FHWA awards more than $15 million to seven projects seeking to advance highway, bridge funding methods
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on July 9 awarded $15.1 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven projects in five states to explore new ways to fund highway and bridge projects. The program’s goal is to test innovative ways to supplement the federal gas tax and provide long-term support for the Highway Trust Fund. The STSFA grants will fund projects that test the design, implementation and acceptance of user-based alternative revenue tools, such as a mileage-based fee. FHWA selected proposals from five states: Delaware (representing the I-95 Corridor Coalition), Oregon (two project awards with one representing the Western Road User Charge Consortium), Utah (two projects), Washington and Wyoming.