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Special Requirements

There are a number of Federal and State requirements that apply to projects under the SRTS program. Applicants must ensure that they are knowledgeable and able to follow these requirements.

Title 23: All projects funded by SRTS funds must comply with Title 23 requirements of the U.S. Code which include, but are not limited to, the Davis Bacon prevailing wage rates, competitive bidding, and other contracting requirements. Whoever carries out the construction (state, county, city, or consultant hired by any of these entities) must comply with all applicable Title 23 requirements. USDOT regulations are available at: USDOT Regulations.

(Note: Applicants must work with a Maintaining Agency such as a local government that has experience with Federal Construction Contracts in general, and Title 23 requirements in particular.)

As part of the Title 23 requirements, all SRTS projects must also comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. Most SRTS projects will likely be eligible for categorical exclusion under the provisions of 23 CFR Sec 771.117 which recognize there is no significant environmental impact in the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

(Note: The categorical exclusion must be requested and granted; it is not automatic.)

Inclusion in TIP/STIP: All projects funded must be programmed in the local Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) or Transportation Planning Organization’s (TPO’s) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) if applicable, and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). It is recommended that applicants for projects located in an MPO or TPO area work with their MPO or TPO to ensure local support and consistency with regulations.

(Note: the TIP is sometimes called the Comprehensive Improvement Program or CIP.)

Local Permits: Maintaining Agencies for SRTS projects or programs are responsible for any and all local permits relevant to their project. Applicant and Maintaining Agency personnel should work together to determine and acquire the required permits.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): SRTS projects and programs must be designed to reasonably meet the needs of persons with disabilities. In doing so, the project director for the SRTS project or program must comply with all applicable provisions of the ADA. National standards are available at: National ADA Standards, and information on Florida DOT’s ADA design standards are available at:  FDOT ADA Design Standards.