Reservation Road Construction: Planning
and Funding for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

Is your tribe planning to improve its reservation roads? Do you have ongoing road and bridge maintenance issues? Are you building a new school, health clinic or other facility that requires road access?

If you’re involved in any aspect of planning or building roads in Indian Country, you need a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations related to reservation road construction. Learn how the new FAST Act triples the amount of funding that was available under MAP-21, what other important changes the FAST Act brings with it, and what you need to do to close out MAP-21. Let our expert guide you through the ins-and-outs of the Tribal Transportation Program, including the formula for the distribution of funds from FHWA to the tribes.

You'll also receive comprehensive training on the entire planning process for successful road construction, from completing a road inventory to planning with tribal leaders and members to developing a 20-year transportation plan.

Attend this important training to ensure you're in the know about funding availability and learn how to ensure the maximum level for your tribe. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your transportation system and expand your infrastructure.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E


  • New Department of Transportation (DOT) Tribal Self-Governance Program
  • New data collection reporting requirements for expenditures on TTP funds
  • Closing out MAP-21

Overview of Tribal Transportation Program (TTP)

  • Tribal Transportation Program requirements
  • Tribal Shares Allocation formula for TTP funding distribution
  • Status of TTP programs:
    • IRR - Highest Priority Program
    • TTP Highway Safety Program
    • Obligation Limitation
    • Transit Program
    • Road Maintenance Program
    • BIA/FHWA Administrative Costs
    • TTAP Funding
    • National Bridge and Tunnel Inventory

The Three Main Types of Tribal Planning

  • Land use planning
  • Developing the Long-Range Transportation Plan
  • Developing the Transportation Improvement Program

Major Common Components of the Planning Process

  • Data collection and use
  • Public involvement
  • Funding resources
  • Safety
  • Project prioritization

Road Inventory

  • Determining and providing information for the TTP inventory database
  • Inventory format
  • Role in determining TTP funding to each BIA area
  • Preparing the inventory internally vs. hiring a contractor

Funding Road Construction through the Tribal Transportation Program

  • “Core support” — what the BIA provides
  • How funding formulas are determined
  • How much to expect and how to get it
  • Activities eligible for TTP funding


Alternative Funding Sources

  • “Core support” — what the BIA provides
  • Finding non-program funding sources
  • Grant opportunities
  • Incorporating the cost of roads into other projects (e.g., housing, school facilities, etc.)
  • Determining the direct and indirect impacts of roads on specific projects
  • Developing a funding strategy

Other Topics Beneficial to Tribal Transportation Representatives

  • 25 CFR, Part 170
  • FHWA – Tribal Direct Program Agreements
  • G2G (Government to Government Agreements)
  • Planning, designing, constructing and maintaining transportation facilities
  • Service delivery for Indian reservation roads:
    • Indian preference vs. local preference in contracting
    • Contract enforcement
    • Applicability of the Buy Indian Act
  • BIA road maintenance
  • Safety Programs
  • Transit Programs
  • Rights of way

*Topics subject to change.

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