The coalition was composed of mayors and county commissioners that needed to address growing vehicle congestion on a US highway linking a major city to the growing suburban areas. The coalition was seeking federal funding assistance at a time when congressional earmarks were being phased out. We identified a competitive federal grant program under USDOT and were awarded funding to pursue federal credit assistance. We obtained congressional support from the delegation and worked with the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Innovative Program Delivery to advance the project. Through the credit assistance program the client, its federal and state partners, and a private sector investor put together a funding and finance solution that advanced project development and construction.