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As part of the Highway Bridge Program (HBP), States are required to expend "not less than 15 percent of the amount apportioned . . . each fiscal year" for eligible projects on bridges located off of the Federal-aid highway system, unless, "the State has inadequate needs to justify the expenditure." (See 23 U.S.C. §144(g)(2)). To implement this provision of law, the FHWA has established a process by which States may submit a request to reduce the annual HBP minimum amount of 15 percent expenditure on off-system bridge projects. This memorandum describes the process and explains the background for a State to request a waiver in accordance with the provisions of law.
Waiver requests may only be submitted by a State department of transportation to the FHWA through the division office. The FHWA analyzes the request submitted and will make a recommendation to the Administrator of the FHWA to whom the Secretary of Transportation has delegated authority to approve waivers permitted by 23 U.S.C. §144(g)(2)(B). Waiver requests submitted to the Administrator are intended to cover reductions in needs through the life of the current authorization legislation, SAFETEA-LU, or until September 30, 2009.
The process for such a waiver is as follows:
For all approved waivers:
States with federally owned bridges within their boundaries that are eligible for HBP funds are encouraged to consult with these owners and attain support for a waiver.
Following action by the Administrator on the requests, States will be notified. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Tom Everett (202) 366-4675 (Thomas.Everett@dot.gov) or Mr. Everett Matias (202) 366-6712 (Everett.Matias@dot.gov).
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