Transport Topics By Eleanor Lamb
January 6, 2021
Public comments submitted to the Federal Highway Administration regarding a recent proposal that would allow more flexibility with design standards when repairing highways and interstates reflect an overwhelming show of support from industry groups and transportation agencies.
FHWA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on Nov. 24, garnered 18 comments by the end of December. Specifically, the NPRM proposes revision to the design standards and standard specifications that apply to new construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation projects on the National Highway System. The comments came from an assortment of transportation industry associations and state departments of transportation.
The proposed rule would allow states to undertake resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation (RRR) projects on all National Highway System roadways, including interstates. Additionally, the proposal would incorporate the latest versions of design standards and standard specifications previously adopted and incorporated by reference, and would remove the outdated versions of these standards and specifications.
Several comments, including those from the departments of transportation of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, expressed appreciation for the flexibility proposed in the NPRM.
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