Projects that are “shovel -ready” must address the following criteria:
Of the funds provided to the state, 30% must be sub-allocated for use in urbanized areas that have a population of more than 50,000. Stimulus funds used for projects selected by local Metropolitan Planning Organizations in their areas must be obligated within one year. It is possible that projects will be ready and funds obligated much sooner.
Projects requested by local governments outside urbanized areas will be incorporated into GDOT’s program for the remaining 70% of the funds. 50% of these funds must be obligated within 120 days after they are apportioned to GDOT by FHWA and the remaining 50% must be obligated within one year.
Transit stimulus funds will be provided for use by transit systems in urbanized areas and to GDOT for use in non-urbanized areas. 50% must be used within 180 days and the remainder within one year of apportionment. Funds for airport improvements, intercity rail passenger improvements and grants for larger scale multimodal projects are subject to other deadlines for making applications and federal awards of grants.
As transparency of stimulus appropriations is required by FHWA and FTA, Georgia DOT will provide monthly reports. The GDOT Economic Stimulus Committee (ESC) is awaiting further guidance from FHWA on reporting standards for all states. We will post all information related to stimulus funds on the web. We will also work through established planning processes and committees to amend local MPO TIPs and the STIP.
Additionally, Governor Perdue wants to insure meaningful, measurable outcomes for all stimulus funds. All stimulus funding must be segregated and tracked separately. He has also assigned an Accountability Officer, Celeste Osborn, to monitor use of the funds.
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