system
- Projects must show a benefit to the state system
- Projects need to be consistent with state and local plans.
- Allocated to Regions
- Applicants will be required to provide matching funds
Enhance Proposals were due by noon on November 20, 2015. ODOT received 21 submissions. On February 1, 2016, the Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation (Region 1 ACT) selected proposed projects for the Enhance 150% List. ODOT staff presented the Region 1 ACT with scoped project costs at the June 2016 meeting. During the meeting, the Region 1 ACT discussed funding recommendations of the proposed projects.
Selection Process: ODOT Region 1 staff worked with the Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation to develop 100% List of projects.
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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION LEVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES ($2.136 Million)
- Projects must be on the state system
- Project recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) developed by Regions in consultation with the Area Commission on Transportation
- Process should run congruently with the $50 Million Fix-It State System Leverage program.