Did you know that there is approximately $370 million of unobligated earmark funds in California?
A list of projects was recently shared by the Division Chief of Local Assistance and provides details about earmarks with unobligated balances1. It’s interesting to see that there are some remaining earmarks with no local match required2 and even that have been on the books since 1991!
I recommend reviewing the list to check if your local agency was the applicant for any of these projects. Although MAP–21 eliminated earmarks, prior High Priority Projects (HPP)/Demonstration (Demo) earmarks are available until expended or rescinded by Congress. If your local agency has a proposed project that matches the legislated project description, there may be an opportunity obligate these funds.
The list also provides a good opportunity to contact your District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE) about any errors. If your local agency is listed as the Earmark Applicant for a project, reconcile the obligated amount with your records. Or if your local agency is listed incorrectly as the applicant, let your DLAE know so the appropriate information can be updated in the Caltrans Demo Database.