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Planning for Your Federal-Aid Project: Programming

Once a project has completed the planning stage of project development and NOACA has placed it on the Long-Range Transportation Plan, project sponsors will continue to work on the project, including preliminary engineering and environmental assessment. This is a critical stage when unforeseen problems may arise that can affect the scope and estimated cost of the project – and result in delays.

NOACA encourages careful and continuous planning before the project is programmed. Ongoing coordination and communication with NOACA can help keep your project on track.

Here are some concerns that must be addressed before the project can be “programmed,” or amended to the four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):

  • You may be asked to show how you have addressed any planning issues the NOACA Governing Board identified through the project’s planning review.
  • If the project’s total construction cost is estimated to be more than $5 million, you will need to have a financial plan and a commitment to provide the 20-percent local match within the four-year life of the TIP.
  • If the project scope changes significantly and/or the cost increases more than 20 percent, the project must go through the Project Planning Review process again unless the project sponsor pays the additional costs.
Placement on the TIP allows project sponsors to prepare for the implementation, or prioritizing, phase.

Return to the main Planning for Your Federal-Aid Project page with links to downloadable information