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Surface Transportation Program

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Program Description

The Surface Transportation Program (STP) provides funding for federal-aid highways and bridges, transit capital improvements and projects, and active transportation projects.

Program Eligibility

An eligible project sponsor must be a local government in the Ogden-Layton or Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), or Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Other entities interested in applying must submit a letter in cooperation with an eligible project sponsor.

Eligible Activities

STP funds may be used for constructing new streets or widening, improving, or reconstructing existing streets classified as Federal Aid Eligible (FAE) freeways, highways, arterials, or collectors. The most recent version of the FAE functional classifications maps in your Urban Area may be found on UDOT’s website. In addition, STP funds can be used for bridge replacement; intersection improvements; projects which reduce traffic demand, such as transit capital improvements and active transportation; and other projects as provided for in federal law. Major highway and transit capacity improvements must be identified in the first phase of the 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).


By population formula, the federal government currently annually apportions approximately $8,000,000 – $10,000,000 in STP funds to the Ogden-Layton Urbanized Area and approximately $18,000,000 – $20,000,000 to the Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area. Funds are programmed over a six-year period and therefore applicants currently compete for funds available in the federal fiscal year of 2024.

Letters of Intent

In order for the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) staff to recommend that a sponsor submit an application, a “Letter of Intent” must be submitted and include the project name, project limits, brief project description, type of funds sought, and estimated cost. A list of all of the projects appropriately submitted will be distributed to members of the Councils of Governments (COGs) and then reviewed by WFRC to determine program eligibility. Letters of Intent are due by October 29, 2018 to Ben Wuthrich. This letter should be signed by the Mayor, Commissioner, or executive director of the sponsoring agency.


Sponsors of eligible projects will be notified and required to completely fill out ALL of the following forms for each project by January 17, 2019. These reports will be reviewed for completeness. The projects will be evaluated and scored according to the approved criteria by WFRC staff prior to presenting information to the technical advisory committees for review and recommendation. The projects and recommendations will then be presented to the COGs for discussion and review, and to Transportation Coordinating Committee (Trans Com) for recommendation to the Council.

For additional information regarding the STP, please contact Ben Wuthrich.

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