California Department of Transportation


State of California
Department of Transportation
Division of Local Assistance
P.O. Box 942874, MS-1
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001



Discretionary Programs

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Discretionary programs represent special funding categories where Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) solicits for candidates and selects projects for funding based on applications received. Each program has its own eligibility and selection criteria that are established by law, regulation, or administratively. Congress created the Discretionary Grant Programs to give FHWA the latitude to support projects that maintain the nation's roads and bridges, improve roadway safety and make communities more livable. The FHWA administers the Discretionary Programs through its various offices and with the assistance of each State's transportation department. Information on each of these programs and Recent Awards are available on the FHWA Discretionary website.

The  Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) eliminated twelve discretionary programs, including Ferry Boats Discretionary (FBD), Highways for Life Demonstration Program (HfL) (here there was one last FFY 2013 Solicitation), Innovative Bridge Research & Development (IBRD), Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD), National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBP), Public Lands Highway Discretionary (PLHD), Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP), etc, i.e., beyond FFY 2012 there will not be any solicitations. Note that discretionary funds provided via prior FHWA awards and not yet allocated still remain available for use in accordance with the submitted FHWA accepted applications and with the federal requirements contained in the respective prior years Discretionary Grant Programs Information.

Discretionary/Special Programs Listing


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Page last Updated: April 24, 2017