The deadline for Enhance proposals is noon, November 20, 2015.
Enhance proposals were originally due August 3, 2015. That deadline was changed due to reduced funding allocations and related changes to the Enhance process for the 2018-2021 STIP. Proposal documents have been revised to address these changes. For additional information on the funding allocation decisions made at the July 2015 OTC meeting, see the July 2015 OTC Cover Memo.
If you have questions please contact your Region staff (names and contact information are listed below).
Enhance and Fix-It for the 2018-2021 STIP
In 2012 the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT changed how the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is developed. The STIP is no longer developed as a collection of projects for specific pools of funding dedicated to specific transportation modes or specialty programs. The STIP primarily divided into two broad categories: Fix-It and Enhance.
Enhance: Activities that enhance, expand, or improve the transportation system
Fix-It: Activities that fix or preserve the transportation system
The Fix-It project selection process is similar to prior STIPs, as these projects are developed mainly from ODOT management systems that help identify needs based on technical information for things like pavement and bridges.
The Enhance process was a significant change and reflects ODOT's goal to become a more multimodal agency and make investment decisions based on the system as a whole, not for each mode or project type separately. The agency has requested assistance from our local partners in developing the STIP and identifying those projects that assist in moving people and goods through the transportation system.
Prior to completing an Enhance Proposal Form it is strongly recommended that you contact your ODOT Region Area Manager to discuss proposal ideas. If you have questions about the Enhance process specifics for your Region/ACT it is recommended that you contact your Region Enhance Coordinator.
Region 1 Enhance Coordinator: Christina Hopes, 503.731.4924
Region 1 Area Managers:
Note: Region 1 is in the process of developing an Area Commission on Transportation. Until that process is complete, contact Kelly Brooks, 503.731.3087.
Region 2 Enhance Coordinator: Terry Cole, 503.986.2674
Region 2 Area Managers:
Northwest Oregon - Tim Potter, 503.986.2764
Mid-Willamette Valley - Tim Potter, 503.986.2764
Cascades West - Amy Ramsdell, 541.757.4167
Lane County - Frannie Brindle, 541.736.9611
Region 3 Enhance Coordinator: Lisa Cornutt, 541.957.3643
Region 3 Area Managers:
South West - Mark Usselman, 541.396.1142
Rogue Valley - Art Anderson, 541.774.6353
Region 4 Enhance Coordinator: Katie Parlette, 541.388.6037
Region 4 Area Managers:
Lower John Day, Central Oregon - Gary Farnsworth, 541.388.6071
South Central Oregon - Butch Hansen, 541.883.5778
Region 5 Enhance Coordinator: Jane Goode, 541.963.1325
Region 5 Area Managers:
North East, South East - Craig Sipp, 541.963.1328
Enhance Process Documents
Project End Date
FHWA now requires a Project End Date for programming requests. Under this new rule an end date will be established for each project phase before FHWA will authorize funds. FHWA will not authorize payments for costs incurred after the project end date. Changes to the end date will be permitted with sufficient justification. Please review the Commonly Asked Questions and the Federal Guidance Memo. Contact your Region STIP Coordinator if more specific information is needed.
Changes to Intergovernmental Agreements
Please review the newly published Supercircular - 2 CFR 200 for many new requirements around finance, auditing and reporting.
Policy Briefing: Supercircular - 2 CFR 200 FAQ
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