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Truck Access Route Program (TARP)

The purpose of the TARP is to help local governments upgrade roads to accommodate 80,000 pound truck loads. The department has a set aside amount of TARP funding that coincides with funding for Economic Development Program projects. This should not be confused with the annual TARP solicitation through our IDOT District Offices (see below). When a local sponsor applies for EDP funding, they can also request TARP funding for the same route provided the roadway connects to an already existing designated truck route or municipality and ends at another designated truck route, truck generator, or municipality. The department will provide up to $45,000 per lane mile and $22,000 per intersection for an eligible roadway. Please note that when requesting TARP funding in conjunction with an EDP application, the TARP funding is capped at $150,000 for the overall project. Please include the exact length of the roadway and how many intersections are involved in the project with your EDP application. This information is necessary to calculate TARP funding.

TARP Fall Solicitation
Every fall IDOT solicits local projects that can be constructed during the upcoming fiscal year. We encourage you to submit your inquiries and requests for assistance to the District Local Roads and Streets office that serves your county. The state participation will not exceed 50% of the total construction costs or $900,000 whichever is less. Please contact your District Local Roads and Streets office for details of how to apply for the TARP annual program.
The following information is needed for all TARP applications:

  • A general description of the project

  • A location map

  • The limits of the project

  • Total mileage, including lane miles

  • Number of trucks per day

  • Intersections with designated truck routes only

  • Anticipated letting date

For more information on this program, please contact:

Bureau of Local Roads and Streets
Highway Systems Manager
Room 205
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62764
Phone (217) 782-3401
Fax (217) 782-3971

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