Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection, 56910-56911 [E9-26370]

Download as PDF 56910 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 3, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2009–0111] Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for the renewal of a currently approved information collection that is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by January 4, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number FHWA–2009–0111, by any of the following methods: Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kenneth Epstein, 202–366–2157, Office of Safety, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Highway Safety Improvement Program. OMB Control No: 2125–0025. Background: The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU) amended Section 148 of Title 23 U.S.C. to establish a new ‘‘core’’ Highway VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:15 Nov 02, 2009 Jkt 220001 Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) that provides funds to State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to improve conditions at hazardous highway locations and hazardous railway-highway grade crossings on all public roads, including those maintained by Federal, State and local agencies. The existing provisions of Title 23 U.S.C. Sections 130, RailwayHighway Crossings Program, and 152, Hazard Elimination Program, as well as implementing regulations in 23 CFR 924, remain in effect. Included in these combined provisions are requirements for State DOTs to annually produce and submit to FHWA by August 31 three reports related to the conduct and effectiveness of their HSIPs, that are to include information on: (a) Progress being made to implement HSIP projects and the effectiveness of these projects in reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities [Sections 148(g) and 152(g)]; (b) progress being made to implement the Railway-Highway Crossings Program and the effectiveness of the projects in that program [Sections 130(g) and 148(g)], which will be used by FHWA to produce and submit biennial reports to Congress required on April 1, beginning April 1, 2006; and (c) description of at least 5 percent of the State’s highway locations exhibiting the most severe safety needs, including an estimate of the potential remedies, their costs, and impediments to their implementation other than cost for each of the locations listed (i.e., the ‘‘5 percent report’’) [Section 148(c)(1)(D)]. To be able to produce these reports, State DOTs must have crash data and analysis systems capable of identifying and determining the relative severity of hazardous highway locations on all public roads, and determining the ‘‘before’’ and ‘‘after’’ crash experiences at HSIP project locations. This information provides FHWA with a means for monitoring the effectiveness of these programs and may be used by Congress for determining the future HSIP program structure and funding levels. Per SAFETEA–LU, State DOTs have much flexibility in the methodology they use to rank the relative severity of their public road locations in terms of fatalities and serious injuries. The list of 5 percent of these locations exhibiting the most severe safety needs will result from the ranking methodology used, and may include roadway segments and/or intersections. For example, a State may compare its roadway locations against statewide average rates of fatalities and serious injuries per 100 million vehicle miles traveled for similar type facilities and determine that those segments PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 whose rates exceed the statewide rates are the locations with the ‘‘most severe’’ safety needs, and then at least 5 percent of those locations would be included in the required annual report. Respondents: 51 State Transportation Departments, including the District of Columbia. Frequency: Annually. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 500 hours (This is an increase of 300 burden hours from the current OMB approved 200 burden hours. The new report will take an additional 300 hours plus the 200 hours for the existing two reports). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 25,500 hours (51 responses at an average of 500 hours each). Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burdens could be minimized, including use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued on: October 28, 2009. Tina Campbell, Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. E9–26371 Filed 11–2–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA 2009–0115] Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for the renewal of a currently approved information collection that is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 3, 2009 / Notices are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by January 4, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number FHWA–2009–0115, by any of the following methods: Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Raj Ailaney, Office of Bridge Technology, HIBT–1, (202) 366–6749, Fax (202) 366–3077, or e-mail Raj.Ailaney@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. Robert Black, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366–1359, robert.black@dot.gov; Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Room E84–461, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) Program. Background: The Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) program was established by the passage of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU), Public Law 109– 59 on Aug. 10, 2005. Per Section 5202(b)(1) of SAFETEA–LU, the Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to promote, demonstrate, evaluate, and document the application of innovative designs, materials, and construction methods in the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of bridges and other highway structures. This program was funded by SAFETEA–LU, Section 5101(a)(1) at $13.1 M for each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Of this amount, $4.125 M for fiscal years 2006 through 2009 was directed to conduct research and deploy technologies related to highperformance concrete bridges. The VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:15 Nov 02, 2009 Jkt 220001 actual amount available varied in yearly congressional appropriations. For fiscal year 2008, Congress rescinded the IBRD program. Under the current Continuing Resolution, the IBRD Program is authorized and continued for FY 2010. The IBRD activities include identification and selection of candidate projects from 50 State DOTs, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, which meet one or more goals of the program as established by the Congress. Projects may be selected that meet one or more program goals as follows: A. The development of new, costeffective, innovative highway bridge applications; B. The development of construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion; C. The development of engineering design criteria for innovative products, materials, and structural systems for use in highway bridges and structures; D. The reduction of maintenance costs and life-cycle costs of bridges, including costs of new construction, replacement or rehabilitation of deficient bridges; E. The development of highway bridges and structures that will withstand natural disasters; F. The documentation and wide dissemination of objective evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative designs, materials, and construction methods; G. The effective transfer of resulting information and technology; and H. The development of improved methods to detect bridge scour and economical bridge foundation designs that will withstand bridge scour. Additional activities include collection of project information, documentation, promotion and wide dissemination of objective evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative designs, materials, and construction methods resulting from the project studies. Respondents: 50 State Departments of Transportation, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Frequency: Annual. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: It is estimated that a total of 100 responses will be received to give us a total annual burden of 100 hours. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56911 (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued On: October 28, 2009. Tina Campbell, Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. E9–26370 Filed 11–2–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. FRA–2009–0001–N–26] Notice and Request for Comments AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirement (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 24, 2009 (74 FR 42732). DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 3, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS– 21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 3rd Floor, Mail Stop 25, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6292), or Ms. Nakia Jackson, Office of Information Technology, RAD–20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 3rd Floor, Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493–6073). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104–13, Section 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR Part 1320, require Federal agencies to issue E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA 2009-0115]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for 
Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for the 
renewal of a currently approved information collection that is 
summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We

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are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by January 4, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
FHWA-2009-0115, by any of the following methods:
    Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Raj Ailaney, Office of Bridge 
Technology, HIBT-1, (202) 366-6749, Fax (202) 366-3077, or e-mail 
Raj.Ailaney@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. Robert 
Black, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1359, 
robert.black@dot.gov; Federal Highway Administration, Department of 
Transportation, Room E84-461, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) Program.
    Background: The Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) 
program was established by the passage of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), 
Public Law 109-59 on Aug. 10, 2005. Per Section 5202(b)(1) of SAFETEA-
LU, the Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to promote, 
demonstrate, evaluate, and document the application of innovative 
designs, materials, and construction methods in the construction, 
repair, and rehabilitation of bridges and other highway structures.
    This program was funded by SAFETEA-LU, Section 5101(a)(1) at $13.1 
M for each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Of this amount, 
$4.125 M for fiscal years 2006 through 2009 was directed to conduct 
research and deploy technologies related to high-performance concrete 
bridges. The actual amount available varied in yearly congressional 
appropriations. For fiscal year 2008, Congress rescinded the IBRD 
program. Under the current Continuing Resolution, the IBRD Program is 
authorized and continued for FY 2010.
    The IBRD activities include identification and selection of 
candidate projects from 50 State DOTs, Puerto Rico and the District of 
Columbia, which meet one or more goals of the program as established by 
the Congress. Projects may be selected that meet one or more program 
goals as follows:
    A. The development of new, cost-effective, innovative highway 
bridge applications;
    B. The development of construction techniques to increase safety 
and reduce construction time and traffic congestion;
    C. The development of engineering design criteria for innovative 
products, materials, and structural systems for use in highway bridges 
and structures;
    D. The reduction of maintenance costs and life-cycle costs of 
bridges, including costs of new construction, replacement or 
rehabilitation of deficient bridges;
    E. The development of highway bridges and structures that will 
withstand natural disasters;
    F. The documentation and wide dissemination of objective 
evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative 
designs, materials, and construction methods;
    G. The effective transfer of resulting information and technology; 
and
    H. The development of improved methods to detect bridge scour and 
economical bridge foundation designs that will withstand bridge scour.

Additional activities include collection of project information, 
documentation, promotion and wide dissemination of objective 
evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative 
designs, materials, and construction methods resulting from the project 
studies.
    Respondents: 50 State Departments of Transportation, the District 
of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
    Frequency: Annual.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: It is estimated that a total 
of 100 responses will be received to give us a total annual burden of 
100 hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued On: October 28, 2009.
Tina Campbell,
Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division.
[FR Doc. E9-26370 Filed 11-2-09; 8:45 am]
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