On-System Enhancement Projects

Transportation Enhancement Activities - State (TEAS)

Originally established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991, Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEAS) program was designed to compliment surface transportation facilities by stressing mobility, protection of human and natural environment, community preservation, sustainability and livability. Enhancement projects provide partnership opportunities between WYDOT and local governments, state agencies, and federal agencies.

TEAS projects are a sub-component of the federal Surface Transportation Program. In authorizing the enhancement program, Congress expressly provided certain streamlining provisions, innovative finance, and cost share provisions for enhancement projects. Excellent guidance for transportation enhancement activities is available at the following web address: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pgc/.

In order to establish eligibility, a TEAS project must qualify in one of the 12 categories listed below and show a clear link to transportation.

  • Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles.
  • Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites (including historic battlefields).
  • Scenic or historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities).
  • Landscaping and other scenic beautification.
  • Historic preservation.
  • Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals).
  • Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use of the corridors for pedestrian or bicycle trails).
  • Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising.
  • Archaeological planning and research.
  • Environmental mitigation
    • to address water pollution due to highway runoff; or
    • reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity.
  • Establishment of transportation museums.

Application and Funding Information

TEAS projects do not have an annual application period and are initiated by a written request to the WYDOT District Engineer, who then reviews the request and considers its merits in context of the State Highway System.  To be eligible for consideration:

  • Projects must be located within, or immediately adjacent to, a State Highway System Route; and
  • Projects must not compromise highway safety, drainage or have other negative impacts on the motoring public.

TEAS projects may compliment other Transportation Enhancement Activities - Local (TEAL) projects or enhancement efforts of the project sponsor.  TEAS projects may be matched at a 90.49% Federal and 9.51% Local/State funding ratio.

Contact Information:

District 1
District 2
Ralph Tarango
Mark Ayen
3411 S. 3rd Street
900 Bryan Stock Trail
Laramie, WY 82070
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 745-2100
(307) 473-3200
District 3
District 4
John Eddins
Scott Taylor
3200 Elk Street
10 East Brundage Road
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Sheridan, WY 82801
(307) 352-3000
(307) 674-2300
District 5
Pete Hallsten
P.O. Box 461
Basin, WY 82410
(307) 568-3400