The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a contractual document that describes the coordinated transportation-planning program to be undertaken within the Lake Charles Urbanized Area. These planning activities are the joint responsibility of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) and the Lake Charles Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (as represented by IMCAL).
Under Federal planning guidelines the MPO is required to submit a work program that highlights transportation planning projects into broadly categorized planning activities and explains the funding for each activity for a fiscal year. This is done through a document called the UPWP. The funding is provided through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). FHWA funds are provided at an 80/20 match ratio, with 80% of the total funds provided by Federal funds and 20% provided by Local. The FTA funds are provided at an 80/20 ratio with 80% being Federal and 20% being Local.