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The deadline for Enhance proposals has changed. Enhance proposals were originally due August 3, 2015. That deadline is being moved to a later, yet to be determined date. The OTC will be making several decisions regarding the funding allocations for the 2018-2021 STIP at its July 2015 meeting. It is anticipated that the new deadline for Enhance proposals will be November 2015 – but we won’t know for certain until the July 16-17 OTC meeting.

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

Background

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.

Getting Started

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 Cortes, 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: Dawn Hubble, 541.963.1325
Region 5 Area Managers:
North East, South East - Craig Sipp, 541.963.1328

Enhance Process Documents

New Requirement - 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.

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