FAST Act Section 1422 Study on Performance of Bridges, 80712-80713 [2016-27504]

Download as PDF 80712 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 221 / Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / Notices and determinations that a significant encroachment is the only practicable alternative under 23 CFR 650.113 and 650.115) • E.O. 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations • E.O. 13112, Invasive Species. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The MOU would allow UDOT to act in the place of FHWA in carrying out the environmental review-related functions described above, except with respect to government-to-government consultations with federally recognized Indian tribes. The FHWA will retain responsibility for conducting formal government-to-government consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes, which is required under some of the listed laws and executive orders. The UDOT will continue to handle routine consultations with the tribes and understands that a tribe has the right to direct consultation with the FHWA upon request. The UDOT also may assist FHWA with formal consultations, with consent of a tribe, but FHWA remains responsible for the consultation. The UDOT also will not assume FHWA’s responsibilities for conformity determinations required under Section 176 of the CAA (42 U.S.C. 7506), or any responsibility under 23 U.S.C. 134 or 135, or under 49 U.S.C. 5303 or 5304. A copy of the proposed MOU may be viewed on the DOT DMS Docket, as described above, or may be obtained by contacting FHWA or the State at the addresses provided above. A copy also may be viewed on UDOT’s Web site at: https://www.udot.utah.gov/go/ nepaassignment. The FHWA Utah Division, in consultation with FHWA Headquarters, will consider the comments submitted when making its decision on the proposed MOU revision. Any final MOU approved by FHWA may include changes based on comments and consultations relating to the proposed MOU and will be made publicly available. (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. 327; 42 U.S.C. 4331, 4332; 23 CFR 771.101–139; 23 CFR 773.109; and 40 CFR 1507.3. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Nov 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 Issued on: November 9, 2016. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–27507 Filed 11–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [FHWA Docket No. FHWA–2016–0029] FAST Act Section 1422 Study on Performance of Bridges Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: Section 1422 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act directs the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to commission the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the performance of bridges that received funding under the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction program in meeting the goals of that program. Section 1422 also directs the Administrator of FHWA to provide an opportunity for public comment on the study proposal before commissioning the study. This notice provides the study proposal and the opportunity for public comment. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 16, 2016. ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. You may also submit comments electronically at www.regulations.gov. All comments should include the docket number that appears in the heading of this document. All comments received will be available for examination and copying at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a selfaddressed, stamped postcard or you may print the acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments electronically. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments in any one of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, or labor union). The DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Derek Constable, Office of Bridges and Structures, (202) 366–4606, or via email at derek.constable@dot.gov; Mr. Shay Burrows, Office of Bridges and Structures, (202) 366–4675, or via email at shay.burrows@dot.gov; for legal questions, Mr. Robert Black, (202) 366– 1359, or via email at robert.black@ dot.gov, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access An electronic copy of this notice may be downloaded from the specific docket page at www.regulations.gov. Background As directed by FAST Act Section 1422, FHWA will commission the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study on the performance of bridges funded by the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) program as provided under section 503(b) of Title 23, United States Code, and in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU). The IBRC program was originated by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21) with the purpose of demonstrating the application of innovative material technology in the construction of bridges and other structures. Seven goals were identified in TEA–21. SAFETEA–LU continued the program, but amended the program name, purpose, and goals. The program was then discontinued with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP–21) Act. The FAST Act directs FHWA to commission the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study on the performance of bridges that received funding under the IBRC program. The IBRC program provided funding to help defray costs on more than 400 projects. The study will include an analysis of the performance of bridges that received funding under the IBRC program in meeting the program goals; (A) The development of new, costeffective innovative material highway bridge applications; (B) the reduction of maintenance costs and lifecycle costs of bridges, including the costs of new construction, replacement, or rehabilitation of deficient bridges; E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 221 / Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / Notices (C) the development of construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion; (D) the development of engineering design criteria for innovative products and materials for use in highway bridges and structures; (E) the development of cost-effective and innovative techniques to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from railroad traffic; (F) the development of highway bridges and structures that will withstand natural disasters, including alternative processes for the seismic retrofit of bridges; and (G) the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation technologies and techniques. The study also will include an analysis of the utility, compared to conventional materials and technologies, of each of the innovative materials and technologies used in projects for bridges under the program in meeting the needs of the United States in 2015 and in the future for a sustainable and low lifecycle cost transportation system; recommendations to Congress on how the installed and lifecycle costs of bridges could be reduced through the use of innovative materials and technologies, including, as appropriate, any changes in the design and construction of bridges needed to maximize the cost reductions; and a summary of any additional research that may be needed to further evaluate innovative approaches to reducing the installed and lifecycle costs of highway bridges. The FAST Act requires each State that received funds under the program to provide to the Transportation Research Board any relevant data needed to carry out the study. The FHWA proposes to focus the study on only the technologies implemented by the IBRC program and will only include bridges that received IBRC program funding. The FHWA’s Recommendations to Congress on how to reduce the installed and life cycle costs of bridges will also be based upon the IBRC program study and improvements inspired by the program. In addition, FHWA proposes to focus the study on the effect of the designs, materials, and construction methods on the performance of bridges while they are in service. The FHWA proposes that the assessment of the performance of bridges while they are in service will use existing information and data that is known or has already been collected by the bridge owners. The FHWA proposes the TRB contact recipients of IBRC VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Nov 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 funding to provide information and data by interview, survey, and/or release of records. Interviews and surveys may be required to determine which projects to focus the study on and to gather relevant background, cost, and performance information. Records required may include data, documents, and reports associated with design, construction, in-service inspection, maintenance, evaluation, monitoring, and other relevant phases or activities. Interested parties are invited to provide comment on this study proposal. Authority: Sec. 1422, Pub. L. 114–94, 129 Stat. 1312; 49 CFR 1.85. Dated: November 9, 2016. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–27504 Filed 11–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2010–0029] National Railroad Passenger Corporation’s (Amtrak) Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Approval and System Certification Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments. AGENCY: This document provides the public with notice that Amtrak submitted via FRA’s Secure Information Repository a letter dated September 14, 2016, requesting FRA approval of its PTCSP Revision 4.0, dated August 2016, for Amtrak’s Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System II (ACSES II). DATES: FRA will consider comments received by December 16, 2016 before taking final action on the PTCSP. FRA may consider comments received after that date if practicable. ADDRESSES: All comments concerning this proceeding should identify Docket Number 2010–0029 and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 80713 • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mark Hartong, Senior Scientific Technical Advisor, at (202) 493–1332, or Mark.Hartong@dot.gov; or Mr. David Blackmore, Staff Director, Positive Train Control, at (312) 835–3903, or David.Blackmore@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In its PTCSP, Amtrak asserts that the ACSES II system it is implementing is designed as a vital overlay positive train control (PTC) system as defined in 49 CFR 236.1015(e)(2). The PTCSP describes Amtrak’s ACSES II implementation and the associated ACSES II safety processes, safety analyses, and test, validation, and verification processes used during the development of ACSES II. The PTCSP also contains Amtrak’s operational and support requirements and procedures. Amtrak’s PTCSP and the accompanying request for approval and system certification are available for review online at www.regulations.gov (Docket Number FRA–2010–0029) and in person at DOT’s Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to comment on the PTCSP by submitting written comments or data. During its review of the PTCSP, FRA will consider any comments or data submitted. However, FRA may elect not to respond to any particular comment and, under 49 CFR 236.1009(d)(3), FRA maintains the authority to approve or disapprove the PTCSP at its sole discretion. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing regarding Amtrak’s PTCSP because the circumstances do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, the party should notify FRA in writing before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for his or her request. Privacy Act Notice Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Under 49 CFR 211.3, FRA solicits comments from the public to better inform its decisions. DOT posts these E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 221 (Wednesday, November 16, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80712-80713]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27504]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2016-0029]


FAST Act Section 1422 Study on Performance of Bridges

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: Section 1422 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation 
(FAST) Act directs the Administrator of the Federal Highway 
Administration (FHWA) to commission the Transportation Research Board 
of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the 
performance of bridges that received funding under the Innovative 
Bridge Research and Construction program in meeting the goals of that 
program. Section 1422 also directs the Administrator of FHWA to provide 
an opportunity for public comment on the study proposal before 
commissioning the study. This notice provides the study proposal and 
the opportunity for public comment.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to Docket Management Facility: 
U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room 
W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. You may also submit comments 
electronically at www.regulations.gov. All comments should include the 
docket number that appears in the heading of this document. All 
comments received will be available for examination and copying at the 
above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of 
comments must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or you may 
print the acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments 
electronically. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments in any one of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, or labor union). The DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Derek Constable, Office of Bridges 
and Structures, (202) 366-4606, or via email at 
derek.constable@dot.gov; Mr. Shay Burrows, Office of Bridges and 
Structures, (202) 366-4675, or via email at shay.burrows@dot.gov; for 
legal questions, Mr. Robert Black, (202) 366-1359, or via email at 
robert.black@dot.gov, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. 
Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this notice may be downloaded from the 
specific docket page at www.regulations.gov.

Background

    As directed by FAST Act Section 1422, FHWA will commission the 
Transportation Research Board to conduct a study on the performance of 
bridges funded by the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction 
(IBRC) program as provided under section 503(b) of Title 23, United 
States Code, and in effect on the day before the date of enactment of 
the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A 
Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The IBRC program was originated by the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) with the 
purpose of demonstrating the application of innovative material 
technology in the construction of bridges and other structures. Seven 
goals were identified in TEA-21. SAFETEA-LU continued the program, but 
amended the program name, purpose, and goals. The program was then 
discontinued with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 
21st Century (MAP-21) Act. The FAST Act directs FHWA to commission the 
Transportation Research Board to conduct a study on the performance of 
bridges that received funding under the IBRC program. The IBRC program 
provided funding to help defray costs on more than 400 projects.
    The study will include an analysis of the performance of bridges 
that received funding under the IBRC program in meeting the program 
goals;
    (A) The development of new, cost-effective innovative material 
highway bridge applications;
    (B) the reduction of maintenance costs and lifecycle costs of 
bridges, including the costs of new construction, replacement, or 
rehabilitation of deficient bridges;

[[Page 80713]]

    (C) the development of construction techniques to increase safety 
and reduce construction time and traffic congestion;
    (D) the development of engineering design criteria for innovative 
products and materials for use in highway bridges and structures;
    (E) the development of cost-effective and innovative techniques to 
separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from railroad traffic;
    (F) the development of highway bridges and structures that will 
withstand natural disasters, including alternative processes for the 
seismic retrofit of bridges; and
    (G) the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation 
technologies and techniques.
    The study also will include an analysis of the utility, compared to 
conventional materials and technologies, of each of the innovative 
materials and technologies used in projects for bridges under the 
program in meeting the needs of the United States in 2015 and in the 
future for a sustainable and low lifecycle cost transportation system; 
recommendations to Congress on how the installed and lifecycle costs of 
bridges could be reduced through the use of innovative materials and 
technologies, including, as appropriate, any changes in the design and 
construction of bridges needed to maximize the cost reductions; and a 
summary of any additional research that may be needed to further 
evaluate innovative approaches to reducing the installed and lifecycle 
costs of highway bridges.
    The FAST Act requires each State that received funds under the 
program to provide to the Transportation Research Board any relevant 
data needed to carry out the study.
    The FHWA proposes to focus the study on only the technologies 
implemented by the IBRC program and will only include bridges that 
received IBRC program funding. The FHWA's Recommendations to Congress 
on how to reduce the installed and life cycle costs of bridges will 
also be based upon the IBRC program study and improvements inspired by 
the program. In addition, FHWA proposes to focus the study on the 
effect of the designs, materials, and construction methods on the 
performance of bridges while they are in service.
    The FHWA proposes that the assessment of the performance of bridges 
while they are in service will use existing information and data that 
is known or has already been collected by the bridge owners. The FHWA 
proposes the TRB contact recipients of IBRC funding to provide 
information and data by interview, survey, and/or release of records. 
Interviews and surveys may be required to determine which projects to 
focus the study on and to gather relevant background, cost, and 
performance information. Records required may include data, documents, 
and reports associated with design, construction, in-service 
inspection, maintenance, evaluation, monitoring, and other relevant 
phases or activities.
    Interested parties are invited to provide comment on this study 
proposal.

    Authority: Sec. 1422, Pub. L. 114-94, 129 Stat. 1312; 49 CFR 
1.85.

    Dated: November 9, 2016.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-27504 Filed 11-15-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-22-P