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Notice of proposed FHWA/FTA rulemaking
Last month, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Categorical Exclusions (CE) for Projects within the Right-of-Way and for Projects of Limited Federal Assistance. CE pertains to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process. This proposed rule is intended to facilitate implementation of provisions of MAP-21. As proposed, the rule may help improve project delivery for small projects – such as pedestrian and bicycle projects – which use Federal-aid highway program funds. The links to the NPRM are as follows:
- PDF: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/pdf/2013-04678.pdf
- TEXT: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/html/2013-04678.htm
The proposed rule would allow CE for (1) any project within an existing operational right-of-way and (2) any project that receives less than $5 million of Federal funds or with a total estimated cost of not more than $30 million and Federal funds comprising less than 15 percent of the total estimated project cost.
The deadline and instructions for submitting comments on the proposed changes to FHWA's and FTA's regulations concerning actions to be categorically excluded under NEPA is April 29, 2013.
For questions on this NPRM, please contact Kreig Larson at email@example.com<.