What is the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program?
The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the STIP, is the Oregon Department of Transportation’s capital improvement program for state and federally-funded projects. The Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT develop the STIP in coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and the public.
What is the timeframe and process for developing the next STIP?
The Commission began work on the next STIP, which will provide funds for 2021-2024, in July 2017. ODOT expects to complete the STIP process in 2020.
There are three steps to developing the 2021-2024 STIP.
- Program allocation: The Commission will distribute funding among programs such as system enhancements, preservation, safety, non-highway, and local roads. This work will be done by the end of 2017.
- Project selection: The Commission will review the considerations that guide project selection. ODOT will use data in management systems and advisory committees to create preliminary project lists, estimate costs and schedules, then narrow projects to a final recommended list to include in the draft STIP.
- Public review and approval: The Commission will put the draft STIP out for a formal public comment period. After taking public comment, the Commission will adopt a revised STIP and forward it for review and approval by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.
What categories of funding does the STIP include, and how are projects selected?
The Commission will allocate funding among the following major categories:
- Fix-It programs fund projects that fix or preserve the state’s transportation system, including bridges, pavement, culverts, traffic signals, and others. ODOT uses data about the conditions of assets to choose the highest priority projects. In recent STIPs the Commission has allocated most funding to Fix-It programs.
- Enhance programs fund projects that enhance or expand the transportation system. Area Commissions on Transportation recommend high-priority investments from state and local transportation plans in many of the Enhance programs.
- Safety programs reduce deaths and injuries on Oregon’s roads. This includes the All Roads Transportation Safety program, which selects projects through a data-driven process to ensure resources have maximum impact on improving the safety of Oregon’s state highways and local roads.
- Non-highway programs fund bicycle and pedestrian projects and public transportation. Area Commissions on Transportation often help recommend these projects to the Commission.
- Local government programs direct funding to local governments so they can fund priority projects.
How will ODOT and the Commission engage stakeholders?
Because the STIP makes significant investments in the transportation system, ODOT and the Commission plan to keep the public and stakeholders informed and seek their input at key points through an open, transparent, and accessible process.
The public is invited to watch Commission meetings online, sign up for ODOT’s STIP email update list, participate in meetings and discussions of advisory committees, and provide comment to the Commission on STIP development.