Appalachian Local Access Roads


To provide access to industrial, commercial, educational, recreational, residential, and related transportation facilities which directly or indirectly relate to the improvement of the areas determined by the States to have significant development potential, and to meet the objectives stated under the program entitled Appalachian Regional Development (23.001).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/18/2005 (Combined in Area Development -- program number 23.002)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
Six new projects were approved as of fiscal year 2001.
Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, Section 201, Public Law 89-4, as amended, 40 App. U.S.C. 201; Appalachian Regional Development Reform Act of 1998, Public Law 105-393.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, and through the States, public bodies and private groups within Appalachia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public or private, industrial, commercial, educational, residential and related facilities which directly or indirectly relate to the improvement of the areas determined by the States to have significant development potential.
Concurrence of the State Highway Department and the Federal Highway Administration, and approval of the State member. Projects must conform to Commission regulations which require the Appalachian State Development Plan and Strategy Statement and Investment Program to be approved and submitted by the State member; due before December 15. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The State Highway Department coordinates with the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (DOT), as in the case of federally-aided highway construction. The State Alternate's Office is the Coordinator for the Governor for Appalachian investments. Preapplication conferences with the Appalachian Local Development District Director or the State Alternate's office can determine within a few weeks if the Director or State Representative will provide guidance on specific problems and technical assistance in the preparation of applications. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted and approved by the State member of the Appalachian Regional Commission. All proposed projects must meet the requirements of the State Appalachian Plan and Strategy Statement and Investment Program submitted annually prior to December 15. Guidance and forms for funding Appalachian Development projects are available from the local development District Director and the State Alternate's office. A letter of transmittal signed by the State member and an ARC Form 2 are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Upon determination that the State approved project is eligible within an ARC approved Appalachian State Development Plan and Investment Program, the Federal Co-chairman determines that the project satisfies all Federal requirements. The Department of Transportation is then notified to administer the grants and disburse funds. ARC notifies the Congressional offices and the office of the Governor of the grant approval.
None, except those imposed by each State and the general requirement of the Commission; that is, proposed projects shall be included in each of the State's approved project funding program which is submitted annually, on or before December 15.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Usually within 45 days after the receipt of the application at the Commission. Under the total audit concept, audits will be made on an organization-wide basis (rather than grant-by-grant) under GAO guidelines, Standards for Audit of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities and Functions, and for programs covered by A-102, Attachment P.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used for engineering, right-of-way, relocation, and construction of projects relating to the objectives stated above, and those identified in the State Appalachian Development Plan as submitted to, and accepted by ARC. Total access road construction may not exceed 1,400 miles and the roads must be accepted by the Federal Highway Administration and the State. The State is responsible to see that they are properly maintained. Refer to the Appalachian Regional Development Program (23.001).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Federal Highway Administration provides ARC with periodic reports on the progress and status of projects. Each participating State reports to the ARC on allocations expected to be obligated during the fiscal year with the following information concerning each project to be funded: segment description, project number, type of work, estimated total cost, and estimated Section 201 requirement.
The Federal Highway Administration, DOT, supervises audits for the Commission. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records and time of record maintenance are those required by the Federal Highway Administration, DOT.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
At least 20 percent of the development costs must be furnished by the State.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided as required.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Inquiries and proposals for projects should be submitted first to the Appalachian State office designated by the State Member. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.) Other inquiries may be addressed to: Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission, 1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20235. Telephone: (202) 884- 7700. Use the same number for FTS.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 02 $2,442,026; FY 03 est $2,000,000; and FY 04 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$19,000 to $217,000; $156,500.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"The Appalachian Regional Commission Code" (limited distribution); "Appalachian Regional Commission Project Preparation Instruction" (limited distribution); applicable State Appalachian Plans and Guidelines; "Appalachia-" a journal devoted to the special problems of regional development; no charge. Annual Reports.
Examples of Funded Projects


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