Accommodating public utilities on highway right-of-way has traditionally been at no cost to the utility, or only involves direct cost reimbursement for replacement ROW. This reflects a public policy that supports limiting the burden on taxpayers for basic municipal services. Pressure to accommodate a growing number of entities who seek private uses of public rights-of-way may require changes in State laws and agency regulations. Demands for accommodating new technologies such as ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) are causing many states and local governments to re-evaluate past policies and seek to gain benefits from their land assets by making their rights-of-way available for these uses.
Local Government; State Government
Eligible Recipients Detail:
Non-highway use of federal rights of way by State and Local Government; Tribal Entities
Last Mile Connectivity; Middle Mile Connectivity; Backbone Connectivity; Broadband Deployment Planning/Feasibility Studies
Eligible Purpose Detail:
Broadband may be eligible for reimbursement with federal-aid highway funds if it supports a transportation use.