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On Oct. 1, the nation’s new two-year highway law, MAP-21, goes into effect. The authorization, which maintains funding at FY 2012 levels, creates and sustains millions of jobs, streamlines the project delivery process, speeds up the environmental review process, and creates roughly $7.2 billion in market opportunity for equipment dealers. An overview and history of the law’s path through Congress is available at the AED Highway Reauthorization Action Center.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) wasted no time to ensure effective implementation of MAP-21’s mandate to speed environmental reviews for emergency repair projects from natural disasters. The proposed rule, offered on Oct. 1, would modify an existing categorical exclusion for emergency repair projects to include the new MAP-21 provisions. Comments to the proposal are due Nov. 30.
FHWA offers guidance on MAP-21 implementation
On Sept. 25, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released guidance on the implementation of MAP-21.
The guidance includes memorandums that provide information on funding, eligible activities, and specific requirements for the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) and Surface Transportation Programs (STP), as well as important changes to the laws governing environmental planning, safety and operations, and program delivery.
FHWA also provided a questions and answers page to clarify several terms under MAP-21, including changes to requirements under the construction contract provision, project decision making under efficient environmental reviews, and the Buy America program.
MAP-21 does not end the fight for a long-term solution to our nation’s transportation infrastructure needs. Be sure to visit AEDaction.org to encourage your lawmakers to actively search for ways to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
Article Date: 2012-10-01
Source: Associated Equipment Distributors
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