Montana Reinvestment Act
How Projects Became ARRA Candidate Projects
Candidate projects to receive ARRA funding were selected from MDT's existing program - with consideration given to the ARRA program guidance.
Selecting projects from MDT's existing program ensured that the ARRA funds would be applied to system improvements consistent with MDT's performance goals, had already received Commission approval, and had completed many, if not all, of the project development processes including public involvement, environmental review, right of way acquisition and design.
ARRA requirements that had to be considered are:
- Obligate 50% of the ARRA funds within 120-days of initial apportionment (June 30, 2009)
- Obligate 100% of the ARRA funds within 1-year of initial apportionment (March 2, 2010)
- 3% of funds spent on Transportation Enhancement activities
Consideration and priority was given to projects based on the following criteria:
- Are within Economically Distressed Areas
- Can be completed within three years of ARRA enactment (Feb 17, 2009)
- Those that will sustain and create jobs
Based on the refined list - on March 2, 2009 the Commission approved candidate projects with estimated cost of $234.7 million, and back up projects with an estimated cost of $205.5 million. On November 17, 2009 the Commission approved one additional ARRA candidate project with an estimated cost of $1.34 million.
Projects from the candidate list are moved forward with ARRA funds as soon as they are ready, and back up projects may move into the ARRA list if needed due to cost under run on candidate projects.