This bill amends several statutory provisions regarding the Corridors of Commerce (COC) program highway project selection process.
Section 1 removes language that directs the commissioner of transportation to establish the COC program eligibility requirements.
Section 2 states that the process for identifying, evaluating and selecting COC projects, as established by the commissioner, must be consistent with requirements as listed in statute and must not include any other selection criteria. The commissioner is directed to adopt a policy that assigns weights to program criteria and assigns each potential project a score based on these criteria. The list of prioritized projects must be made public.
Section 3 directs the commissioner to create a COC long-term plan that includes and prioritizes COC eligible projects.
Section 4 makes changes to the required annual legislative report on the COC program. The report must include the policy required under section 2 of this bill, a list of all evaluated projects and their scores, and the eligibility determination for all candidate project recommendations.