Local agencies have the opportunity to receive federal funds to spend on improving the federal aid routes in their communities. The challenge in taking advantage of these funds is that projects eligible for this funding must be designed and constructed according federal guidelines. And because of the many policies and procedures involved in the process, navigating through it all can be daunting for those who have never gone down that particular road.
While state transportion agencies typically provide the oversight and approval of these projects and try to assist local agencies in successfully executing them, they often don't have the resources to teach everyone all the steps involved. So local agencies using their own staff are left to try to figure it out through trial and error or are left having to hire an engineering consultant familiar with this type of project.
So in an effort to help local agencies understand these projects and better navigate through the process, the Federal Highway Adminstration has launched an intiative to help ensure local agencies succeed in implementation of Federal Aid projects. This Tuesday, on September 24th, FHWA will host a webinar in the afternoon to offer more information about the program. If you work with Federal Aid projects, you'll definitely want to check it out!
Here is a link to the invitation with more information about where to sign up.
You can also call your local FHWA Division Office and ask to speak with the EDC Coordinator https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/foisp/keyFieldFederalAidDivisions.do. And if you can't make it to the live webinar, FHWA indicated they will post the recorded webinar on the EDC website.