The commissioner of transportation shall submit a report on January 15, 2009, and on January 15 of each year thereafter, on the status of major highway projects under construction or planned during the year of the report and for the ensuing 15 years. For purposes of this section, a "major highway project" is a highway project that has a total cost for all segments that the commissioner estimates at the time of the report to be at least (1) $25,000,000 in the metropolitan highway construction district, or (2) $10,000,000 in any nonmetropolitan highway construction district.
For each major highway project the report must include:
(1) a description of the project sufficient to specify its scope and location;
(2) a history of the project, including, but not limited to, previous official actions by the department or the appropriate area transportation partnership, or both, the date on which the project was first included in the state transportation improvement plan, the cost of the project at that time, the dates of environmental approval, the dates of municipal approval, the date of final geometric layout, and the date of establishment of any construction limits;
(3) the project's priority listing or rank within its construction district, if any, as well as the reasons for that listing or rank, the criteria used in prioritization or rank, any changes in that prioritization or rank since the project was first included in a department work plan, and the reasons for those changes; and
(4) past and potential future reasons for delay in letting or completing the project.
The commissioner shall prepare and submit the report with existing department staff and resources.