The Annual List of Obligated Projects lists all transportation projects in the SNHPC region for which federal funds were obligated during federal fiscal year.
The Annual List of Obligated Projects is a federal requirement prepared pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 134(j)(7)(B) and 49 U.S.C. 5303(j)(7)(B), which requires that “an annual listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review.”
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines “obligated” as “the federal government’s legal commitment to pay or reimburse the states or other entities for the federal share of a project’s eligible costs”. This reimbursement can be for projects that have been initiated in previous years, or for projects that will not be completed until future years. The final cost of a project may be different than the amount of obligated Federal funding. Similarly, funding can be “de-obligated” for projects in response to lower than expected costs, project cancellation, or other extenuating circumstances.