Transportation Needs Beyond the Capacity of the Core Program
"Mega" transportation projects are projects, such as a major bridge or road repair, that require a much larger amount of funding than is available on an annual basis. Megaprojects include nationally significant transportation facilities that have become functionally obsolete or have exceeded their design life and require large investments to bring them back to good condition. These investments are beyond the capacity of the Federal Lands Transportation Program's (FLTP) annual allocation. The majority of FLTP funds are used for "transportation asset management" - that is, keeping our existing roads, bridges and tunnels in good condition.
A megaproject's cost can range from $25 million to replace a bridge up to nearly a $1 billion to modernize a road system for safety and current standards. The benefits of improving the NPS aging transportation infrastructure is far reaching and opportunities to improve and modernize large park transportation facilities requires partnering with stakeholders and engaging State Departments of Transportation.