Section 12: Category 4E - STP: Rural Mobility/Rehabilitation

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This category is to address transportation needs in the rural areas of the state (in cities of less than 5,000 population or outside any city limits).

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Projects programmed in this category must be in cities of less than 5,000 population or outside any urbanized area. This program authority can be used on any roadway with a functional classification greater than a local road or rural minor collector.

All projects must be developed in accordance with the applicable federal or state environmental requirements and design standards. All projects must be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in accordance with state laws, regulations, directives; and safety, design, and construction standards as required by TEA-21.

Projects in this category must have the concurrence of the MPO if it is located in their area of jurisdiction.

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Allocation to Districts

Allocations are made to districts based on the percentage of rural population within the district as compared to the state's rural population.

The program is managed as a bank balance program, and eligible projects are developed by the districts on an as-needed basis. Projects can be canceled or changed as long as the program balance is not exceeded.

Additional programming authority has also been allocated to the districts for the development of plans, specifications, estimates, and right-of-way purchase. Funding of these projects can be made through upcoming rural mobility/rehabilitation programs.

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Match for preliminary engineering, construction, and right-of-way purchase/utility adjustments will be in accordance with TxDOT's Policy for Matching Funds - Participation Ratios.

Consideration should be given to previously programmed high priority projects on the state highway system. New projects should be considered only after those previously programmed projects have been evaluated and considered.

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