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This category includes landscape planning, design, and construction projects that enhance the aesthetic or ecological resources along highways, other transportation corridors (railways, bike paths, sidewalks, etc.), points of access, and lands qualifying for other categories of Transportation Enhancement activities. For example, projects that enhance the aesthetic resources or restore the ecological balance of the transportation system may include scenic overlooks as well as restoration of historic landscapes. Transportation Enhancement funds cannot be used for routine, incidental, or maintenance activities.

Allowable Uses

  • Linear highway landscaping, landscaping at interchanges, landscaping at noise barriers, landscaping bridge ends, etc.
  • Landscaping as part of other eligible Transportation Enhancement categories.
  • The reintroduction of native or endangered plants or trees.
  • Streetscape projects, including lighting, historic sidewalk pavers, benches, planting containers, decorative walls and walkways, signs, public art, historical markers, etc.

Unallowable Uses

  • Routine, incidental, or maintenance activities such as cutting grass, tree pruning or removal, erosion control, screen planting, etc.
  • Construction of noise barriers or drainage improvements.
  • Post-construction finish work such as replanting or reseeding.

Budget Items for Consideration

  • Engineering Fees
  • Environmental
  • Grading
  • Debris Removal
  • Hauling
  • Dumping
  • Irrigation
  • Planting

Notes: Contingency amounts more than 10% over a two-year period must be accompanied by a detailed explanation.

Related Links:
Transportation Enhancement Program Instructions and Application
Adopt an Interchange Program