Project Priority Programming Process (4P)

Per federal regulation 23 CFR 450.216 (a)-(o), each State is required to develop a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is Colorado's six-year, short-range plan for state and federally funded transportation projects. Colorado develops this plan in cooperation with the rural Transportation Planning Regions (TPRs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). These entities, in turn, gather input from their local constituents so that the adopted STIP is the result of a grassroots effort and reflects the comprehensive needs of the broad public.

The ColoradoTransportation Commission, in cooperation with Colorado Counties Incorporated (CCI), the Colorado Municipal League (CML) and the MPOs established the "Project Priority Programming Process" (4P) as a guide for the development of Colorado's STIP.  Per SAFETEA-LU, CDOT updates the STIP at least once every four years. To facilitate this process, each CDOT Engineering Region, represented by the Regional Transportation Director (RTD), is required to meet individually with each of its TPRs to discuss project selection and prioritization within that TPR.

CDOT Regions and local entities also have the option of holding countywide meetings in advance of the TPR meeting or even annually. These optional countywide meetings may include county and municipal officials and TPR representatives, as well as Transportation Commissioner(s) and/or CDOT Region RTDs. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss project status, priorities, and proposed revisions to the STIP and/or long-range plan.

For more information on the 4P process, please see the 4P STIP Development Guidelines approved by the Transportation Commission on 9/17/2009.