Joint Project Agreements (JPAs), which were formally known as Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs), are required from sponsors who do not have Certification Acceptance. JPAs are required before a Safe Route project goes to bid advertisement. JPAs are legally binding agreements between the local government and ADOT regarding particular aspects of a project.
Preparing and Executing Joint Project Agreements
ADOT will prepare a JPA with outlines the financing for the project based on the cost estimate. The estimated project cost shown in the JPA includes a 15 percent estimate for the construction engineering cost and a 5 percent minimum contingency for change orders. ADOT will transmit the agreement to the project sponsor along with instructions for processing.
The process requires city council or board of supervisors action, agreement review and approval by the recipient's attorney prior to the bid advertisement. The estimated project costs, federal-aid share and leveraging funds shown in the JPA are only estimates. The amount of federal-aid and leveraging funds required to be provided for the financing of the project are listed on the project recapitulation sheet provided in the PS&E package plus a surcharge.
The PS&E package will be sent by Contracts and Specifications section to the recipient for approval and authorization for ADOT to advertise the project bid.
If a sponsor has Certification Acceptance, JPAs are not required.
Additional JPA Guidance
Additional guidance is available in the Project Development Documents and the Project Administration Documents pages.