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statement by the Secretary imposes an obligation against Federal funds which is automatically revised if changes are required when final action is taken for each of the succeeding steps. The estimate of cost accompanying the plans may be greater or less than the amount given in the approved project statement and upon this estimate the project agreement is based. Again, when the work is completed the amount of Federal funds actually paid may be less than the amount stated in the project agreement; it is never greater. Many project agreements are amended, however, if valid reasons are given for such actions. The sum of the Federal aid amounts in the active steps of all projects is considered the total amount to which the Federal Gofernment is obligated on account of apportioned funds.
On the 1st of July, 1922, of the total Federal-aid funds apportioned, $297,018,921 were obligated as above indicated, leaving an unobligated balance of $42,856,079. Splitting the obligated amount between the different stages, we had $33,644,638 in project statements approved, $21,093,729 in plans recommended, $139,960,758 in agreements executed where projects have not been completed, and $102,318,796 for projects entirely completed and paid for. On this same date there were $242,068,961 in Federal-aid funds under construction, including completed work, leaving available for new construction $97,806,039. Of this construction total, work to the value of $194,560,135 was completed, some of it in entire projects and some of it in the completed portions of projects under construction. The amounts actually paid to States out of the Treasury for Federal aid on the above date total $166,901,363.29. The difference between this amount and the value of completed work was about $27,650,000, which is the unvouchered balance remaining unpaid on account of completed work. The projects actually under construction (not including projects completed) on the above date involve $109,989,757 in Federal funds.
The total of funds appropriated by or for the States as of July 1, 1922, on account of approved Federal aid projects was $394,193,155. The ratio of Federal participation averaged 424 per cent and varied from 24 per cent in Delaware and 33 per cent in Kansas and Arkansas to approximately 49 per cent in Vermont, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, and Utah and practically 50 per cent in New Mexico. The total program, including both Federal and local funds, amounted to $691,212,080. There is a table attached showing this information by States.
WORK DONE, MILEAGES.
Up to July 1 of 1922 the mileage involved in the projects for which Federal funds had been obligated to the States was 39,940.2; of this 14,513.3 was in 1,612 projects under construction and 17,716.4 in 2.876 projects on which construction had been entirely completed. The projects under construction were 56 per cent completed, but the equivalent mileage of about 8,127 is not included in the mileage of completed projects. A table showing the construction status is attached. The average length of the completed projects was 5.5
miles and varied from 1.8 miles, the average for the New England States, to 9 miles for the West South Central States of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
WORK DONE, TYPES BUILT, ETC.
Of the work completed 22 per cent has been in grading, 60 per cent in surfacing, 14 per cent in structures, and the remainder miscellaneous.
The percentages of the different types built have been as follows:
16.4 12.3 37.8 2.7 3.4
19.6 2.1 5.2
Graded and drained..
In addition to the detailed statements relative to the work done under the Federal aid and Federal highway acts, which form the greater part of this report, the following general information concerning the work done during the fiscal year 1922 is presented:
$49, 042, 465 Federal aid agreements executed....................................
42, 504, 876 Federal aid work placed under construction........
56, 777, 610 Federal aid work completed and final payment made during year....... 79, 816, 186 Amount paid States (including progress payments on work under construction)......
......... 88, 216, 122
6, 782 Completed during the fiscal year......
.........do.... 9,552 Total mileage completed and final payment made at end of fiscal year 1922...
...............miles.. 13, 355
FOREST ROADS. Forest roads under construction....
578 Estimated final cost of forest roads under construction................. $6,542, 128 Forest roads completed during fiscal year........
369 Final cost of forest roads completed.......
. $4,293, 609 Total forest road mileage completed to end of fiscal year ........ miles..
miles.. 1, 339 The Federal highway act of 1921 included a number of new provisions, of which the most important was that a system of roads, comprising not over 7 per cent of the total road mileage, be selected in each State, the same to be divided into primary and secondary interconnected systems. In carrying out this provision of the act, the various States were requested to submit tentative highway systems. By the end of the fiscal year most of the Sates had complied with this request, and in all of the bureau's field offices, qualified engineers were studying these proposed systems, adjusting differences, and harmonizing con
necting points at State boundary lines in order to so perfect and correlate the proposed systems as to permit of their presentation to the Secretary for his approval. This work has progressed in an entirely satisfactory manner, such progress having already been made that it is thought that most of the State systems will have been presented to the Secretary before the end of the next fiscal year.
Another matter which has required a considerable amount of attention is the question as to what States have laws which enable them to meet fully the new provisions of the Federal highway act. At the end of the fiscal year it had been possible to certify to the Treasury Department, as required by section 10 of the act, that the laws governing highway work as indicated by the governors' certificates met the provisions of the act in the following States: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Exemption under section 24 of the act had also been granted to the following States: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. The status of the other States was under consideration with every prospect that the examination of all questions involved would be completed at an early date.
The requirement in section 15 of the act of 1921 that maps be prepared has been the subject of much thought and plans for this work are in an advanced stage. It has, however, been deemed advisable to delay the actual preparation of maps until the State systems are approved.
Under section 5 of the act, a large amount of surplus war equipment has been turned over for distribution to the States. This work continued throughout the fiscal year and at the end of the year was progressing rapidly and steadily, but with no indication that the volume of material available for distribution would diminish for some time to come.
Total Federal and State Funds in approved projects.
Total Federal and State Funds in approved projects—Continued.
mated cost Total Fed- Total State
eral aid. funds. projects.
8, 437, 998
8,532, 251 17, 920, 313 7,878,853
743, 335 4, 437,512 4,550, 145 7,671,630 17,756, 495 3,481, 463 1,171,523 5,939, 037 4,924, 714 3. 720, 258 6,763,510 4,001, 151
7, 241, 476 10,752,689 15,310,702
4,989, 501 10,496, 890 5,616,957 6, 108,933 2,649, 134 1,401, 754 8,476, 806 3,675, 280 20,887, 646 8,620, 535
4,271,560 23, 179, 352 8, 137,572 5,939. 459 27,139,098
1,069,319 5,362, 498 4,673,330 7,816,618 31, 182, 029 2,994, 235 1, 228, 209 6, 128, 075 6,019, 663
4,811,993 11, 156,803
3,877, 702 394, 193, 155