Federal Highway Administration June 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2016-14854
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FHWA and FTA propose revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the proposed revisions is to result in unified planning products for each urbanized area (UZA), even if there are multiple MPOs designated within that urbanized area. Specifically it would result in MPOs developing a single metropolitan transportation plan, a single transportation improvement program (TIP), and a jointly established set of performance targets for the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within a 20-year forecast period for the transportation plan. If multiple MPOs are designated within that urbanized area, they would jointly prepare these unified planning products. To accomplish this, the proposed revisions clarify that the metropolitan planning area must include the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within 20 years. These proposed revisions would better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs. This includes the statutory requirement for the MPA to include an urbanized area in its entirety, and the exception provision to allow more than one MPO to serve a single MPA if warranted by the size and complexity of the MPA. The rulemaking would establish clearer operating procedures, and reinstate certain coordination and decisionmaking requirements for situations where there is more than one MPO serving an MPA. The proposed rule includes a requirement for unified planning products for the MPA including jointly established performance targets within an MPA, and a single metropolitan transportation plan and TIP for the entire MPA in order to result in planning products that reflect the regional needs of the entire urbanized area. These unified planning products would be jointly developed by the multiple MPOs in such MPAs where more than one MPO is designated. The FHWA and FTA propose to phase in implementation of these proposed coordination requirements and the proposed requirements for MPA boundary and MPO boundaries agreements over 2 years.
Environmental Impact Statement: Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Document Number: 2016-14583
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a supplement to a final environmental impact statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.
Buy America Waiver Notification
Document Number: 2016-14393
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic Voith 21/R5 propulsion units compatible with domestic Caterpillar engine 3512C/1600 rpm in the State of Virginia.
Buy America Waiver Notification
Document Number: 2016-14392
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic 10'' and 19'' Type MBT Lined Brake shoe, 10'' and 19'' Brake bearing assembly kit, 19'' Type MBT for restoration of electrical and mechanical systems of the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge over English Kills in New York City, NY.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California
Document Number: 2016-14391
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by Caltrans, and USFWS, that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project on Interstate 15 from Cajalco Road, Post Mile (PM) 36.8 to State Route 60 (SR-60) PM 51.4 through the cities of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and Jurupa Valley, and portions of incorporated Riverside County, State of California. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California
Document Number: 2016-14390
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The FHWA, on behalf of Caltrans, is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by Caltrans, and USFWS, that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, on State Route 60 (SR-60) between Gilman Springs Road at Post Mile (PM) 22.10 and PM 26.61, located approximately 1.369 miles west of Jack Rabbit Trail, in a portion of unincorporated Riverside County, State of California. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.
Buy America Waiver Notification
Document Number: 2016-14142
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the re-use of historical U.S. 40 steel bridge truss members for construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Little Blue River in the City of Grandview in the State of Missouri.
Emergency Deletion of National Network Route-Kentucky Route 151
Document Number: 2016-14129
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice requests comments on the emergency deletion of Kentucky Route 151 (KY 151) (from US 127 north of Lawrenceburg, KY to Interstate 64 (I-64) Exit 48) from the National Network (NN) based on safety considerations related to numerous truck accidents and route geometric deficiencies. On April 26, 2016, FHWA approved the emergency deletion of KY 151 (from U.S. 127 north of Lawrenceburg to I-64 Exit 48), from the NN based on safety considerations. The deletion is not final and FHWA seeks public comments and information to assist in assessing its impacts.
Buy America Waiver Notification
Document Number: 2016-13877
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic galvanized steel cable, galvanized cylindrical sockets, galvanized spherical nuts, galvanized open spelter socket, and stainless steel bollard lamps for the San Elijio Lagoon Pedestrian Bridge/I-5 North Bikeway in the State of California.