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August 14, 2023

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Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) Awards Announced

The TTPSF Award Selectees have been announced. Congratulations to all projects and tribes who were selected!

Cross Timbers is honored to have worked with the following Oklahoma tribes on these:

Comanche Nation: Road Safety Audit of Hwy 36; $30,000

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: Intersection Safety Study to Reduce Intersection‐Related Collisions; $114,000

Otoe-Missouria Tribe: Installation of an emergency vehicle warning system for a fire station at a rural highway through the Otoe‐Missouria tribal jurisdictional area; $45,000

Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians:

1. Safety countermeasures at the S‐curve of 156th Ave NE, a two‐lane rural roadway; $73,985.80

2. Systemic Application of Low‐Cost Intersection Safety Countermeasures at the Stop‐Controlled Intersections in rural Oklahoma; $3840

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town: Road Safety Audit of Old Hwy 62 and CR N3830; $30,000

View all Awards Here

Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program Awards Selected

The NSFLTP Program Award Selectees have been announced. Congratulations to all projects and tribes who were selected!

Cross Timbers is honored to have worked with Cherokee Nation on the application for their project Mud Valley Road. Improvement of Mud Valley Road (West 770 Road) within the Cherokee Nation Reservation, including adding shoulders, replacing three bridges, and improving the line of sight at a skewed intersection. They were awarded $12,932,457. Congratulations, Cherokee Nation!

View all Awards Here

Funding Opportunities

Transportation Funding Opportunities for Tribal Nations


The purpose of this document is to provide information to Tribes on new and existing highway and bridge transportation funding programs for which Tribes are eligible. Updated June 1, 2023.

Click below for the full brochure:

FHWA Funding Brochure

TTP Bridge Program

The TTP Bridge Program provides funding to carry out the design, preconstruction activities and construction of bridges that are on the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory. The new Infrastructure Law set aside 165 million dollars per year for the next four years to fund the TTP Bridge Program. Information about the TTP Bridge Program can be found at  If you have questions concerning the TTP Bridge Program, you may contact the FHWA Bridge Program Manager Russell Garcia at 703-404-6223 or

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Biden-Harris Administration Opens Streamlined Application Process for More Than $5.5 Billion in Funding to Help Carry Out Major Infrastructure Projects Across the Country

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Department of Transportation is now taking applications for up to $5.575 billion in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for projects of regional or national significance. This funding supports three major discretionary grant programs that involve surface transportation projects designed to strengthen supply chains, spur economic development, and improve safety and daily life. Applications for funding are being solicited together under a single opportunity titled the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program.

“From fixing rural roads that would otherwise have trouble getting federal funding, to addressing some of the largest and most recognizable bridges and tunnels in the country, the funds in these three programs are supporting transformational infrastructure projects across the nation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Using a combined process to reduce paperwork, we are pleased to open this new round of funding for applications and look forward to hearing from project sponsors around the country seeking funds to help strengthen their communities through infrastructure.”

Available funding includes:

  • $1.8 billion for the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) Program: The Mega program supports large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and are likely to generate national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. Eligible projects could include highway, bridge, freight, port, passenger rail, and public transportation projects of national or regional significance. Per the law, 50 percent of funds are available for projects above $500 million in total cost, and 50 percent are available for projects between $100 million and $500 million in total cost.
  • $3.1 billion for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program: The INFRA program awards competitive grants to multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, accessibility, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas. Eligible projects will improve safety, generate economic benefits, reduce congestion, enhance resiliency, and hold the greatest promise to eliminate supply chain bottlenecks and improve critical freight movements.
  • $675 million for the Rural Surface Transportation Grant (Rural) Program: The Rural program supports projects that improve and expand our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas in order to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life. Eligible projects for Rural grants include highway, bridge, and tunnel projects that help improve freight, safety, and provide or increase access to agricultural, commercial, energy, or transportation facilities that support the economy of a rural area. 90% of rural funding must be awarded in $25 million or greater amounts.

Last year, the Department awarded nearly $1.2 billion from the Mega Program for nine projects across the country that will create good-paying jobs, grow the economy strengthen supply chains, improve mobility for residents, and make our transportation systems safer for all users. The Department also awarded $274 million for 12 projects through the Rural grant program and $1.5 billion for 26 projects through the INFRA program. A full list of awarded projects for each grant program is available here: 2022 Mega, 2022 Rural, 2022 INFRA.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm EDT on August 21, 2023, Applicants may find the NOFO, Frequently Asked Questions, and other helpful resources here.


Upcoming Trainings / Meetings

2023 Biennial FTA State and Tribal Programs and Transit Partnerships Conference

August 16-18, 2023

Washington, D.C.

This biannual conference, which FTA co-sponsors with AASHTO, APTA, and CTAA, brings together state departments of transportation, tribal transit providers and others to discuss funding and initiatives for rural and tribal areas. Learn about FTA’s grant programs focused on support for rural areas and funding opportunities from FTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

FTA's Website

Southwestern TTAP Project Management Training

August 22-24, 2023

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Albuquerque, NM


National Summit on Rural Road Safety

September 12-14, 2023

Oklahoma City

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Registration now open for NTICC 2023!

September 24-28

Anchorage, Alaska

NTICC Info & Registration

National Congress of American Indians

80th Annual Convention & Marketplace

November 12-17, 2023

New Orleans, LA

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Deadlines to Make Note Of

Funding Deadlines:

August 21: Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Program

Event Registration Dates:

August 18: National Summit on Rural Road Safety Earlybird rates end

August 22: Registration deadline for SWTTAP Project Management Training

(register by August 15 to have complimentary lunch included)

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Aug. 16-18

Aug. 22-24

Sept. 12-14

Sept. 24-28

Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Nov. 12-17

FTA State and Tribal Programs and Transit Partnerships Conference

Southwestern TTAP Project Management Training

National Summit on Rural Road Safety


TTPCC Meeting in Washington, DC (tentative)

NCAI Convention & Marketplace

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