September 19, 2020
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The Federal Highway Administration has extended the deadline for submission of Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives or STSFA grants from June 15 to July 10.

[Above photo by the Georgia DOT.]

That grant money comes through a notice of funding opportunity for the STSFA program FHWA issued in August 2019 that provided a total pool of roughly $38 million worth of fiscal year 2019 and FY 2020 grants to states – or groups of states that form partnerships for regional or national proposals – to test “new ways” to finance highway and bridge projects in lieu of motor fuel taxes as well as maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

Photo of the Rocheport Bridge by MoDOT

Congress originally authorized $95 million worth of funding over five years to fund large-scale road user charge or RUC pilot studies by states or groups of states through the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act.

FHWA noted that STSFA grants are only available to states and requires that a state department of transportation serve as the lead agency for administering the program funding through the Federal-aid highway program. However, another state agency can be responsible for providing day-to-day project oversight, the agency noted.

Application information for the STSFA grants is available on grants.gov or by clicking here.

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