Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP)
*Funds Expiring* FFY 17-18 HIP Funds Must Be Obligated by September 30, 2021!
HIP was created in Section 122 in Division A of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which authorized $650 million with the intent to specifically fund the “restoration, repair, construction, of federal aid eligible roads, bridges, and tunnels.” The unobligated HIP funds allocated in 2010 were available until September 30, 2012, after which they lapsed without the option of reobligation. HIP funds that were authorized to projects, from the 2010 apportionment, were available for reimbursement of HIP eligible expenses until September 30, 2017, which is when all the remaining authorized HIP funds expired.
On March 23, 2018 Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which was subsequently signed into law. This omnibus 2018 FFY spending bill to fund the US federal government included the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, which again funded the HIP to construct highways, bridges, and tunnels. In 2019, with the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, additional HIP funding was added and the eligible expenses were expanded to allow for the “elimination of hazards and the installation of protective devices at railway-highway crossings.” Then in 2020, HIP funding also expanded to projects providing, “necessary charging infrastructure along corridor-ready or corridor-pending alternative fuel corridors.”
HIP funding is distributed by FHWA and further divided by states, which are required to coordinate with the relevant Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and/or rural planning organizations as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act [23 U.S.C. 1101(b)].