Can the City pay for the project to get it started earlier?

The City received $8,000,000 in federal grant funds for this project. Use of the federal funds requires the City to adhere to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and IDOT requirements. One of those requirements calls for the City to wait to receive IDOT approval before starting final engineering work.  The City may start the engineering prior to receipt of IDOT’s approval; however, all work done prior to IDOT’s approval must be funded 100% with City funds. The final engineering for this project is approximately $1,000,000. The grant provides approximately $800,000 for the final engineering. By starting before receiving IDOT approval the City may lose $800,000 in grant funding.