Utilities Program

Federal Highway Administration

Program Type:


Eligible Geography:



It has been recognized that it is in the public interest for utility facilities to jointly use the right-of- way of public roads and streets when such use and occupancy does not adversely affect highway or traffic safety, or otherwise impair the highway or its aesthetic quality, and does not conflict with the provisions of Federal, State, or local laws and regulations. The opportunity for such joint use avoids the additional cost of acquiring separate right-of-way for the exclusive accommodation of utilities. As a result, the right-of-way of highways, particularly local roads and streets, is often used to provide public services to abutting residents as well as to serve conventional highway needs.

Eligible Recipients:

Local Government; State Government

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Non-highway use of federal rights of way by State and Local Government; Tribal Entities

Eligible Purpose:

Last Mile Infrastructure; Middle Mile Infrastructure; Backbone Infrastructure; Broadband Development Planning

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Broadband may be eligible for reimbursement with federal-aid highway funds if it supports a transportation use as according to the Executive Order on Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment, 2012.