Next Steps for LCTM Funding

With the low carbon transportation materials (LCTM) program’s State Request for Application having closed on June 10, the FHWA is now processing the applications it received, with award announcements anticipated later in the summer.

The LCTM program is also making $800 million available to non-state applicants (e.g., cities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations (MTOs), tribes, Federal Land Management Agencies, and special purpose districts with a transportation function), and the Notice of Funding Opportunity is expected to be announced this summer.

FOR STATE HIGHWAY AGENCIES (SHAs)

Next Steps: Teaming Opportunities

Once a state’s application is approved, the next step will be to develop Implementation Process Reports (IPRs). More information from the FHWA will be forthcoming regarding IPRs and their requirements. It is expected LCTM funding will cover costs not directly associated with construction, including the cost in developing the IPRs, training, outreach, monitoring and more.

RC3 sees great potential for efficiency gains if states form regional alliances and unite as teams to optimize funds. We encourage agencies to begin exploring topics others in their region have in common (e.g., training, EPD dashboards, performance monitoring) and begin to develop partnerships. This will enable all parties to move quickly once funding is available.

RC3/SHA Informational Meeting

RC3 will continue its regular video meetings, with the next meeting taking place July 10, 2024, at 2:00 PM Eastern. Agencies who applied for LCTM grant funding are encouraged to attend and begin readying themselves for LCTM program execution. Contact Kevin Senn at KSenn@ncenet.com to receive a meeting link.

Additionally, any SHA representative who is aware of city, county, metropolitan, tribal or other non-SHA organizations who can benefit from LCTM funding, please reach out to them and connect them with RC3. Collaboration between state and non-state entities will improve outcomes for the overall infrastructure within each state/region.

FOR NON-STATE HIGHWAY AGENCIES (NON-SHAs)

FHWA has stated program requirements for non-SHAs will be the same as for SHAs. However, the application process is expected to be competitively awarded and formally managed through Grants.gov, so RC3 is preparing to support non-SHA applicants with the expectation significant one-on-one interactions will be required.

LCTM monies must be used for Title 23 eligible projects.

FOR CONTRACTORS

RC3 understands more than 35 state highway agencies submitted applications for LCTM funding. Contractors should begin preparing the materials those agencies will need to request from them in order to maintain compliance with their funding awards. See RC3’s “Contractor Information” page for the information you need to begin now.

FOR CEMENT AND CONCRETE PARTNERS

RC3 has begun, and will continue, to brief cement industry representatives and other concrete partners on the LCTM program and EPDs. Highlights of our current presentation include discussing LCTM program goals and the expectation that each state use construction materials and products that have “substantially lower” levels of embodied GHG emissions.

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