August 11, 2020  —  August 12, 2020


John Tyler Community College Campus
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114

Contact Hours



State DOTs and local agencies when developing projects involving federal-aid must follow a prescribed set of rules, regulations, and procedures. This course will cover the various steps necessary to meet the federal requirements.  The course will be initiated with a discussion of categorical funds and what activities they are eligible for.  A detailed presentation will be made on how the federal highway financial system works and the process that determines the amount of federal funds that will be available to the States and MPOs.  Presentations will then be made on federal rules  to meet planning and environmental requirements, right-of-way rules and requirements (the Uniform Act), design standards, and the bridge inspection program requirements.  Federal contract requirements will also be presented that discuss a broad of issues such as use of proprietary materials, contract bidding rules, contract provisions, etc.  Class exercises will be used to demonstrate typical real life issues involving the development of federal-aid projects.


Day 1:

8:00       Registration

8:30       Course Introduction

9:00       Background of State-Federal-aid Program

10:00    Financial System Using the Federal-aid Program

  1. Trust Fund
  2. Authorization/Appropriation
  3. Federal-aid Financing Procedures
  4. Matching Ratio/Lapse/Transferabiliy
  5. Innovative Financing

12:00    Lunch

1:00       Financing Demonstration

2:00       Planning

  1. Planning Process
  2. Statewide Planning
  3. Metropolitan Planning
  4. STIP – TIP – Financial Constraint

3:30       Planning Exercise

4:00       Adjourn

Day 2:

8:00       Environment


National Environmental Policy Act

Project Developments

  1. Transportation Decision
  2. Purpose and Need
  3. Alternatives
  4. Impacts & Mitigation
  5. Public Involvement
  6. Interagency Coordination


  1. Integrated Decision Making
  2. CEs/EAs/EISs
  3. Processing Environmental Findings
  4. Section 4(f)

9:30       Right-of-Way

  1. Project Development
  2. Right-of-Way Availability – Certification
  3. Uniformity Act
  4. Property Management
  5. Utility Accomodation

10:30    Environment/Right-of-Way Exercise

11:00    Design

  1. Design Process Including Consultant Selection
  2. Project Scope
  3. Environmental Considerations & Commitments
  4. Context Sensitive Solutions
  5. Highway Capacity Manual
  6. Design Standards

12:00    Lunch

1:00       Bridge

  1. Bridge Standards & Bridge Formula
  2. National Bridge Inspection Standards
  3. Highway Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Program

1:45       Construction

  1. Contract Administration
  2. Contract Provisions
  3. Oversight Agreements
  4. Pre & Post Award Procedure
  5. Environmental Commitments

3:00       Project Development Exercise

3:20       Class Test

4:15       Adjourn


Dane Ismart

Mr. Dane Ismart of Louis Berger & Associates, retired from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after 25 years of service in a variety of policy, planning and engineering positions. He was responsible for implementing the Intermodal Management Systems regulations. Mr. Ismart has authored manuals and taught NHI courses on Capacity Analysis, Access Management, Financial Management, Travel Demand Forecasting and Intermodal Planning, and is a member of the TRB Highway Capacity Subcommittee on Unsignalized Intersections. Mr. Ismart is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree and received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Who Should Attend

State DOT and local staff and officials involved in the development of transportation projects using federal-aid funds.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Tribes: FREE
Local Government: $150.00
State/Federal: $250.00
Private Industry: $425.00

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