The Montana Department of Commerce Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) offers funding assistance to communities to make improvements to their bridges. To be eligible to receive a TSEP grant, a community must include with the applications for funding a preliminary engineering report (PER) prepared by an engineer who is licensed by the State of Montana. A well-crafted PER includes the following information:
- Why is the project needed and condition of the bridge?
- Demographic data and population trends.
- What alternatives did the community consider?
- What is the preferred alternative and how did the community come to select the preferred alternative?
- What will be the environmental impact of the proposed project?
- An estimated cost of the proposed project.
- The funding sources available to the project.
- A project budget along with a summary of how user rates will be affected.
A good PER also describes the community’s efforts to inform you about the project. With a PER, TSEP assesses the need for your project, confirms its eligibility for their funds, and base their decision to fund or not fund the application. Beyond funding, a PER is a valuable planning tool for communities to evaluate their systems and identify solutions for ensuring reliable, affordable, and resilient services and planning for the future.