Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) is a federal-aid program of the Federal Highway Administration created under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.

The CMAQ authorizing statutes have since been amended to allow minimum apportionment states to use funds for CMAQ authorized uses throughout the state rather than just in air quality nonattainment and maintenance areas. 

CMAQ is designed to fund transportation projects and programs that contribute to the attainment or maintenance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

In Wyoming, three main objectives have been set for CMAQ funds:

  • Maintaining and/or bringing areas  into attainment with the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter; 
  • Enabling local governments to alleviate the air-quality issues created by energy development and other industrial activity in their vicinities;
  • Supplement the STP program throughout the state as determined by the Wyoming Transportation Commission.

Application and Funding Information

WYDOT provides $2 million each year of passthrough funding for local governments to administer CMAQ projects. The application is made available on or around July 1st of each year with a minimum application period of 45 days. 

Projects selected for funding are eligible for reimbursement of expenses on a Federal Share basis of 80/20.  Typically, request for funding far exceed the program allocation and overmatch by the project sponsor is encouraged.

Preference is given to projects in energy and industrially impacted areas designed to mitigate airborne particulate matter. The project application should address the current air-quality conditions and how the proposed project will improve these conditions. Applicants should also address their plans for both pre-project and post-project air-quality monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the project.

Other project types may be considered as outlined in the FHWA guidance on a case-by-case basis.

Project Selection

Typically, CMAQ projects are proposed by the affected county government.  The county, or its duly authorized representative, will submit the application that clearly identifies the project boundaries.

Applications are compiled by the Local Government Coordination (LGC) Office and reviewed by an Advisory Selection Committee. The committee is appointed by the Wyoming Transportation Commission and is currently comprised of members nominated by the following entities:

  • The Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA);
  • The Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA);
  • The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ);
  • The Office of the Governor of Wyoming;
  • Federal agencies (Federal Highway Administration - FHWA).

A listing of historical projects can be found here. A map of historical Safe Routes to School projects can be found here.

Please Contact:

 

Janelle Leonard    
Local Program Coordinator    
5300 Bishop Blvd.    
Cheyenne, WY 82009    
(307) 777-4179    
     
David Herdt    
Local Programs Specialist    
5300 Bishop Blvd.    
Cheyenne, WY 82009    
(307) 777-4862    
     

Application for FY2021 Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program (CMAQ) funding is now open

The application for FY2021 Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program (CMAQ) funding is now open and can be found here. It will be open from July 2, 2020 through August 17, 2020. Information pertaining to the proposed time frame can be found on the Application Cover Letter.  

Please note the following important information: 

You MUST have an individual employed by your agency who has completed the Local Public Agency (LPA) Certification prior to submitting your application. The next LPA Certification will be held July 15, 2020 in Casper. Information on registration can be found here (Safety Congress is the link you will choose to register).

If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (307) 777-4179.