Final List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Federal Interstate Highway System
The FHWA is issuing this notice to announce the final list of nationally and exceptionally significant features of the Federal Interstate Highway System. The list is available at https:// www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/histpres/highways.asp. In developing the final list, the FHWA considered public comments received on the preliminary list of exceptional elements, which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2006 (71 FR 34988). This notice summarizes those comments. Exemptions of the Interstate Highway System from consideration as historic property under the provisions of section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 \1\ will not apply to the elements on this list.
Temporary Traffic Control Devices
The FHWA is extending the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was published on November 1, 2006, at 71 FR 64173. The original comment period is set to close on January 2, 2007. The extension is based on concern expressed by the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) that the January 2 closing date does not provide sufficient time for discussion of the issues in committee and a subsequent comprehensive response to the docket. The FHWA recognizes that others interested in commenting may have similar time constraints and agree that the comment period should be extended. Therefore, the closing date for comments is changed to February 16, 2007, which will provide the NCUTCD and others interested in commenting additional time to discuss, evaluate, and submit responses to the docket.
Publication of Interim Guidance on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program
The purpose of this notice is to: (1) Announce the publication of interim CMAQ guidance; and (2) solicit public comment on the contents of the interim guidance. Sections 1101, 1103 and 1808 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59, Aug. 10, 2005) amended the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, and authorizes $8.6 billion to support the CMAQ program in 2005-2009. The interim guidance went into effect October 31, 2006; however, we will review all comments submitted to the docket and will modify the guidance as necessary or appropriate.