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Transportation: Plans & Programs: Non-State Federal Aid System

Non-State Federal Aid System

The U.S. DOT Federal-Aid Highway Program supports state highway systems by providing financial assistance for the construction, maintenance and operations of a 3.9 million-mile highway network throughout the nation. This network of roads is commonly referred to as the “Federal Aid System” and comprises approximately 5,840 miles in the SPC region.  The Federal aid system includes the Interstate Highway System, primary highways, and some secondary/local roads. Roads on this system are eligible to utilize funds from the Federal-Aid Highway Program to reimburse roadway owners for construction, operation, and maintenance projects. The overwhelming majority of the roads on the federal aid system in the SPC region are owned by PennDOT, however there is significant mileage that is not owned by PennDOT.

Non-State Federal Aid System Mileage by County, SPC Region

County Number of Segments Total Miles
Allegheny 1195 576.4
Armstrong 54 11.9
Beaver 96 27.5
Butler 123 59.6
Fayette 286 43.1
Greene 12 8.8
Indiana 61 18.4
Lawrence 170 31
Washington 141 25.7
Westmoreland 267 111.4
Total: 913.8

Source: PennDOT RMS Data, 2013

Purpose of the Portal

The purpose of the portal is to raise awareness of the non-state federal aid system and serve as a clearinghouse for links to resources, data/mapping, technical assistance, and asset management practices to local and county transportation planners in the region.

What does it mean to be on the Federal Aid System?

Road segments on the Federal Aid System are eligible to use federal financial assistance for the reimbursement of a portion of the expenses incurred during maintenance or operations projects.  The federal highway transportation fund types available to be used on the non-state federal aid system require local match funds ranging from 0% to 20% of the total project cost.

When working on projects that utilize federal reimbursement funds, local agencies must maintain compliance with all federal program regulations and requirements including, but not limited to, transportation planning and TIP development procedures, consultant selection and contracting procedures, environmental clearance and mitigation commitments, right-of way procurement, utility relocation, design standards, detailed project management/contract compliance and quality assurance procedures. Navigating this complex process of obtaining federal aid and meeting all federal requirements can be difficult, time consuming, and costly.

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Links to Resources

The Federal-aid Essentials Web site
This site contains a resource library of informational videos and related materials. Readily accessible and available, each video addresses a single topic presented in everyday language-condensing the complex regulations and requirements of the Federal-aid Highway Program into easy-to-understand concepts and illustrated examples.

FHWA Every Day Counts Web Site
Every Day Counts Locally Administered Federal Aid web page includes resources, fact sheets, and webinar recordings.

Locally Administered Federal Aid Project Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of FHWA locally administered Federal Aid Program.

County Inventories Of Road Segments On The Federal Aid System

Attribute data tables in pdf or excel format

Allegheny County [ pdf ] [ xls ] Armstrong County [ pdf ] [ xls ]
Beaver County [ pdf ] [ xls ] Butler County [ pdf ] [ xls ]
Fayette County [ pdf ] [ xls ] Greene County [ pdf ] [ xls ]
Indiana County [ pdf ] [ xls ] Lawrence County [ pdf ] [ xls ]
Washington County [ pdf ] [ xls ] Westmoreland [ pdf ] [ xls ]

Interactive Mapping

Use this interactive map to view the Non-State Federal Aid System and functional classification anywhere within the SPC region.

View larger map

Work Group Coordination (Coming Soon)

SPC will be assembling work groups, by county, with representatives of all the owners of this network in the county.  These work groups may exist predominately through SharePoint/e-mail coordination to share data on conditions and needs on the non-state federal aid system.  

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