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Warranties have been successfully used, in other countries and by some States on non-Federal projects, to protect investments from early failure. Prior to 1991, the FHWA had a longstanding policy that restricts the use of warranties on Federal-aid projects to electrical and mechanical equipment. The rationale for the restriction was that such contract requirements may indirectly result in Federal-aid funds participating in maintenance costs, and the use of Federal-aid funds for routine maintenance is prohibited by law. However, the Agency utilized the public notice / public comment process to develop and implement a rule making for warranties in 1995.
The regulation applies to projects on the National Highway System. Contracting agencies may use their own warranty procedures on non-National Highway System projects.