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Memorandum of Agreement Between the
Bureau of Land Management and the
Federal Highway Administration


  1. PURPOSE

  2. The purpose of this Memorandum of Agreement between the Bureau of Land Management (hereinafter referred to as BLM) and the Federal Highway Administration (hereinafter referred to as FHWA) is to prescribe the elements of the Highway Safety Program Standards administered by the FHWA which are applicable to the BLM and the implementation responsibilities and requirements of the BLM.  It is not intended that the BLM is required to duplicate responsibilities of and services provided by State or local governments on highways controlled by the BLM.


  3.   DEFINITIONS

  4. The following are definitions of terms in this memorandum:

    Public Lands Development Roads and Trails (PLDR&T) - The term Public Lands Development Roads and Trails shall mean those roads or trails which the Secretary of the Interior determines are of primary importance for the development, protection, administration, and utilization of public lands and resources administered by the BLM.

    Open to Public Travel - "Open to public travel" means that the road section is available, except during scheduled periods, extreme weather or emergency conditions, passable by four-wheel standard passenger cars, and open to the general public for use without restrictive gates, prohibitive signs, or regulation other than restrictions based on size, weight, or class of registration. Toll plazas of public toll   roads are not considered restrictive gates.

  5. APPLICABILITY
  6. 23 CFR 1230.3 provides as follows:

    Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 402, the highway safety program standards set forth in this chapter are applicable to Federal departments and agencies that control highways open to public travel within federally administered areas or supervise traffic operations on such highways, to the extent that they engage in activities covered by the highway safety program standards set out in this chapter. (emphasis added)

  7.   REQUIREMENTS
  8. 23 CFR 1230.4(a) provides, in part, as follows:

    "Each department or agency shall implement the highway safety program standards, to the extent that they are relevant to the department or agency . . ." (emphasis added)

  9. AGREEMENT
  10. (a)  It is understood and agreed by and between the BLM and the FHWA that, except as provided in subparagraphs (b) and (c) of this paragraph, all of the requirements of highway safety program standards 9, 12, 13, and 14, administered by the FHWA, are applicable to the BLM roads open to public travel. It is understood and agreed by and between the BLM and the FHWA that sections II and V of Standard 14 are administered by the FHWA.

    (b) It is understood and agreed by and between the BLM and the FHWA that the following elements of the standards administered by the FHWA are not relevant to the activities of the BLM and, therefore, are not applicable to the BLM:

    Standards Paragraph Subject

    12

    I B

    Safe traffic environment for pedestrians in residential areas.

    12

    I C

    Roadway lighting.

    12

    I J 5

    Protective features at playgrounds, school-yards, and commercial areas.

    12

    I K 1

    Emergency care signs at freeway interchanges.

    12

    I K 3

    Freeway access and egress for emergency vehicles.

    14

    II B

    Land use planning for safe pedestrian movement.

    14

    II D

    Environmental illumination.

    14

    V

    Protection of children going to and from school and at play.

    (c) It is understood and agreed by and between the BLM and the FHWA that the requirements of the following elements of the standards adminis­tered by the FHWA are being provided by State or local governmental agencies or by other Federal agencies under agreement with the BLM.

    Standards

    Paragraph

    Subject

    12

    1 D

    Standards for pavement design with high skid resistance qualities.

    12

    1 E

    Resurfacing roads with low skid resistance.

    12

    1 G

    Systematic identification and tabulation of all rail-highway grade crossings and a program for the elimination of hazards and dangerous crossings.

    13

    1 D 8

    Traffic engineering studies to establish traffic regulations such as fixed or variable speed limits.

    (d) Under 23 CFR 1230.4, the BLM will:

    1. Review the current status of its activities with regard to the relevant requirements of the standards.


    2. Cooperate with State and local governmental agencies on the implementation of other provisions of the highway safety standards applicable to PLDR&T.


    3. Submit to the FHWA for review, road design standards, and related safety features.


    4. Issue manualized directives requiring the appropriate BLM official responsible for the road, to coordinate with the appropriate BLM safety official on the surveillance, monitoring and identification of potentially high traffic accident locations.


  11. EXECUTION AND EFFECTIVE DATE
  12. This Memorandum of Understanding is executed on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration by the Federal Highway Administrator, and it is effective as of the last date written below.



Original Signed By:____________
Acting Director
Bureau of Land Management
Original Signed By:____________
Federal Highway Administration
Date: June 11, 1984 Date: June 22, 1984


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