July 2017

 

NACE Comments on Streamlining Local Federal-Aid Projects

 

On July 24 NACE commented to US Department of Transportation, which is reviewing its existing policy statements, guidance documents, and regulations to identify unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects.

Chair Richie Beyer, PE, and the Legislative Committee drafted the initial comments, which were vetted with the NACE leadership.



NACE Proposed Recommendations

Build on the principles introduced in MAP-21 and furthered in the FAST Act by creating an exemption from any and all federal agency requirements if the project receives less than $5,000,000 in federal funding.

Create an exemption that removes any and all federal requirements from emergency repairs to any transportation facility damaged by a disaster would expedite restoration of services to our citizens, lower the costs of repairs and refocus federal resources to be available to support and assist with recovery efforts.

Coordinate all federal rulemaking so that all federal agencies provide a single cohesive policy that is interpreted and applied uniformly from agency to agency, region to region, and state to state. This single policy approach should be developed in coordination with local and state government to provide the most flexible approach possible and in many cases would result in the elimination of problematic and cumbersome regulations;

Provide states funding by a formula that distributes the federal funds into four major categories: use on federal (interstate and US Highways) routes, use on state routes, use on municipal routes, and use on county routes.

With regard to the American with Disabilities Act, reevaluate the allowable activities for pavement preservation to provide the maximum benefit and flexibility for all citizens impacted.

Reevaluate the structure of USDOT and its different subdivisions to focus its staff to assist with accelerating project delivery by focusing its efforts on complex projects, expanding the deployment of innovative techniques to the various local and state government entities the USDOT should be serving, and ensuring educational opportunities exist for local and state governments through its existing LTAP/ TTAP networks;

Read the complete NACE comments.

Read the Request for Input Notice.

 

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