How Projects Are Awarded
The estimated annual Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds available to Arizona are currently about $14 million per year. The ADOT Transportation Enhancement and Scenic Roads Section administers this federally funded program through the Federal Highway Administration.
The application cycle for the Round 18 funding cycle has closed. ADOT has entered into the new Round 19 cycle.
When ADOT Transportation Enhancement (TE) staff reviews project applications, they conduct field visits to evaluate the constructability of the proposal. The review includes evaluating topography, land uses, vegetation, etc. The review identifies any problem areas that would drive up the cost or present substantial delays to the development of the project.
The findings of the reviews are discussed with the Transportation Enhancement Review Committee (TERC) when they meet in October to deliberate the applications. The TERC will consider the constructability reviews in recommending projects for funding to the State Transportation Board.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Council of Governments
The local Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Council of Government (MPO/COGs) will be the principal contact for sponsors wishing to apply for TE funding. The MPO/COG will guide the sponsor from project idea through completing the project application.
The people who are developing the ideas -- whether it be a government entity, group or individual -- must first submit their ideas to their local MPO or COG representative. The MPO/COG will evaluate your idea and provide advice regarding appropriate sponsorship for your project.
To contact your local MPO or COG, please see the MPO/COG section.
Transportation Enhancement Review Committee
The Transportation Enhancement Review Committee (TERC) reviews TE program applications for merit within published selection criteria. The TERC then recommends projects for funding to the Arizona State Transportation Board. Meetings are usually held in early October for three days.
State Transportation Board
The State Transportation Board makes the final decision on which application receives Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding. The board consists of six districts representing geographic regions of the state. Each board member is appointed by the governor.