Appalachian Development Highway System


To provide a highway system which, in conjunction with other federally-aided highways, will open up areas with development potential within Appalachia where commerce and communication have been inhibited by lack of adequate access.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Appalachian Regional Commission
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Open 25 miles of ADHS to traffic 10.9 miles completed
Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, Section 201, Public Law 89-4, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 14501.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State governments only are eligible for development highways within their Appalachian portions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Segments must be approved by the ARC and projects must be processed in accordance with State Highway department and Federal Highway Administration procedures.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The State highway department coordinates with the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (DOT), as in the case of federally aided highway construction. The District Director or State Alternate's Office will provide guidance on specific problems and technical assistance in the preparation of applications.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The ARC has established a corridor system. The Appalachian State office designated by the State Member submits an application for construction within this system to the Commission for consideration. ARC must concur in detailed highway locations and construction centerlines. Upon such approval, State highway departments may submit plans to implement projects to the State-level office of Federal Highway Administration.
Award Procedure
Upon determination that the State approved project is eligible within a Commission approved Appalachian Highway Plan, the Federal Co-chairman notifies FHWA of centerline approval after determining that the project satisfies all Federal requirements. The Department of Transportation is then notified, administers the grants and disburses the funds.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The grants may be used for preliminary engineering, right-of-way, and construction of highways meeting the objectives stated above. Total highway construction may not exceed 3,090 miles for the 13-State system. The highways must be accepted and maintained as a Federal-aid highway. Refer to general use restrictions stated in the Appalachian Regional Development program (23.001).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance is measured and reported each year in accordance with the goals and strategies of ARC's Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
The Federal Highway Administration, DOT, supervises audits for the Commission.
Records and time of record maintenance as required by the Federal Highway Administration, DOT.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Funding for work on the Appalachian Development Highway System is allowed at 100%, wherever the project is located. Please see the ARC Code for more details.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided as required. Funds are distributed to states.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Inquiries and proposals for projects should be submitted first to the Appalachian State office designated by the Governor. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.) Other inquiries may be addressed to: Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission, 1666 Connecticut Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20009. Telephone: (202) 884-7700. Use the same number for FTS.
Headquarters Office
Jill Wilmoth
1666 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20009 US
Phone: 202-884-7668
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16$271,200,000.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available - Ranges and averages vary with type of use. Allocations are within predetermined system of highways. Funding is provided from the Highway Trust Fund.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The ARC Code (available at; "Appalachian Regional Commission Project Guidelines" (also available at; applicable State Appalachian Plans and Guidelines; Performance and Accountability Reports, no charge.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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