Surface Transportation Block Grant

The Surface Transportation Block Grant (formerly referred to as STU)  are federal funds allocated annually to the urbanized area through IDOT which are programmed by PPUATS. STBG funds may be used to fully or partially fund regionally-significant roadway projects in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA): 

  1. New roadway projects
  2. Roadway enhancement projects
  3. Roadway resurfacing projects

Eligible Activities/Projects

For a detailed list of eligible projects, see the most current guidelines for PPUATS STU Application Procedures and Selection Criteria for New Roadways & Existing Roadways or the Resurfacing Pilot Program

  • Construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or operational improvements of roadways
  • Projects relating to intersections that have high accident rates and/or high congestion levels
  • Capital costs for transit projects eligible for assistance under Chapter 53 of Title 49
  • Transportation alternatives, including recreational trails
  • INELIGIBLE: Engineering, ROW Acquisition, Utility Relocation, all other activities otherwise eligible under 23 USC 133 Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of PPUATS are eligible to apply for funding. Non-member local jurisdictions within the MPA must be sponsored by a PPUATS member.


The most recent project selection process was completed July 2017. Stay tuned for future funding announcements expected early 2019.