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March 31, 2008

In Reply Refer To:
9420 (850) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2008-104
Expires:  09/30/2009                                                                                       
To:             Assistant Directors, State Directors, and Center Directors
From:         Assistant Director, Business and Fiscal Resources
Subject:      Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Transportation Planning Project Proposals   DD: 04/14/2008
Program Area:  Transportation Planning
Purpose: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) submitted a request to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 transportation planning funds to support the BLM SAFETEA-LU Implementation Plan/FY 2008 Program Proposal (Attachment 1). States are now requested to submit individual proposals for SAFETEA-LU transportation planning projects for FY 2008 to the Asset Management Branch (WO-854) by April 14, 2008. Proposals from the states will be used to distribute funds that the BLM anticipates receiving this year from the FHWA.
Policy/Action:  Submit SAFETEA-LU proposed FY 2008 projects for transportation planning following the instructions and using the format found in Attachment 2 (BLM’s Transportation Planning Project Proposals for FY 2008).  Attachment 3 provides the current version of the FHWA Transportation Planning Project Eligibility Guidelines for projects pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 204(i)(2). Review Attachment 1 to ensure proposed projects capture the intent of the SAFETEA-LU BLM Implementation Plan/FY 2008 Program Proposal. The FHWA has informed the BLM that purchase of traffic counters are endorsed through Item 7 of the Eligibility Guidelines. The FHWA has also made the determination that kiosks and signs are considered construction and are, therefore, not allowed. Use Attachment 2 to submit your project proposals. Send the proposals electronically to Victor Montoya, Civil Engineer, WO-854, at Victor_Montoya@blm.gov.
Timeframe:  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: None.
Background: The SAFETEA-LU, through Public Law 109-59, was passed in August 2005. Through Title 23 U.S.C. Section 204, the BLM is entitled to apply for transportation planning funds each year. A letter, along with BLM’s Implementation Plan/FY 2008 Program Proposal, was sent to the FHWA requesting funding for $1.8 million for FY 2008 transportation planning projects. 
Once the funds are received, the funds will be transferred in varying amounts to the State Offices based on state priorities for the transportation planning projects submitted by the BLM SAFETEA-LU Coordinators. Typically, many of the coordinators work with State departments of transportation, counties, the FHWA, or other partners on planning and design issues that are mutually beneficial to all parties.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination: Each of the State Engineers and SAFETEA-LU Coordinators is fully cognizant of the requirement for submitting project proposals for transportation planning projects to be accomplished in FY 2008.  The Asset Management Branch (WO-854) will be working with the Budget Office (WO-880) on the distribution of funds once they are received.
Contact:  If you have any questions concerning this request, or need any help in preparing your proposal, please contact Victor Montoya, WO-854, at (202) 557-3593.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Laura Ceperley                                                            Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director                                             Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Business and Fiscal Resources
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Last updated: 10-21-2009