The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an independent federal agency created through the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965.
The purpose of the ARC Local Access Road Program is to assist in providing adequate access to qualifying establishments in the Appalachian Region to better link the region’s businesses, communities and residents to the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), as well as to other key parts of the region’s transportation network.
No new funds are authorized for the ADHS program.
Virginia is authorized to use up to $3 million annually for local access roads, from balances of funds that have been allocated to it for the Appalachian Development Highway Program, except funds specifically designated by Congress for corridor construction.
The Federal-Aid Highway Program is a reimbursable program. Thus, project recipients only receive reimbursement for the federal share of actual costs incurred.
The federal share for a project to construct a highway or access road on the ADHS with ADHS program funds that the state received in Fiscal Year 2012 or a previous year, or funds received during fiscal years 2012 through 2021 for a specific ADHS project, route, or corridor, shall be funded at 100 percent.
ARC Local Access Road Program Guide
Local Development Districts: Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, New River Valley Planning District Commission, Roanoke Valley–Alleghany Regional Commission, West Piedmont Planning District Commission
LDD Contact Information
Virginia Counties in Appalachia: Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe
Virginia Independent Cities in Appalachia: Bristol, Buena Vista, Covington, Galax, Lexington, Martinsville, Norton, and Radford
Virginia Department of Transportation
Local Assistance Division
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219