January 6, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
9420 (850) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-050
Expires: 09/30/2011                                                                                        
To:                   AD’s, SD’s, CD’s, and D-OF&A
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: 02/12/2010
Program Area:  Transportation Planning
Purpose:  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) submitted a request to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 transportation planning funds to support the BLM SAFETEA-LU Implementation Plan/FY 2010 Program Proposal (Attachment 1). States are now requested to submit individual proposals for SAFETEA-LU transportation planning projects for FY 2010 to the Asset Management Branch (WO-854). Proposals from the states will be used to distribute funds that BLM anticipates receiving this year from the FHWA.
Policy/Action:  Submit SAFETEA-LU proposed FY 2010 projects for transportation planning following the instructions and using the format found at Attachment 1.  Attachment 2 provides the current version of the FHWA Eligibility Guidelines for projects pursuant to 23 United States Code 204(i)(2).
Timeframe:  We are requesting that the states electronically submit their respective transportation planning project proposals to the Washington Office by February 12, 2010.
Budget Impact: None.  

Background: The SAFETEA-LU, through Public Law 109-59, was passed in August 2005. Through Title 23 United States Code Section 204, the BLM is entitled to apply for transportation planning funds each year. A letter, along with BLM’s Implementation Plan/FY 2010 Program Proposal, was sent to the FHWA requesting funding in the amount of $2,200,000 for FY 2010 transportation planning projects.   

Once the funds are received, they 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.
Submission Requirements:  Review Attachment 1 to ensure proposed projects capture the intent of the SAFETEA-LU BLM Implementation Plan/FY 2010 Program Proposal.  Attachment 2 is the FHWA’s project Eligibility Guidelines, traffic counters having been approved in prior years; kiosks and signs being considered construction, thus not allowed. Use Attachment 3 (BLM’s Transportation Planning Project Proposals for FY 2010) to submit your project proposals. Send the proposals electronically to Victor_Montoya@blm.gov.
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 2010.  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 in regard to this request, or need any help in preparing your proposal, please contact Victor Montoya at (202) 912-7041.
Signed by:                                                        Authenticated by:
Janine Velasco                                                  Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                             Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Business and Fiscal Resources
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