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Guidance for Locally Administered Projects

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Local Project Administration through MaineDOT enables cities, towns and non-profit agencies to make transportation improvements with federal and state money. A certified staff member takes charge of a “locally administered project” in partnership with MaineDOT, which makes sure all federal and state requirements are met.

For more information, e-mail the MaineDOT Local Projects Coordinator or call the Multimodal Program at (207) 624-3420.

What is a typical locally administered project (LAP)?

Locally administered projects (LAP) commonly involve improvements to state collector roads, traffic intersections, local harbors, and sidewalks and multi-use paths.

Who can administer LAPs?

Most LAPs are delivered by municipalities and other public organizations such as school systems and non-profit agencies. Organizations wishing to oversee LAPs must receive MaineDOT’s authorization. If federal money is used, the project administrator must be a full-time employee who has undergone certification training through MaineDOT.

How are projects funded?

Projects are funded through federal and state programs such as Transportation Alternatives, Hazard Elimination, the Small Harbor Improvement Program, and the Low Use Redundant Bridge Program. Larger cities and towns also receive funding through metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). Communities are reimbursed for expenditures eligible for federal and state funding. Typical reimbursement is 80 percent.

What are Federal Highway Administration Requirements?

If a project uses federal money, the Federal Highway Administration has many requirements, which are covered in during LPA certification training and in the course manual. Common requirements include:

  • Selection of consultants based on their qualifications, not price.
  • Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.
  • Proper acquisition of property. Owners must be offered fair market value for any real estate or property rights needed for a project. Coercion is forbidden.
  • Adherence to federal and state design standards and specifications, as well as construction oversight, documentation and materials testing requirements.
  • Compliance with civil rights and labor-standards requirements, such as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Davis-Bacon Act.


This page last updated on 10/29/14