Funding guide

Transportation - Utilities Program (through EO: Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment 2012)


Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Transportation


Federal Agency

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Agency Overview

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.

Program Name

Utilities Program (through EO: Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment 2012)

Program Overview

It has been recognized that it is in the public interest for utility facilities to jointly use the right-of-way of public roads and streets when such use and occupancy does not adversely affect highway or traffic safety, or otherwise impair the highway or its aesthetic quality, and does not conflict with the provisions of Federal, State, or local laws and regulations. The opportunity for such joint use avoids the additional cost of acquiring separate right-of-way for the exclusive accommodation of utilities. As a result, the right-of-way of highways, particularly local roads and streets, is often used to provide public services to abutting residents as well as to serve conventional highway needs.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
Eligible Recipients
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities

Agency Contact

Julie Johnston, Utility & Value Engineering Program Manager, (202) 591-5858
julie.johnston@dot.gov

Funding Type

Indirect