Tribal Transportation News
July 13, 2021
2021 TTP Safety Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
On July 8, 2021, the Federal Highway Administration announced the availability of up to $10.1-million in grant funding from the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF). Tribal governments may apply for funding to conduct transportation safety planning, improve crash data, deploy systemic roadway departure countermeasures and implement other infrastructure projects that reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury motor-vehicle crashes. Details on how to apply for this funding, including the NOFO and application form, can be found at The deadline for applications is September 9, 2021.

A webinar will review the NOFO on July 15, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 11:30 Pacific time. At that time you may join the webinar by following instructions found at A recording of the webinar will be posted on the TTPSF web page.

Eligible projects for the TTP Safety Fund under the FAST Act include:

  • development and update of transportation safety plans
  • crash data assessment, improvement, and analysis
  • infrastructure improvements and other eligible activities as listed in 23 U.S.C. 148(a)(4).
In the News
The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation Self Governance Program, meaning the tribe has autonomy to plan and finance road improvement and transit projects within the reservation.

The USDOT approved the tribe’s eligibility earlier this month.

“Cherokee Nation has earned the distinction of being the first tribal nation to formally participate in the Department’s Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program,” Deputy Assistant Secretary Arlando S. Teller wrote in a letter to Chief Hoskin. “The Department looks forward to engaging with the Cherokee Nation in the negotiation of a compact and funding agreement under the TTSGP in support of the Cherokee Nation’s right to self-determination and self-governance.”

The approval gives the tribe the ability to plan and oversee its own road construction planning and projects without having to seek federal permission and oversight over projects.

“The Cherokee Nation has led a sophisticated transportation program for several years helping our tribal communities, state and federal partners with safer, well-maintained roadways in the reservation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Having oversight for the first time to plan, lead and oversee the finance of our own road projects will only mean more and better investments in terms of travel and infrastructure in the Cherokee Nation to the benefit of thousands of citizens.”

The Cherokee Nation had to show audits for three years, including transportation management information, financial stability and transportation management and capability.
The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department will also get transit dollars forward funded versus a reimbursement, under the program.

The Cherokee Nation Transportation and Infrastructure Department invested $4.8 million and paved 67 miles of roadway in fiscal year 2020 and $1.7 million and 49 miles of roadway so far in fiscal year 2021.

The department also provided more than 104,000 transit rides so far this year.

Upcoming Events
OTTC Virtual Meeting
August 3
10:00am Central Time

*Note: date changed from previously scheduled July 13.
Quarterly Meeting
August 18
1:00-3:30 via Zoom

Project Highlight
Okemah Pedestrian Bridge Design
Cross Timbers worked with the City of Okemah, Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by providing the engineering design and construction management for this project. This bridge now provides a safe crossing for children in local housing areas to their school.

Prior to the bridge construction, the children were crossing through a drainage ditch. We are very proud to have been a part of this cooperative effort among the City of Okemah, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Okfuskee County, and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Safety concern: kids crossing through drainage ditch to school.
Safety Solution:  Design and installation of a pedestrian bridge
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