U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|Subject:||Action: Approval of Buy America Waiver Stainless-Clad Reinforcement, I-94 over the Galien River||Date:||April 22, 2008|
|From:||/s/ Original signed by:
Dwight A. Horne
Director of Program Administration
|To:||James J. Steele
This memorandum is in response to Mr. Calbrese's March 27, 2008, email that provided a Buy America waiver request, for stainless-clad reinforcing steel on the I-94 project, over the Galien River, 2.5 miles Northeast of New Buffalo, Michigan. The waiver request was submitted on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The FHWA has completed a review process in compliance with the statutory requirement for the Secretary of Transportation. The process is to implement an informal public notice and comment opportunity for each waiver request. Specifically, on March 31, 2008, the FHWA published a notice of this waiver request and received four comments. Two of the commenters suggested that domestic solid stainless steel reinforcing steel products are available; however, no one suggested that stainless-clad reinforcing steel is available domestically.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is not required to select or evaluate all available types of reinforcing steel on every project. The subject project is an experimental project specifically for the evaluation of stainless-clad reinforcing steel. Since there are no domestic suppliers of stainless-clad reinforcing steel, I approve this Buy America waiver request.
You may contact Mr. Edwin Okonkwo, our Buy America coordinator (202-366-1558), should you have any questions on this matter.