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R926. Transportation, Program Development.

Rule R926-8. Guidelines for Partnering with Local Governments.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R926-8-1. Purpose and Authority.

The purpose of this rule is to increase the State's ability to carry out improvements on State highways by allowing counties and municipalities to provide local matching dollars or participate through other methods, such as providing right-of-way. This rule is required by Section 72-2-123(1) and is enacted under the authority of Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act and Section 72-1-201.

R926-8-2. Process for Approving or Denying Proposals.

(1) If a county or municipality wishes to participate in a State highway improvement program, it shall notify the department and the Transportation Commission, in writing, at the earliest available opportunity and provide the information listed in Paragraphs (a) through (e). The county or municipality is encouraged to work with the department in formulating and developing the necessary information.

(a) Details of the specific improvement.

(b) A statement indicating whether the improvement has already been programmed into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and, if not, whether it is in the Long-Range Plan and the phase of the Long-Range Plan.

(c) A textual description of the improvement, along with any engineering or technical information that may have been prepared.

(d) A statement indicating whether any environmental or other federal clearances or permits will be necessary and, if so, the status of any federal applications.

(e) The type of local participation being proposed and the source of any funding.

(f) A textual description of the benefit that the improvement will bring to the State highway system and the county or municipality along with its costs.

(2) Proposals for participation with local matching dollars will be accepted only if:

(a) environmental clearances are completed or highly probable; and

(b) the improvement is already programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); or

(c) the improvement is part of the Long-Range Plan and the Transportation Commission determines that advancing the project will not defer other projects that are already prioritized and programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

(3) The Transportation Commission may not consider local matching dollars unless the state provides an equal opportunity to raise local matching dollars for state highway improvements within each county, as required by Subsection 72-1-304(3)(b).

(4) Local matching dollars cannot be funded by federal funds, except with:

(a) Federal transportation (highway) formula funds normally programmed by local entities; or

(b) Federal discretionary funds with prior joint agreement by UDOT and the local entity. Nevertheless, earmarks in transportation authorizing legislation cannot be used for local match.

(5) Private sources or contributions may be considered part of local matching dollars if they pass through the local government.

(6) Upon receiving a partnering proposal, the Transportation Commission will be notified in a forthcoming public meeting. The department shall evaluate the proposal and all accompanying information to see whether it complies with this rule, is complete and feasible. The department shall also calculate an independent cost estimate.

(7) The department shall review the proposal and make a recommendation to the Transportation Commission at a public meeting along with the reasons for recommending denial or approval using the criteria listed in these rules for its review.

(8) At anytime in this process, the department may contact the county or municipality for additional information and may incorporate amendments requested by the county or municipality in its evaluation.

(9) The department shall notify the county or municipality of the date, time, and location of the Transportation Commission meeting that will hear the proposal. The department shall provide the county or municipality with at least 30 days written notice.

R926-8-3. Factors Used to Consider Proposals.

(1) In deciding whether to approve a county's or municipality's request for partnering, the Transportation Commission shall evaluate the proposal with the following factors in mind:

(a) whether the requested improvement is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), or the Long-Range Plan and, if part of the Long-Range Plan, will not delay any of the projects already included in the STIP;

(b) the benefits of the improvement to the State highway system and the county or municipality;

(c) the costs of the improvement;

(d) level of local commitment, based on the amount or percentage of funding proposed;

(e) whether the proposed improvement was subject to a local planning initiative;

(f) whether the improvement will alleviate significant existing or future congestion or hazards to the traveling public or provide other substantial improvements to the transportation system;

(g) whether the proposal has the potential to extend department resources to other needs; and

(h) whether the proposed improvement fulfills a need widely recognized by the public, elected officials, and transportation planners.

(2)(a) If a proposed improvement is to a surface street that approaches an interchange or ramp or for a new interchange or ramp and is being undertaken for economic development, the county or municipality shall provide at least a fifty percent (50%) local match. The match can include private contributions that are administered through the local entity. (Economic development may include such things as employment growth, employment retention, retail sales, tourism growth, freight movements, tax base increase, and traveler or user cost savings as compared to construction costs.)

(b) If a proposed improvement is to a surface street that approaches an interchange or ramp or for a new interchange or ramp and is being undertaken to relieve traffic congestion or to improve safety, the local match, if any, may be determined based on the benefit derived by the local entity.

R926-8-4. Record of Proposal and Interlocal Agreements.

(1) The department shall maintain a record on each partnering proposal. Except for individual records in the file that may be classified private or protected, the contents of the file shall otherwise be public.

(2) If the Transportation Commission agrees to the partnering proposal, the department shall develop an interlocal agreement with the county or municipality that will set forth the proposal, the method of participation, the work that will be done, and projected timelines.


transportation, local governments, partnering, highways

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 22, 2006

Notice of Continuation

July 7, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R926, please contact the promulgating agency (Transportation, Program Development). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.