The FHWA announced the availability of $60 million in grant funding for states and cities pursuing projects that involve transportation technologies to improve transportation efficiency. State departments of transportation, local government and transit agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations may apply for the $60 million in available funding.

FHWA Press Release, June 12, 2019
Advanced Transportation Technologies Grants

For those responsible for resourcing their agency’s transportation projects, it may feel like these funding notices are frequent, varied, and even overwhelming and confusing. These funding programs, whether federal, state or local, are intended to ensure adequate resources to maintain and improve safety and mobility for the travelling public. However, there is usually high competition among agencies for limited funding dollars. If lucky enough to secure funds, there may be highly stringent reporting guidelines, significant time constraints, matching requirements, and limitations of use.

How can a local agency possibly develop the skills and knowledge to identify available funding, understand eligibility and scoring criteria, and strategize to maximize success?

Join instructor, Stephen Rowan, PE, for a series of workshops on transportation infrastructure funding strategies. Rowan has over 34 years in the highway transportation field, including many funding intensive areas such as asset management, emergency management, contract administration, and facilities management.

On October 15, Rowan presents the first workshop in the series with an overview of various state and federal transportation funding programs and how to apply successful strategies for maximizing project funding.  This workshop explains eligibility requirements, describes the purpose of each program, and reviews application scoring criteria.  A comprehensive review of available funding sources and types includes:

  • Funding sources: state (VDOT, TPOF), federal (FHWA), regional (HRTPO, HRTAC), innovative financing (loans, credit, bonds), and local
  • Funding types: competitive grants, formula, discretionary, low interest government loans (TIFIA, VTIP)
  • VDOT funding programs: economic development access, airport access, recreational access, revenue sharing program, rural rustic roads program, primary extensions paving funds, state of good repair, and high-volume unpaved roads.

On October 16 and 17, Rowan presents a 2-day workshop on local project administration intended for those who have received funding from a state or federal source.

Part 1 on October 16 focuses on successful project management strategies to meet funding guidelines so that your local project receives the maximum allowable reimbursements. This workshop reviews state and federal requirements, processes, and resources needed to successfully administer a state or federally funded transportation project from project initiation through project advertisement (design phase) including:

  • Roles and responsibilities (locality, VDOT, FHWA, consultants)
  • Compliance audits (VDOT, FHWA)
  • Project Initiation (request to administer process, agreements, authorizations)
  • Consultant procurement (process, requirements, Brooks Act, FAR pre-award audits, references)
  • Project development (scoping, risk assessment, environmental, public involvement, budget, schedules, estimates, specifications)
  • Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations (Uniform Act, documentation, authorizations, acquisition, certification, special coordination efforts)
  • Preparation for construction advertisement (certifications, contract special provisions, pre-bid meetings)
  • Submitting invoices for reimbursement

Part 2 on October 17 focuses on the construction phase of the funding project from construction contract award through project closeout. It includes a review of federal contract requirements for the construction phase including Buy America provisions, Civil Rights DBE & EEO compliance, and Labor compliance.  This workshop covers:

  • Construction administration (approaches, roles and responsibilities, compliance audits)
  • Construction coordination (constructability and value engineering reviews, liquidated damages and incentives, CEI estimates, pre-bid meetings)
  • Civil rights, DBE and labor compliance
  • Environmental compliance
  • Construction (pre-construction meetings, documentation, change orders, claims, materials documentation, quality assurance)
  • Invoice processing
  • Close-out (process, record retention, final acceptance)

Attendees leave each session with the knowledge and tools to ensure funding criteria for their local transportation project are met. The instructor shares lessons learned and provides reference such as VDOT inspection guides, VDOT materials manual, and FHWA contract administration core curriculum.



Transportation Infrastructure Funding Strategies

10/15/2019  |  Midlothian, VA

Local Project Administration Course (2-Day Workshop)

10/16/2019 —10/17/2019  |  Midlothian, VA

About the Instructor:

Stephen A. Rowan, M.Eng, CCM, PMP  has over 34 years in the Highway Transportation Infrastructure field.  He started his career as a Highway Construction Inspector with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 1984 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BA degree in Urban Affairs.  Steve’s career at VDOT included a variety of technical and management positions in Construction Inspection, Contract Administration, Construction Management, Maintenance & Operations Management, Asset Management, Emergency Management, Facilities Management, Project Management, and Program Management. Steve completed a Master of Engineering Degree in Operations Research & Systems Analysis at Old Dominion University in 2002, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University in 2008.  In addition, Steve was selected in 2011 to attend the Transportation Project Management Institute at the University of Virginia – Center for Transportation Studies. Steve was the Director of the Urban Program Management Office in the VDOT Hampton Roads District from 2011 until he retired in February of 2017.  He worked closely with local government staff and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization staff to deliver their federal and state funded transportation programs. Steve is a member of APWA, ASHE, ITE, PMI, and has been a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006. Steve is also Certified Construction Manager (CCM) through the CMAA.

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