Local Agency Program (LAP)
Nationwide approximately 75% or 2.9 million of the 3.9 million total miles of roadway are owned and operated by local public agencies. The Local Agency Program or “LAP” is a procurement process where local towns, cities and counties develop, design, and construct transportation facilities with federal funds. The Department is the steward of the federal funds and is responsible for oversight of funded projects on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). LAP agencies prioritize and fund local projects (through their respective MPO or governing board) and are then eligible for reimbursement for the services provided to the traveling public through compliance with applicable Federal statutes, rules and regulations.
In the State of Florida, LAP is administered in each transportation District (one through seven) by a District LAP Administrator or Coordinator who provides project level support and oversight for the agencies. Functional area support for the program is provided through the District Offices of Planning, Environmental Management, Design, Right-of-Way, Policy Planning, Federal-Aid, Design, Contracts Administration, Equal Opportunity, Comptroller, and Program Management. The Central Office Statewide Local Program Administrator in turn provides statewide program oversight and policy implementation and guidance through adaptation of program standards based on federal and state requirements, rules, laws and statutes.
Eligibility to participate in LAP is determined via a certification process to determine staff resources and capabilities in transportation projects as well as assess familiarity with federally funded programs. A variety of resources are available to an agency seeking certification or one who is already active in the program. State resources may be found in the LAP Menu below. In addition, FHWA has developed the website Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies. “A transportation resource designed to help local agency professionals navigate the Federal-aid Highway Program. Federal-aid Essentials is structured for busy agency staff who wants further understanding of Federal-aid policies, procedures, and practices.”