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Local Scoping

The purpose of this program is to provide federal funds directly to member subregions for the advancement of projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and preliminary engineering, thereby developing a solution to a defined problem and making the project eligible for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is a list of proposed improvements developed through the planning process and scheduled for implementation within a five-year period. A subregion is a county and the cities of Jersey City and Newark. Municipalities are eligible for the Local Scoping Program but must work through their appropriate subregion. Projects must be part of the National Highway System or be designated a Federal Aid road.

A project is considered to be "Scoped" when it has received a Categorical Exclusion, a Finding of No Adverse Affect, or a Record of Decision under NEPA from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and a Design Report including any design exceptions and that the preliminary engineering is completed. An important aspect of Scoping is the public involvement process that is required under NEPA. A decision to either advance a project for inclusion in the STIP and an eventual final design, right of way purchase and construction, or a decision to discontinue the project will be the result of the Scoping process. If a decision is made to advance the project to construction, funding will be provided either through the Local Lead Program, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), or other sources. A completed Scoping project does not guarantee construction funding.

Since the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) administer this program, all subregions are encouraged to contact their respective MPO for more detailed information concerning the program. The information provided in this handbook is only presented as a general guide. Each MPO may have different procedures for the completion of the Scoping process.

A list of MPOs located in the State of New Jersey and the subregions covered is provided in the Federal Aid Handbook (pdf 240k).

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files which is available at our state Adobe Acrobat Access page.

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