Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of request for approval of a new information collection, 55458-55459 [2011-22670]

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[FR Doc. 2011–22802 Filed 9–6–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Sep 06, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2011–0085] Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of request for approval of a new information collection Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for approval of a new information collection. AGENCY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of a new 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 November 7, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 2011–0085 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: 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. 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: Lori Fields, 850–553–2204, Florida Field Office, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 545 John Knox Road Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32310, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: FHWA Exceptional Partnership Workshop Climate Survey. Type of request: New information collection requirement. Background: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) values the long-standing relationship it shares with the State Departments of Transportation (DOT) throughout the country. These relationships provide significant and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 considerable benefits to citizens of the respective States in the form of a worldclass transportation system. There have been substantial changes to our business including funding, the workforce, State and National policy dynamics and the systems used to deliver products and services to the public. What has not changed is the compelling need for a strong and enduring partnership between the FHWA and the State DOTs to ensure the safety and integrity of our highways and bridges. The FHWA has initiated a series of workshops entitled ‘‘Exceptional Partnerships’’ that are designed to assist its Division Administrators to create and sustain ‘‘exceptional’’ partnerships with their State DOTs. As part of these workshops, the FHWA proposes to use a short pre-workshop climate survey to assess the partnership of FHWA Division Administrators and their counterparts at State DOTs, the result of which will be used in the design and delivery of these workshops. The purpose of the short climate survey is to determine: (1) The perspective of the State DOT partners regarding the effectiveness of the partnerships with FHWA Divisions, (2) the factors that contribute to successful relationships, (3) the successes of and challenges to these partnerships, and (4) recommendations for improvements. FHWA will hire independent contractors to conduct informal phone interviews, approximately thirty minutes in length, with the State DOT counterpart to the participating FHWA’s Division Administrators. The contractor will manage the documentation of interview notes. Individual responses will be held in strict confidence. A summary of aggregate data will be provided to the Workshop Design Team to assist in the preparation of workshop content and materials. Quantitative and qualitative data will be gathered and analyzed to show averages, ranges, and trends. A general report of findings will be shared with participants in the workshop, but no specific answers will be shared. Respondents: 42 State DOT’s Chief Executive Officers (8 participants were interviewed previously). Frequency: 14 respondents will be interviewed annually for three years. This is a one-time collection. Estimated Average Burden per Response: It will take approximately 30 minutes per participant. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 7 hours annually (21 hours total over 3 years). Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 173 / Wednesday, September 7, 2011 / Notices randolph.everett@fhwa.gov. Regular office hours for the FHWA Washington Division Oversight Manager are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). You may also contact Allison Hanson, Director of Environmental Services—Mega Projects, SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program Office, 600 Stewart Street, Suite 520, Seattle, Washington 98101; telephone: 206–805– 2880; and e-mail; hansona@wsdot.wa.gov. The SR 520 Program regular office hours are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA has taken Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act final agency actions by issuing approval of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; for the following highway project: the and 49 CFR 1.48. SR 520, I–5 to Medina: Bridge Issued on: August 30, 2011. Replacement and HOV Project. The project proposes to improve safety and Judith Kane, mobility for people and goods across Acting Chief, Management Programs and Lake Washington by replacing the SR Analysis Division. 520 Portage Bay and Evergreen Point [FR Doc. 2011–22670 Filed 9–6–11; 8:45 am] bridges and improve existing roadway BILLING CODE 4910–22–P between Interstate 5 (I–5) in Seattle and Evergreen Point Road in Medina DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION spanning 5.2 miles. The Selected Alternative for the I–5 to Medina Federal Highway Administration corridor will add continuous HOV lanes and include landscaped lids over SR Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions 520 to reconnect neighborhoods that are on Proposed Highway in Washington currently separated by the highway. The FHWA project numbers are BR–520(49) AGENCY: Federal Highway and BR–520(50). Administration (FHWA), DOT. The actions by the FHWA on this ACTION: Notice of limitation on claims project, and the laws under which such for judicial review of actions of FHWA. actions were taken, are described in the SUMMARY: This notice announces actions August 2006 Draft Environmental taken by the FHWA and other Federal Impact Statement (EIS), January 2010 agencies that are found within the Supplemental Draft EIS, the June 2011 meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139[L](1). These Final EIS, and the July 2011 Record of actions relate to a proposed highway Decision (ROD), and in other documents project, State Route (SR) 520, Interstate in the FHWA administrative record for 5 (I–5) to Medina: Bridge Replacement the project. The Draft EIS, the and HOV project in King County, Supplemental Draft EIS, the Final EIS, Washington. These actions grant the ROD, and other documents approval of the project. supporting the decision are available by DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is contacting the FHWA or the Washington advising the public of final agency State Department of Transportation at actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139[l](1). A the addresses provided above. claim seeking judicial review of the The Draft EIS, the Supplemental Draft Federal agency actions on the highway EIS, the Final EIS, and the ROD can be project will be barred unless the claim viewed and downloaded from the is filed on or before March 5, 2012. If project Web site at https:// the Federal law that authorizes judicial www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/ review of a claim provides a time period SR520Bridge/EIS.htm or viewed at local of less than 180 days for filing such libraries within the project area. claim, then that shorter time period still This notice applies to all Federal applies. agency decisions on the project as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: under which such actions were taken, Randolph Everett, Major Projects including but not limited to: Oversight Manager, Federal Highway 1. General: National Environmental Administration, Jackson Federal Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321– Building, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3142, 4347]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 Seattle, Washington 98174; Telephone U.S.C. 109]. 206–202–7538; and e-mail emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the U.S. DOT’s performance, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the U.S. DOT’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (3) ways 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:37 Sep 06, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 55459 2. Air: Clean Air Act, as amended [42 U.S.C. 7401–7671(q)]. 3. Land: Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 [16 U.S.C 4601]; Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303]. 4. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531–1544]; Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1536]; Anadromous Fish Conservation Act [16 U.S.C. 757(a–757(g)); Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661–667(d)]; Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, as amended [16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.]. 5. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.]; Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469–469(c)]. 6. Wetlands and Water Resources: Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1536]; Clean Water Act, (Section 319 [33 U.S.C. 329]); Safe Drinking Water Act [42 U.S.C. 300(f)– 300(j)(6)];]. 7. Navigation: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 [33 U.S.C. 403]; General Bridge Act of 1946 [33 U.S.C. 9 and 11]. 8. Executive Orders: E.O. 11990 Protection of Wetlands. 11988 Floodplain Management; E.O. 12898 Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations; E.O. 11953 Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Resources; E.O. 13007 Indian Sacred Sites; E.O. 13287 Preserve America; E.O. 13175 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments; E.O. 11514 Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality; E.O. 13112 Invasive Species. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: August 30, 2011. Daniel M. Mathis, Division Administrator. Olympia, Washington. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2011-0085]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of request for 
approval of a new information collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for approval of a new information collection.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new 
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 November 7, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
2011-0085 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: 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.
    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: Lori Fields, 850-553-2204, Florida 
Field Office, Federal Highway Administration, Department of 
Transportation, 545 John Knox Road Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32310, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: FHWA Exceptional Partnership Workshop Climate Survey.
    Type of request: New information collection requirement.
    Background: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) values the 
long-standing relationship it shares with the State Departments of 
Transportation (DOT) throughout the country. These relationships 
provide significant and considerable benefits to citizens of the 
respective States in the form of a world-class transportation system. 
There have been substantial changes to our business including funding, 
the workforce, State and National policy dynamics and the systems used 
to deliver products and services to the public. What has not changed is 
the compelling need for a strong and enduring partnership between the 
FHWA and the State DOTs to ensure the safety and integrity of our 
highways and bridges.
    The FHWA has initiated a series of workshops entitled ``Exceptional 
Partnerships'' that are designed to assist its Division Administrators 
to create and sustain ``exceptional'' partnerships with their State 
DOTs. As part of these workshops, the FHWA proposes to use a short pre-
workshop climate survey to assess the partnership of FHWA Division 
Administrators and their counterparts at State DOTs, the result of 
which will be used in the design and delivery of these workshops. The 
purpose of the short climate survey is to determine: (1) The 
perspective of the State DOT partners regarding the effectiveness of 
the partnerships with FHWA Divisions, (2) the factors that contribute 
to successful relationships, (3) the successes of and challenges to 
these partnerships, and (4) recommendations for improvements.
    FHWA will hire independent contractors to conduct informal phone 
interviews, approximately thirty minutes in length, with the State DOT 
counterpart to the participating FHWA's Division Administrators. The 
contractor will manage the documentation of interview notes. Individual 
responses will be held in strict confidence. A summary of aggregate 
data will be provided to the Workshop Design Team to assist in the 
preparation of workshop content and materials. Quantitative and 
qualitative data will be gathered and analyzed to show averages, 
ranges, and trends. A general report of findings will be shared with 
participants in the workshop, but no specific answers will be shared.
    Respondents: 42 State DOT's Chief Executive Officers (8 
participants were interviewed previously).
    Frequency: 14 respondents will be interviewed annually for three 
years. This is a one-time collection.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: It will take approximately 
30 minutes per participant.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 7 hours annually 
(21 hours total over 3 years).
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1)

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Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
U.S. DOT's performance, including whether the information will have 
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the U.S. DOT's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed information collection; (3) ways 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: August 30, 2011.
Judith Kane,
Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division.
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