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4.6 Bridge Program

Part 650, Subpart C of 23 CFR established the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) that apply to all bridges that carry vehicular traffic, are greater than 20 feet in length and are located on a public road. Subpart D establishes the procedures for administering the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRRP). The program was established to replace and rehabilitate deficient bridges.

MDOT Bridge Division is responsible for managing the Bridge Inspection Program and load rating evaluation of state owned bridges. MDOT is responsible for performing bridge safety inspections and bridge maintenance for state maintained bridges in each district. MDOT is responsible for the statewide NBI (National Bridge Inventory) for state owned bridges and manages its bridge inspector certification program and the state NBIS quality control/assurance program. The Office of State Aid Road Construction (OSARC) is responsible for the inspection and load evaluation of all county and city owned bridges. OSARC is responsible for the statewide NBI for locally owned bridges and manages the county bridge inspector certification program and the local NBIS quality control/assurance program.

A NBIS compliance review will be conducted once each year. The reviews include the following major NBIS elements: program size, organization, qualifications of personnel, inspection frequency, inspection procedures, inventory, maintenance, bridge management and quality control/assurance. The review includes an evaluation of a sampling of bridge inspection reports and bridge files, interviews with the Program Managers and Bridge Inspector Team Leaders, and field reviews of selected bridges. A NBIS review report conforming to the FHWA standard format is prepared annually by the Division Bridge Engineer. The final report is submitted to FHWA HQ, and copies of the report are provided to MDOT and OSARC.

Eligibility for the HBRRP program is based on bridge inspection and inventory data submitted annually to FHWA Office of Bridge Technology by MDOT with the assistance of OSARC. A selection list of eligible structures is furnished by FHWA to MDOT and the OSARC. MDOT and OSARC may select any eligible bridge on the selection list for replacement or rehabilitation under HBRRP program. Additionally, MDOT and State Aid may also use these apportioned funds for bridge preservation type projects provided that a systematic approach is exercised. The distribution of HBRRP funds to each State is based on unit cost data for bridges and the area of deficient bridges contained in the bridge inventory. Unit cost data is prepared annually by MDOT and OSARC and is reviewed and submitted by FHWA. Not less than 15 percent of the apportioned funds shall be expended for projects located off the Federal-aid system.

Table 6. Bridge Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT/OSARC ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Bridge Inspection Program (State, County and Cities)Conduct inspections.
Perform Load Ratings.
Update NBI and send data to FHWA annually by April 1.
Participate in review annually
Annually process bridge data and furnish error listing. Review error listing and resolve differences.
Conduct review annually.
Annual update of NBI.
Annual review report complete.
Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Program (HBRRP)Select and design projects.
Furnish unit cost data annually to FHWA by April 1.
Request eligibility approval for candidates not on FHWA Selection list
Provide list of eligible projects.
Validate eligibility of HBRRP projects.
Review and submit unit cost data annually.
Technology Transfer.
MDOT receives their share of HBRRP funds based on cost and area of deficient bridges.
Deficient bridges are replaced, rehabilitated or receive preventative maintenance applications.

Performance/Compliance Indicators

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Bridge program:

  1. Deficient deck area.
  2. Compliance with the NBIS Regulations as evaluated as part of the annual NBIS Review.
  3. Implementation of LRFD and LRFR.
  4. Plan of Actions (POAs) developed/implemented for all scour critical bridges MDOT and OSARC will report status of POAs development bi-annually.
  5. Reduction in coded unknown foundations.
4.7 Civil Rights Program

The FHWA Division Office is committed to effectively implement and enforce civil rights programs within MDOT in its planning, design, construction, and management of the multimodal transportation system. MDOT is obligated to ensure nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and in the provisions of all services and benefits, as a basis for continued receipt of FHWA funds according to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act and the codified Federal regulations that outline these acts.

The FHWA Division Office Civil Rights Specialist reviews all civil rights program work plans and program documents and provides comments and recommendations to MDOT. The FHWA Division Office Civil Rights Specialist may participate in committees and teams set up by MDOT that address civil rights concerns about equal access, goal setting and affirmative action in employment and contracting opportunities.

The purpose of FHWA oversight is to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of MDOT's Office of Civil Rights program areas that include affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Title VI compliance programs. FHWA will be an advocate of the civil rights program and provide training, technical assistance, and active participation in MDOT initiated civil rights meetings and review activities. FHWA will review and approve MDOT's programs on an ongoing basis through process and program reviews, and through active participation in continuous program evaluation and improvement. Appropriate FHWA representatives will actively participate in MDOT initiated reviews, task forces, and other civil rights initiatives upon request and to the extent feasible. Finally, FHWA will analyze civil rights reports submitted by MDOT to help identify trends and provide feedback and recommendations for improvement to MDOT.

Table 7. Civil Rights Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
DBE Semi-annual Report
Awards/Commitment
Prepare and Submit by the following dates:
December 1 (for the period of April 1 – Sep 30) and June 1 (for the period of Oct 1 – May 31)
Review and Approve.
Submit to FHWA HQ
(10 days)
DBE reports accurate, complete and timely; DBE commitment is based on accurate data assessment.
Annual Contractor Employment Report – PR 1392Prepare and Submit (no later than September 30)Review and File.
Submit to FHWA HQ
(when requested)
Annual report is accurate, complete and timely.
State Internal EEO and Contract Compliance External Program Reports
(Title VII Plans)
Prepare and Submit (no later than October 31. External reports based on FFY. Internal reports based on SFY)Review and Approve.
(10 days)
Plan is accurate, complete and timely.
State Internal Employment Practice EEO-4 ReportPrepare and Submit (no later than August 1)Review and File.
Submit to FHWA HQ (10 days)
Report is accurate, complete and timely.
Title VI Program UpdatePrepare and Submit (no later than Annually in June)Review and Approve.
(10 days)
Updates accurately reflect MDOT's Title VI Program.
DBE Program Plan UpdatePrepare and Submit
(No later than August 1)
Review and Approve. Submit to FHWA HQ
(20 days)
Updates accurately reflect appropriate program changes.
DBE Program Goals and MethodologyPrepare and Submit
(No later than August 1)
Review and Approve. Submit to FHWA HQ
(20 days)
Goals incorporate appropriate statistical analysis and are based on complete, accurate data.
Historically Black College/Minority Institution of Higher Education Plan/ReportCollaborate with FHWA.
Prepare and Submit
(No later than November)
Review, Augment, and Submit to FHWA HQ
(10 days)
Report reflects positive relationships with educational institutions.
Contractor Compliance Review
Schedule and Reports
Prepare and Submit (upon completion)Review, Respond as necessary, and FileSchedule and reports timely and accurate

Federal Guidelines Governing the Civil Rights Programs:
Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act
23 CFR 200, 230 (Subpart C, Appendix A (Part I and II)
49 CFR Parts 21 (Title VI), 23, 26,
23 USC 140 (a-c), 109(h), 144
Executive Orders 12898, 11246, 13296, 13256, 13166, 13216
USDOT Orders 5610.2, 4710.8, 4720.7, 1000.12
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)/ADA
FHWA Contract Provision 1273
Federal Aid Highway Acts of 1968 (Section 22), 1970 (Section 110) and 1973.
23 CFR 1.9 and 1.36
Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987
42 USC 2000(d)

Compliance/Performance Indicators:

MDOT will report the compliance and monitoring of these indicators through their annual Title VI, Title VII and DBE plan update. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Environmental program:

  1. Percent of minority representation in MDOT's workforce.
  2. Percentage of Federal dollars used for transportation related contract awards and commitments performed by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE's).
  3. Number of projects that Title VI staff has identified Environmental Justice (EJ) issues.
  4. Number of formal complaints filed in all sections of Civil Rights.
  5. Number of people, staff and subrecipients trained each year.
4.8 Financial Management Program

The correctness and propriety of all Federal-aid claims are the primary responsibility of MDOT whether the primary cost documentation originates within MDOT or with some third party. This responsibility is fulfilled by MDOT maintaining adequate operating policies and procedures and a sound accounting system with proper internal controls together with suitable audit activities. It is FHWA's responsibility to assure such processes are in place and providing desired results as well as to provide technical assistance and advice in funding and financial areas. FHWA provides assistance and maintenance to MDOT for the electronic data sharing and electronic signature environment.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 was issued pursuant to the Single Audit Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-502) and Amendments of 1996 (P.L. 104-156) for the purpose of setting forth standards for obtaining consistency and uniformity among Federal agencies for the audit of States, local governments, and non-profit organizations expending Federal awards. The U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General is the cognizant agency for audit responsibilities of the MDOT.

The Mississippi State Auditor's Office is responsible for auditing MDOT for purposes of the Single Audit Act. The MDOT Internal Audit Division is responsible for auditing MDOT's operations as requested by MDOT management, the Mississippi Transportation Commission, or FHWA; and also in accordance with the Internal Audit Division's workplan. FHWA may provide technical advice and assistance to MDOT and auditors as appropriate and advise MDOT of requirements imposed by Federal laws, regulations or provisions of contracts.

Federal-aid reimbursement to MDOT for costs incurred is found in 23 U.S.C. 121. In accordance with 23 CFR 1.9(a), Federal-aid funds shall not participate in any cost which is not incurred in conformity with applicable Federal and State Law, the regulations in 23 CFR, and policies and procedures prescribed by FHWA. The FHWA Mississippi Division provides oversight of Cost Reimbursable Contracts, pursuant to 23 CFR Part 140, 49 CFR Part 18, and OMB Circular A-87 (Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments). Likewise, FHWA must comply with the requirements of the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (FMFIA). Reimbursement to MDOT is made through an electronic signature Federal-aid Rapid Approval and State Payment System (RASPS). The Single Audit Act does not preclude FHWA from performing program reviews and these activities are undertaken by FHWA to facilitate oversight of the current billing process. These routine financial management reviews may be conducted on MDOT's accounting systems and records to assure conformance with applicable laws, regulations, and government-wide accounting principles and standards. Also, to maintain an adequate system of management control and to promote effective program delivery and efficiency, FHWA promotes the conduct of joint FHWA-State DOT, Quality Financial Management Initiatives (QFMI). The employment of these mechanisms will provide reasonable assurance that only allowable costs are reimbursed, thus ensuring the integrity of the Federal-aid program. Further these joint cooperative efforts between FHWA and MDOT will help to establish opportunities for continuous improvements specifically in areas with any potential compliance weaknesses.

MDOT may be reimbursed for the federal share of eligible Construction Engineering & Inspection (CE&I) costs as described in 23 CFR 140.703(b). MDOT will review the CEI rate used on projects annually to determine that the CE&I limitation as described in 23 CFR 140.205 has not been exceeded.

Occasionally, there are exceptions to the processing of claims via the electronic current billing process and in these instances hand vouchers are prepared and sent to the FHWA Division for processing the payment. The FHWA Division reviews and forwards the claims for payment.

The Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990 (31 CFR Part 205) prescribes rules and procedures for the transfer of funds between the federal government and the states for federal grant and other programs. The U.S. Treasury and the State of Mississippi have entered into an agreement to describe its funds transfer procedures. FHWA's involvement is to provide assistance and guidance to MDOT to facilitate compliance and to assist in the implementation of cash management improvements.

The Financial Integrity Review and Evaluation Program (FIRE), FHWA Order 4560-1b requires each Federal-aid Division office to establish an effective oversight program to ensure that Federal funds are properly managed and effectively used in accordance with Federal policies. Under This program, each Federal-aid division office is required to perform in support of the Federal Highway Administration's annual certification of internal and financial controls to support the financial statements, a grant financial management process review in response to the performance of a annual risk assessment (the purpose of the grant financial management process review is to assess one key State process to determine that (1) the process complies with Federal requirements, (2) the process complies with generally accepted accounting principles and standards and internal controls, and (3) areas of opportunity are identified for process improvement). The FIRE program includes a review of randomly selected billing transactions provided by FHWA Headquarters that verifies the eligibility and accuracy of costs billed to FHWA, verify costs were incurred after FHWA approval, verify costs were charged to the correct project, verify costs were approved by the appropriate State / local official, and verify that MDOT has sufficient supporting documentation to substantiate the billing.

The Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS) is FHWA's major financial information system. It contains data related to all highway projects financed with Federal-aid highway funds. FHWA uses this information for planning and executing program activities, evaluating program performance, and depicting financial trends and requirements related to current and future funding. Electronic data sharing allows MDOT to transact FMIS data electronically and FHWA to review and approve the data. This process provides faster approvals and better control of funds. Both MDOT and FHWA have the ability to access FMIS information to obtain current funding and project related reports.

The Federal-aid Highway Program is made up of a series of separately funded categories, each having its own specific and separate funding as described in 23 U.S.C. Each of the programs has certain activities for which that funding may be used and are described in law. When an Authorization Act establishes a program, it sets certain ground rules under which the program operates. These rules include the amounts of funds available to the program for each fiscal year; period of availability; Federal participation ratio; fund source; type of authority; and a listing of eligibility activities. In order to be more responsive to Federal budget policy, a limit is placed on total obligations that can be incurred during the fiscal year (called obligation limitation). The FHWA Mississippi Division, in their role of administering and delivering the Federal-aid highway program, has a responsibility to provide information, guidance, and assistance to MDOT. Although this oversight is ongoing, when a new Authorization Act modifies existing programs, or adds or eliminates programs, then FHWA has a responsibility to advise MDOT that significant changes in the program have been made and that appropriate financing procedures are implemented by MDOT.

Advance construction (23 U.S.C. 115) has been an effective tool in innovative financing to advance a project's construction time line. These projects must meet the same requirements and proceed in the same manner as a regular Federal-Aid project, except for the following: FHWA authorization does not constitute any commitment of Federal funds and MDOT will not be reimbursed until the project has been converted.

MDOT is responsible for funds management, which includes monitoring un-obligated balances of the various funds to ensure funds are being used effectively and lapsable funds are limited. This would also include a review of older projects that have had no activity for possible release of funds for use on other eligible federal projects. FHWA will evaluate the effectiveness of this program annually.

MDOT maintains the official records for Federal projects. Supporting documentation will be retained by MDOT for three years after the final voucher and will include (but not limited to): the final contractor pay estimate, material certification, projects' agreement / modification, statement of over-runs and under-runs, and final Right of Way certificate in accordance with current requirements. Supporting documentation retained by MDOT will be available upon request to FHWA.

In accordance with SAFETEA-LU Section 1904, MDOT is responsible for assuring that they have a Project Management Plan and Financial Plan (with annual updates) for Major Projects. Major Projects are those projects receiving Federal financial assistance with an estimated cost of $500 million or more or projects that have been identified by the DOT Secretary as being "Major" as a result of special interest. Project Management Plans and Finance Plans for Major Projects shall continue to be developed by MDOT and submitted to the FHWA Division Office. The Division will approve the Project Management Plans prior to NEPA completion and Finance Plans prior to authorization of Federal-aid funds for construction. In addition, projects with a total cost between $100 million and $500 million, while not classified as Major Projects, require the preparation of Finance Plans that must be made available to FHWA upon request.

Improper Payments Review – reviews of randomly selected billing transactions provided by FHWA Headquarters that verifies the eligibility and accuracy of costs billed to FHWA,   verify costs were incurred after FHWA approval, verify costs were charged to the correct project, verify costs were approved by the appropriate State / local official, and verify that MDOT has sufficient supporting documentation to substantiate the billing.

Table 8. Financial Management Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Current BillingSubmits electronically to FHWA as often as desired.Financial Manager approves electronically (2 days)Electronic Financial Transfer (EFT) payment posted to MDOT's account
Project Authorizations and Modified Authorizations

Final Vouchers
Submits approved request using electronic signature.

Submit hard copy Final Voucher to FHWA
Review and approve
Full Oversight (10 days)
State Delegated (5 days)

Review, approve, and electronically close out project in FMIS (15 days)
Electronic signed project agreement

Project closed out
Transfer of Funds between categories and between agencies.Review and recommend approval of transfer request to FHWA/FTA.FHWA review/approves funds transfers, prepares worksheet and sends to HQ Finance to adjust funding records.
(5 days)
Funds transferred as requested
Project Funds Management/Monitoring of Inactive ObligationsCompliance with Final Rule, 23 CFR Part 630. Review inactive projects for potential release of fundsReview balance of unexpended obligations and inactive projects.Balance of unexpended obligations at or below 5% of annual apportionments
Audit FindingsAssure that audit findings relating to Transportation are resolved.Monitor activities to ensure that corrective actions are taken.Audit findings are resolved timely.
Major ProjectsFor $100M to $500 M projects; prepare Financial Plan prior to construction authorization, submit to FHWA.

For projects $500 M or greater; prepare and submit Project Management Plan (prior to NEPA completion) and Annual Financial Plan (prior to construction authorization) to FHWA prior to construction authorization. Prepare and submit annual updates.
For $100M to $500 M projects; review finance plans.

For projects $500 M or greater; review and approve Project Management Plan and Annual Finance Plan.
Plans approved by FHWA.
Improper PaymentsAssure that adequate controls are in place to detect improper paymentsConduct review of randomly selected billing transactions.Improper payments detected. Only allowable costs billed.

Performance and Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Financial Management program:

  1. Single Audit Report Findings – Action plan to resolve Single Audit findings relating to Finance will be developed by MDOT and submitted to FHWA within thirty days of issuance of the Single Audit Report. All findings resolved within six months of issuance of Single Audit Report.
  2. Quarterly, FHWA Financial Manager meets with MDOT Financial Management Division and MDOT Programming Division to discuss compliance of FIRE requirements and provide written report on the current status of all FIRE activities.
  3. Ensure the balance of unexpended obligations on inactive projects do not exceed 5% of the State's annual apportionment.
4.9 Maintenance Monitoring Program

In accordance with 23 U.S.C. 116 (applicable to all Federal-aid highways), States are required to maintain, or cause to be maintained any project constructed as part of a Federal-aid system. FHWA is responsible for maintenance monitoring of all Federal-aid projects.

[Note: requirement of CFR 635, Subpart E, requiring State's annual certification that Interstate was being maintained in accordance with Interstate maintenance guidelines was eliminated under TEA-21 Section 1306(a)]

A Preventive Maintenance (PM) activity shall be eligible for Federal assistance if the State demonstrates to FHWA that the activity is a cost-effective means of extending the useful life of Federal-aid bridges and highways. FHWA staff will assist MDOT in developing PM programs, identify and approve eligible activities, and provide information on best practices, procedures, and technologies.

FHWA staff will observe highway conditions during their routine travel activities. They may also perform in-depth maintenance reviews, as appropriate. Any significant findings will be discussed with appropriate MDOT officials. The oversight activities of the State's routine maintenance program will apply to NHS and non-NHS routes. FHWA maintenance monitoring activities will be a continuous process. Maintenance deficiencies observed during official travel will be reported to the appropriate MDOT personnel. Follow-up activities, if necessary, will be performed by FHWA representatives.

Additionally, FHWA may occasionally participate in post construction reviews with MDOT personnel. These reviews will focus on identifying and correcting any design features that would require abnormally heavy maintenance.

FHWA Bridge Engineer will monitor the State's NBIS program (see Bridge Program section).

The Preventive Maintenance (PM) program may include all eligible maintenance activities within Federal-aid Highway Right of Way. If Federal funds are planned on being used statewide for maintenance activities, the State will develop statewide PM programs for eligible activities for FHWA approval. In the absence of a statewide program, MDOT will seek FHWA approvals on a project or by activity basis when Federal funding is proposed. FHWA would review the activities and provide its determination on effectiveness. The oversight activities of MDOT's PM program will apply equally to NHS and non-NHS routes. FHWA will review and monitor MDOT's PM program and projects for Federal-eligibility. FHWA PM monitoring activities will be done mostly on a programmatic basis. Process reviews may be developed and conducted. The items for process reviews will be influenced by either FHWA or MDOT's observations of perceived strengths and/or weaknesses in PM program or activities. Deficiencies observed will be reported to the appropriate MDOT personnel. Follow-up activities, if necessary, will be performed by FHWA.

Table 9. Maintenance Monitoring Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Routine Maintenance
Of Federal-aid highways
Adequately maintain highwaysConduct windshield and PR/PE reviews and in-depth inspectionsDivision will provide all findings to appropriate MDOT personnel
Federally funded PM (individual activities)Identify individual PM activities or projects for Federal eligibilityReview and Approve
(10 days)
List of Approved Activities
Federally funded PM (program)Develop annual PM program of eligible projects.Review and Approve
Program as needed.
Assist MDOT in developing and implementing PM
Approved and Implemented Annual PM Program
Monitor Federally funded PM accomplishmentsPrepare Accomplishment ReportReview and Recommend changes to Plan, InformationAnnual Report and Improved Program
PM Technology TransferIdentify and Propose technology transfer activitiesAssist MDOT in identification, marketing, and implementationImproved PM program
Emergency PreparednessPrepare program/plansReview and ConcurEP program/plan
Emergency Relief (ER) ProgramConduct site review and prepare application for ER funds.Conduct site review with MDOT staff. Write DDIR.
(10 days)
Site approval and ER fund allocation

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Maintenance program:

1. All preventative maintenance activities are in accordance with FHWA letter dated February 2, 2005 and MDOT PM policy dated February 4, 2005 Statement of compliance included on all PM authorizations.

4.10 Materials Acceptance Program

The Materials Acceptance Program (MAP) is structured around 23 CFR 637. The overall purpose of the MAP is to assure the quality of materials and construction in all Federal-aid highway projects on the National Highway System. The MAP is comprised of a quality control program for the supplier and the quality assurance program for the agency.

For Federal-aid projects on the NHS, the primary objectives of the MAP are as follows:

  • To maintain a close working relationship with MDOT materials and construction staff.
  • To promote improvements when new approaches or technologies are developed and where deficiencies are identified.
  • To assure that materials incorporated in projects, and the construction operations controlled by sampling and testing are in conformity with the approved plans and specifications.
  • To provide oversight of construction materials, and compliance with federal requirements on a statewide basis.
  • To assure adequate and qualified staff to maintain MDOT's quality assurance responsibility as part of its Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QC/QA) program.

FHWA will monitor MDOT's MAP for construction of full federal oversight projects. For state delegated projects, MDOT will monitor the MAP for construction as if FHWA were fully involved.

FHWA will review and approve MDOT's MAP on an as needed basis. The MAP includes the Quality Control (QC) program, the Quality Assurance (QA) program, the Independent Assurance Program, Materials Certification, the Qualified Laboratory Program, the Technical Certification Program, and the Schedule of Materials Control. Additionally, by being a member of the individual task forces, teams, committees, FHWA will have an ongoing involvement in the development and implementation of the MAP. In general, FHWA will monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the MAP through process reviews. Individual process reviews will be identified in the FHWA Division Office's annual Performance Plan.

Table 10. Materials Acceptance Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Schedule of Materials ControlPrepare and reviseApproveApproved Schedule
Qualified Technician Program Prepare and reviseApproveApproved Program
Qualified Laboratory Program Prepare and reviseApproveApproved Program
AASHTO accreditation inspection reports, use of outside testing facilityMaintain accreditation, Submit inspection report, Approve outside testing facilityReview for acceptable results and file comments as necessaryApproved Program
Independent Assurance Program Prepare and revise ApproveApproved Program

Performance and Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Financial Management program:

  1. Laboratories are qualified in accordance with 23CFR 637 Subpart B.
  2. Quality Assurance and Independent Assurance programs are in place and identifying out of specification material and personnel who are performing these tests.
4.11 Pavement Management and Design Program

The FHWA Mississippi Division provides ongoing support in development and implementation of the Pavement Management System (PMS). FHWA participates in various meetings to ensure that pavement related activities, including new and rehabilitated pavement design and construction, pavement management, research, technology transfer, HPMS, vehicle weight enforcement program, etc., are well coordinated among the functional administrative areas of the Division office.

FHWA will review MDOT's pavement design/rehabilitation procedures, policy and guidelines on an ongoing basis. Additionally, by being a member of the individual task forces, teams, and committees, FHWA will have an ongoing involvement in the development, update and implementation of pavement design procedures.

In general, FHWA will monitor the implementation, operation and effectiveness of the PMS and MDOT's pavement design through process reviews and on-going involvement. The FHWA Division will conduct oversight of the PMS and Design of pavements.

Table 11. Pavement Management and Design Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Pavement Management System (PMS)Develop and ImplementReview, Comment, and Make recommendations for consideration PMS best practices are used and quality data collected and used
Project Selection for Annual System (all federal-aid) Preventive Maintenance Program and Interstate Rating CommitteeSelect ProjectsParticipate, Make recommendations for considerationList of Projects
Selection of Preferred Pavement AlternativesPrepare Alternatives and Make SelectionReview, Assist, and Make recommendations for considerationApproval
Conduct joint review of paving projectsPrepare ReportReview, Comment, and Make recommendations for consideration. Conduct process reviews.Approval
Pavement Design Policy and ProceduresDevelopReview, Comment, Make recommendations for consideration, and Approve.
Conduct process reviews.
Approval

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Financial Management program:

  1. Pavement Condition Surveys completed on the entire system every two years.
  2. Number of lane miles per year receiving a preservation treatment.
4.12 Planning Program

Transportation planning activities are legislated under SAFETEA-LU Section 134 – Metropolitan Planning, and Section 135 – Statewide Planning. The most current implementing regulations that apply are found in 23 CFR 450. FHWA Mississippi Division Office and FTA Region Office are jointly responsible for required approval actions such as: Certification of the metropolitan planning process in each Transportation Management Area not less often than once every four years, and review and approval of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and its amendments, and review and approval of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its amendments and transportation conformity. SAFETEA-LU requires an opportunity for early and continuous public involvement in the development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Funding flexibility and expanded project eligibility under SAFETEA-LU have given decision makers more options to address transportation priorities. Public involvement in transportation issues and decision making is vital because of expanded eligibility and diversity.

Transportation Planning also includes data collection and reporting, which is included under Section 420 of 23 CFR. Section 420.107(b)(2) requires that "…State Transportation Agencies shall provide data that support FHWA's responsibilities to the Congress and to the public. These data include, but are not limited to, information required for: Preparing proposed legislation and reports to the Congress; evaluating the extent, performance, condition, and use of the Nation's transportation system; analyzing existing and proposed Federal-aid funding methods and levels and the assignment of user cost responsibility; maintaining a critical information base on fuel availability, use, and revenues generated; and calculating apportionment factors."

Management and Monitoring Systems are included under Section 500 of 23 CFR. Section 500.105(b) states: "States shall develop, establish, and implement a Traffic Monitoring System that meets the requirements of Subpart B (Section 500.201-204)."

FHWA provides technical expertise and assistance through participation in committees and meetings set up by the MPOs and MDOT that address data collection and analysis issues as well as coordination on individual topics of interest such as (1) Congestion Management, (2) Environmental Justice, (3) Air Quality Conformity, (4) Multimodal and Intermodal Coordination, (5) Freight Issues. In addition, FHWA conducts reviews of planning processes and products such as Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) data, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Enforcement, etc.

FHWA participates in statewide and MPO planning activities as necessary to develop a planning finding as part of the STIP approval.

Table 12. Planning Program Summary Table
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
Statewide 20 Year Long Range Transportation PlanPrepare as outlined in 23 CFR 450.214 and Forward as MDOT updatesUse as basis for STIP approval per 23 CFR 450.216STIP development is based on this official plan
Metropolitan 20 Year Long Range Transportation PlansReview the MPO approved plan (per 23 CFR 450.322) and Forward to FHWA and FTAUse as basis for STIP approval per 23 CFR 450.324 STIP development is based on this plan
Planning Finding for STIPReview and certify planning process in accordance with Federal requirements at time of STIP submittalReview and make joint planning finding with FTA (initiated 66 days in advance of STIP expiration) as part of STIP approval per 23 U.S.C. 135 and 23 CFR 450 Subparts A,B,&CMDOT is able to proceed with authorization of Federal-Aid projects.
Updates of Public Participation Plan for STIPPrepare as outlined in 23CFR450.210Review, comment, and approve (15 days)Approved Plan
Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)Review and Approve per 23 CFR 450.312 reference to 23 CFR 450.324 through 330. Send to FHWA no later than the STIP submittal.As a part of STIP submittal, review TIPs for inclusion into STIP, See STIP approval.TIPs Accepted For Inclusion in STIP.
STIP ApprovalPrepare and Submit per 23 CFR 450.216 and 450.220 including certification. No later than 8/30.Review and make joint planning finding with FTA (initiated 66 days in advance of STIP expiration). Review and Approve STIP jointly with FTA. 45-day review and comment period on STIP. Send approval letter if issues are resolved. Otherwise, 45-day review period initiated for revised documentLetter of Approval Signed By FHWA & FTA.
STIP AmendmentsPrepare and submit per 23 CFR 450.216 and 450.220 according to procedures as defined in the 2005 FHWA/FTA/MDOT MOA.Review and Approve
(21 days)
Approved STIP Amendment By Endorsement of Request.
State Planning & Research (SPR Part I) Work ProgramPrepare and Submit Bi-Annual Program
(no later than 8/15)
Approval within 20 days, no later than 10/1Authorized and Funded Program
SPR Part I Work Program AmendmentsSubmit to FHWA as neededReview, comment, and approve (10 days)Addition/reduction of contributions to existing projects and participation in new projects
Annual SPR Part I Performance &Expenditure ReportSubmit to FHWA before 1/1 for previous Fiscal YearReview, comment, and approve (15 days)Approved Report
Quarterly SPR Part I Performance and Expenditure ReportSubmit to FHWA within 30 days of end of previous QuarterReview, comment, and approve (15 days)Approved Report
Approval of Planning Studies/Reports before PublicationSubmit to FHWA per 23 CFR 420.1176(e)Review, comment, and approve (15 days)Publication of Report or Study
HPMS Data Submittal/Process ReviewPrepare and Submit per HPMS field manual; Conduct Annual ReviewReview apportionment data and Make approval recommendationFuture year
Federal fund apportionments and needs study input
500 Series Finance Reports/Process ReviewPrepare and Submit per A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics; Conduct Annual Review; Conduct 3-year reviewReview and Forward information.
Certification of fuel data annually
Annual Highway Statistics booklet and future apportionment factors
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Compliance Review (Every Three Years)Cooperate and participate with FHWA in ReviewDevelop recommendations and report that details finding of compliance reviewFully certified HVUT Process
FHWA Grant and Specialty Programs
  • TCSP
  • Scenic Byways
  • Value Pricing
  • Federal Lands
  • NCPDD/CBI
  • Other Programs
Apply for and Administer fundsReview and Approve grant applications. Submit to MDOT identified lists of funded projects. Administer and authorize projects and obligate funds.Approved grant and specialty program projects
Public Road Mileage CertificationPrepare and Submit certification as outlined in 23 CFR 460.3Review and Recommend acceptance then forward to HQApportionment of funds under 23 U.S.C. 402(c)
Metropolitan Unified Planning
Work Program
Cooperate with MPO in plan preparation, review adopted plan and forward to FHWA with effort made by 8/1 (per 23 CFR 450.314 and 23 CFR 450.334)Review and approve UPWPs per 23 CFR 450.314. Written response (20 days)FHWA responds to MDOT's request for transfer of PL funds and authorizes program
Annual Self-Certification of non-Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) (50,000 to 200,000)Review and Recommend approval when UPWPs submitted to FHWAConcur with MDOT's recommendation for approval of self-certificationFully certified MPO and planning finding
Certification of TMAs (200,000+ population)Participate and Provide information for joint FHWA/FTA review every four yearsJointly conduct with FTA a review every four years. Develop recommendations and report that details finding of certification status.Fully certified MPO and planning finding
Transportation Air Quality (AQ) Conformity DeterminationsParticipate in interagency consultations. Review TIP and plan conformity analysis and provide comments (per 40 CFR 93.106) as needed.Coordinate review of AQ conformity analysis with FTA and EPA. Make joint conformity determination with FTA (33 days).All AQ maintenance areas in conformity.
Congestion Management Process (CMP) in TMAParticipate with TMA in the development and implementation of CMP. Per 23 CFR 450.320. Review for compliance during certification review and LRTP review.Full range of TDM and operational strategies are considered.
CMAQ Improvement Program Annual Report (Maintenance Areas)Submit to FHWA via website, hardcopy to Division Office
(no later than 2/1) per CMAQ regulations. Federal Register 2/23/2000.
Approve Report.FHWA HQ receives CMAQ annual report as required
CMAQ Improvement Program Project Funds Eligibility Determination (Maintenance Areas)Review and recommend eligibility to FHWA. Federal Register 2/23/2000Determine eligibility as part of STIP approvalProposed CMAQ projects are determined to be eligible
Metropolitan Planning Area Boundary ChangesPrepare and Submit per 23 CFR 450.308Review, and Coordinate with FTAEstablished boundaries for capital project funding
National Truck Network ModificationsPrepare and Submit per
23 CFR 658.11
Review compliance and ApproveNational Network for Trucks
Highway Systems (NHS) Functional Classification, and Urban Area Boundary Changes)Prepare and Submit per 23 CFR 470Review and Approve
(10 days) Submit to HQ
Designation of routes on Federal-aid highway system
Traffic Monitoring SystemVerify and Update System ComponentsReview and Recommend improvementsContinued Operations of this system
PL Distribution Formula and UpdatePrepare and submitApprove (10 days)Approved Formula
Local Technology Assistance Program (LTAP)Prepare and recommend to FHWA for approval of yearly Funding Proposal by 12/1Approve before 1/1Approved Funding for LTAP Center
Vehicle Size and Weight Enforcement PlanMDOT will submit Plan per 23 CFR 657 via FHWA Website by 6/15Approve Plan via website before 7/1Approved Vehicle Size and Weight Program
Vehicle Size and Weight CertificationMDOT will submit Certification per 23 CFR 657 via FHWA Website by 12/15Approve Certification via website before 1/1Apportionment of funds under 23 U.S.C. 104
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Certification of EnforcementMDOT will submit Certification per Governor's delegationReview and Accept annual certification and submit to HQ.Compliant program
Planning Consultant services contracts, Supplemental Agreements, and Time ExtensionsFull Oversight Projects:
Prepare and submit to FHWA for approval

State Delegated projects:
Prepare and approve
Full Oversight Projects:
Review and approve (10 days)

State Delegated projects:
None
Appropriate Contract for project
Planning related Master Agreements for Consultant services, Work Assignments, Supplemental Agreements, and Time Extensions"Full Oversight" Work Assignments greater than or equal to $100,000:
Prepare and submit to FHWA for approval

"Full Oversight" Work Assignments less than $100,000, State Delegated projects:
Prepare and approve
"Full Oversight" Work Assignments greater than or equal to $100,000:
Review and approve (10 days)

"Full Oversight" Work Assignments less than $100,000, State Delegated projects:
None
Appropriate Contract for project

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Planning program:

  1. Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
    Indicator: Percentage of MDOT projects authorized from the current year STIP listing
    Reporting Instrument: a report will be generated to show the number of FHWA authorized projects will be compared to the number of projects listed in the approved STIP for that year.
    Reporting Frequency: Quarterly
4.13 Research, Development and Technology Transfer Program

The purpose of the program is to implement the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 502 for research, development, and technology transfer programs, and studies undertaken with FHWA planning and research funds. The main requirements under 23 CFR 420 are to create a SPR Work Program, monitor planning and research activities, submit performance and expenditure reports, conduct peer reviews, develop and maintain an FHWA approved research and development manual, and maintain program certification.

The FHWA Mississippi Division exercises its oversight responsibilities through review of the annual program prior to approval actions, review of individual proposals, and review of annual reports. Division participates in ongoing program activities such as routine technical and policy meetings, participation in peer exchanges, and participation in technology transfer events, etc. The MDOT has considerable flexibility in the use of funds and determination of eligible activities that meet the requirements of Section 420 of the CFR.

Table 13. Research, Development and Technology Program
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
SPR Part II Work ProgramPrepare and submit annual program (by 9/15)Approval within 15 days (by 10/1)Authorized and funded program
SPR Part II Work Program AmendmentsSubmit to FHWA as neededReview, comment, and approve within 10 daysAddition/reduction of contributions to existing projects and participation in new projects
MDOT Research ManualPrepares in coordination with FHWA as noted in 23 CFR 420.209Review, Comment (if appropriate), and Approve
(20 days)
Documentation that describes the management, process, and procedures for selecting and implementing RD&T activities
Certification of SPR Research ProgramPrepare certification statement with SPR Work Plan submittal (by 9/15)Review, Comment, and Approve with SPR Work Plan (by 10/1)
(15 days)
Certified compliance with 23 CFR 420.209
LTAP Work PlanSubmits to FHWA by December 15Review, Comment (if appropriate), and Approve
(10 days)
Final version of LTAP Work Plan
Projects Using Experimental FeaturesCollects and disseminates information about projectsDisseminate information and encourage implementation of successful featuresEvaluation and implementation of new technologies
Quarterly SPR Part II Performance and Expenditure ReportSubmit to FHWA within 30 days of end of previous QuarterReview, comment, and approve (15 days)Approved Report
Consultant services contracts, Supplemental Agreements, and Time ExtensionsFull Oversight Projects:
Prepare and submit to FHWA for approval

State Delegated projects:
Prepare and approve
Full Oversight Projects:
Review and approve (10 days)

State Delegated projects:
None
Appropriate Contract for project
Master Agreements for Consultant services, Work Assignments, Supplemental Agreements, and Time Extensions"Full Oversight" Work Assignments greater than or equal to $100,000:
Prepare and submit to FHWA for approval

"Full Oversight" Work Assignments less than $100,000, State Delegated projects:
Prepare and approve
"Full Oversight" Work Assignments greater than or equal to $100,000:
Review and approve (10 days)

"Full Oversight" Work Assignments less than $100,000, State Delegated projects:
None
Appropriate Contract for project

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

Performance measure reporting will be completed jointly by FHWA and MDOT. The following performance indicators will be used to assess the health of the Research program:

  1. Implementation of recommendations from research
    Indicator: Percent of recommendations (i.e., spec changes, methodology changes, etc.) implemented or adopted within two years of final research report.
    Reporting Instrument: Annual Research Advisory Committee presentation
    Reporting Frequency: Annually by September 15th of each year
4.14 Safety Program

Section 1401 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) includes the program and policy language for implementing the new "core" Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), which is codified as the new Section 148 of Title 23 of the United States Code (23USC148).

MDOT has the responsibility for carrying out the State's Highway Safety Improvement Program in accordance with Section 148 of Title 23 of the United States Code (23USC148). The FHWA Mississippi Division exercises its oversight responsibilities through review of the annual programs, review of program processes, and review of annual reports. The FHWA and the MDOT will work together on safety issues related to geometric design, roadside safety, safety appurtenances, the Highway Safety Improvement Program, work zone safety and traffic control, pedestrian safety and bicycle safety, Safe Routes to School Program, and the Mississippi Strategic Highway Safety Plan. In each instance, sharing of knowledge occurs through discussions, meeting/committee/task force participation, and performing periodic reviews.

The following is a general description of the new "core" Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) codified in 23 USC 148 that identify program requirements.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP): The purpose of the HSIP shall be to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads. To obligate "core" safety funds MDOT must have in effect an HSIP under which the State:

  1. Develops and implements a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) that identifies and analyzes highway safety problems and opportunities to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.
  2. Produces a program of projects or strategies to reduce identified safety problems.
  3. Evaluates the plan on a regular basis to ensure the accuracy of the data and priority of proposed improvements.
  4. Submits an annual report to the FHWA Division.

In accordance with 23 USC 148, the SHSP:

  • Analyzes and makes effective use of state, regional, or local crash data
  • Addresses engineering, management, operation, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services in evaluating highway projects
  • Considers safety needs and high fatality segments of public roads in the State
  • Considers results of state, regional, or local transportation and highway safety planning processes
  • Describes a program of projects or strategies to reduce or eliminate hazards
  • Is approved by the Governor or responsible State agency
  • Is consistent with the requirements of the Statewide planning process, sec. 135(g)

As part of the SHSP, the State shall:

  • Have in place a crash data system with the ability to perform safety problem identification and countermeasure analysis
  • Identify hazardous locations sections or elements that constitute a danger to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians
  • Establish the relative severity of these locations
  • Adopt strategic and performance-based goals
  • Advance the capabilities of the State for traffic records data collection, analysis, and integration
  • Determine priorities for the correction of hazardous road locations, sections, and elements as identified through crash data analysis
  • Establish an evaluation process to assess results achieved by improvement projects

As a condition for obligating HSIP funds, under Section 148(c)(I)(D), MDOT will prepare an annual report, in addition to the HSIP and rail-highway crossing safety report, that describes not less than 5 percent of the public road locations exhibiting the most severe safety needs. The legislation requires that the 5 percent reports include an assessment of potential remedies at the locations identified, the estimated costs of the remedies, and impediments to their implementation other than costs.

High Risk Rural Roads Program (HRRP): SAFETEA-LU introduced a new set-aside provision known as the High Risk Rural Roads Program (HRRRP), codified as 23 U.S.C. §148 (f). This program is a component of the HSIP and is set-aside after HSIP funds have been apportioned to the States. Projects may be selected on any public rural major, rural minor, and rural public roads to correct or improve hazardous road locations or features. The State's HSIP, including the HRRR element, shall consider the safety needs on all public roads, whether state or locally owned. MDOT is required to identify HRRR roadways (and expend the HRRR funds) according to the following definition:

"…any roadway functionally classified as a rural major or minor collector or a rural local road —

  • On which the crash rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries exceeds the statewide average for those functional classes of roadway; or
  • That will likely have increases in traffic volume that are likely to create a crash rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries that exceeds the statewide average for those functional classes of roadway."

Rail-Highway Crossing Safety: Under SAFETEA-LU, rail-highway crossing safety (elimination of hazards and the installation of protective devices at railway-highway crossings) has also been established as a component of the HSIP and is set-aside after HSIP funds have been apportioned to the States. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries at public highway-rail grade crossings through the elimination of hazards and/or the installation/upgrade of protective devices at crossings. Most requirements of the program remain unchanged, including the State is required to conduct and systematically maintain a survey of all highway at-grade crossings to identify those railroad crossings that may require separation, relocation, or protective devices, and establish and implement a schedule of projects for this purpose. At a minimum, the projects are to provide signs for all railway-highway crossings. [23 USC 130(d)].

Additionally, FHWA has oversight responsibility for the following Highway Safety-related activities.

Safe Routes to School Program: Section 1404 of SAFETEA-LU includes the program language for the Safe Routes to School Program. The purpose of the program shall be to enable and encourage children in primary and middle schools, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. For infrastructure related projects, eligible activities are the planning, design, and construction of projects that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school. These include sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bike parking, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools (within approximately 2 miles). Such projects may be carried out on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools.

MDOT must set aside from its Safe Routes to School apportionment not less than 10 percent and not more than 30 percent of the funds for non-infrastructure related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school. Typical non-infrastructure activities include public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education and enforcement in the vicinity of schools, student sessions on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and environment, and training volunteers and managers of Safe Routes to School programs. In order to receive program funds, MDOT must use a sufficient amount of the funds to fund a full-time position for coordinator of the State's safe routes to school program.

159 Certification (Drug Offender's Driver's License Suspension) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 159 and 315, 23 CFR 192]. Encourages States to enact and enforce drug offender's driver's license suspensions. States must comply with 23 U.S.C. 159 in order to avoid the withholding of Federal-aid highway funds. By January 1 of each year, the Governor shall submit written notification to FHWA Division Administrator whether the State has enacted and is enforcing a law or whether the State opposes such a law as per 23 U.S.C. 159.

Work Zone Review of Conformance (Work Zone Safety and Mobility) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 105, 106, 109, 115, 315, 320, 402(a) / Source 43 FR 47140, 10/12/78, 23 CFR 630 Subpart J Final Rule, 09/09/2004]. Provides guidance and establishes requirements for systematically addressing the safety and mobility impacts of work zones and developing strategies to help manage these impacts on all Federal-aid highway projects. The MDOT shall work in partnership with the FHWA in the implementation of its policies and procedures to improve work zone safety and mobility. FHWA and MDOT will review the State's policies and procedures for conformance with 23 CFR 630 Subpart J Final Rule. The State shall maintain compliance with all provisions of the 23 CFR 630 Subpart J Final Rule.

NCHRP 350 (Standards, Policies, and Standard Specifications) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 109, 315, and 402, Sec. 1073 of Pub. L. 102-240, 105 Stat. 1914, 2012; 49 CFR 1.48 (b) and (n); 23 CFR 625.4(a) Chapter 5.1 - Performance Requirements, 7/93 & 8/28/98 FHWA Policy Memos]. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350 established crash testing requirements for highway hardware in both permanent and work zone applications. States must comply with NCHRP Report 350 criteria and the subsequent AASHTO/FHWA agreements dated July 1, 1998.

MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 101(a), 104, 105, 109(d), 114(a), 135, 217, 307, 315, and 402(a) ; Source: 48 FR 46776, 10/14/83; 23 CFR 655 Subpart F]. The MUTCD, approved by FHWA, is the national standard for all traffic control devices installed on any street, highway, or bicycle trail open to public travel in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 109(d) and 402(a). Where state or other Federal agency MUTCD's or supplements are required, they shall be in substantial conformance with the national MUTCD.

The following activities do not involve an FHWA oversight role with the State. Rather, this is a specific list of activities that FHWA Mississippi Division and the MDOT needs to be aware of, either for funding purposes or for general information.

154 Certification (Open Container Laws) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 154, 23 CFR 1270, 3/31/00 NHTSA/FHWA Guidance Memo] States must comply with 23 U.S.C. 154 in order to avoid transfer of Federal-aid highway funds. Currently, Mississippi does not comply with law. Mississippi is subject to the transfer of three percent of the funds apportioned to the State under each of paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) to the apportionment of the State under section 402 to be used or directed as described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1). The MDOT will be given until October 30 to notify the FHWA Mississippi Division Administrator if they would like to change the distribution among the Section 104(b)(1), (b)(3) and (b)(4). States may elect to use all or a portion of the transferred funds for hazard elimination activities eligible under 23 U.S.C. 152.

164 Certification (Repeat Intoxicated Driver Laws) [Authority: 23 U.S.C. 164, 23 CFR 1275, 3/31/00 NHTSA/FHWA Guidance Memo]. States must comply with 23 U.S.C. 164 in order to avoid transfer of Federal-aid highway funds. Reporting is to NHTSA. Mississippi is in compliance with 23 U.S.C. 164.

Section 163: 0.08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Incentives/Penalties TEA-21 instituted an incentive program to encourage States to establish 0.08 percent BAC as the legal limit for drunk driving offenses. States may use these grant funds for any project eligible under Title 23. Beginning in FY 2004, States not having passed a 0.08 BAC law will be subject to a penalty equal to 2.0% of their Federal-aid apportionments. The penalty increases by an additional 2.0% in each subsequent year to a maximum of 8.0%. Mississippi is in compliance with 23 U.S.C. 163.

Section 157: Seat Belt Use Incentives TEA-21 instituted an incentive program to encourage States to increase seat belt use rates. States must establish their seat belt use rates in accordance with guidelines issued by the Secretary of Transportation. States may use these grant funds for any safety project eligible under Title 23.

Performance/Compliance Indicators:

Given the emphasis on the safety program through SAFETEA-LU, it is important that FHWA be able to demonstrate that the program is being effectively carried out and that the projects being implemented are achieving results. The ultimate measure of the success of this program is a significant statewide decline, in real terms, in the number of fatalities and serious injuries. To ensure that the program is being implemented as intended and that it is achieving its purpose, MDOT will provide annual progress reports on the HSIP implementation and effectiveness in accordance with, and as required by, 23 U.S.C. §148(g). Even though the HRRR Program is a component of the HSIP, information on the HRRR Program will be provided in a separate report through this provision. The report should provide information on the HRRR Program in three parts: basic program implementation information, methods used to select HRRR, and detailed information assessing the HRRR Program. While 23 U.S.C. §148(g) also includes a requirement to address railway-highway crossings, this information should be collected in a separate report required under 23 U.S.C. § 130(g). At the option of the State, the three reports required under Section 148 (the HSIP report including High Risk Rural Roads, the railway-highway crossing report, and the "5% Report" (Section 148 (C) (1) (D)) may be submitted separately or combined into one report with three distinct sections. MDOT will prepare these reports in conformance with FHWA guidance and submit to the FHWA Division by August 31. The Division Office will forward these reports to the FHWA Office of Safety (HSA) by September 30 of each year. The "5 percent reports" will then be made available to the public via posting on the USDOT web site as required by Section l48(g)(3). These reports will be submitted to the FHWA Division electronically.

Table 14. Safety Programs
WORK ACTIVITYMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTIONOUTCOME
HSIP Report (including HRRP)
Rail-Highway Crossing Report
5 Percent Report
Prepare annual program and report, and Submit to FHWA.
(no later than by 8/31)
Annually
Review and comment on the program and annual report. Submit to HQ by Sept. 30HSIP Program Approval and Report
Mississippi Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)Re-evaluate the data every three years to determine critical emphasis areas.Review and comment by Jan. 15.Updated SHSP ensuring accuracy of data and priority of proposed improvements
159 Certification
(Drug Offender's License Suspension Certification)
Department of Public Safety submits certification to FHWAReview certification and Forward to FHWA HQ.Compliance with Section 159
Work Zone Safety and Mobility Process ReviewConduct Process Review every two yearsConduct review for conformance of 23 CFR 630 Subpart J Final RuleAssessment of work zone procedures
NCHRP 350
(NCHRP 350 Testing Criteria)
Comply with NCHRP 350 and AASHTO/FHWA agreementActions and Review of NCHRP 350 issues ongoingCrashworthy devices
MUTCD
(Traffic Control Devices on all public roads)
MDOT practices comply with MUTCDActions and Review of MUTCD issues ongoingUniformity of Traffic Control Devices

Section 5 – Control Documents (Policies, Guidelines, Procedures, and Manuals approved or accepted by FHWA for use on Federal-aid projects)

The following table lists the MDOT policies, guidelines, procedures, manuals, standards, rules, and other publications approved or accepted by FHWA for use in administering the Federal-aid Program. FHWA role in reviewing or approving the documents is also identified.

PROGRAM AREADOCUMENT DESCRIPTIONMDOT ACTIONFHWA ACTION
Consultant Services UnitConsultant Operating ProceduresPrepare and SubmitReview and Approve
EnvironmentMDOT/FHWA 4(f) (Programatic De Minimis, 4F Evaluations)ProceduresPrepare and submit for FHWA review and approvalReview and Approve
EnvironmentMDOT Public Involvement ProceduresPrepare and submit for FHWA review and approvalReview and Approve
EnvironmentMississippi Interagency Agreements (Under development)Prepare and submit for FHWA and other agency review; Signatory partySignatory party
EnvironmentProgrammatic CE AgreementPrepare and submit for FHWA review; Signatory partySignatory party
EnvironmentNEPA/Environmental SOP ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Right-of-WayROW Manual (23 CFR 710.201) ROW Operations Manual and Standard Operating Procedures (23 CFR 710.201)Prepare and submitApprove
Right-of-WayROW Operations ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Right of Way
Outdoor Advertising
MDOT Highway Beautification Manual (Outdoor Advertising Regulations )Prepare and submitApprove
Right of Way
Highway Beautification
Highway Beautification Manual (23 CFR 750.304)Prepare and submitApprove
DesignDesign Standard DrawingsPrepare and submitApprove
DesignStandard Specifications for Road and Bridge ConstructionPrepare and submitApprove
DesignMDOT Roadway Design ManualPrepare and submitApprove
DesignMDOT Survey ManualPrepare and submitApprove
DesignMDOT CADD ManualPrepare and submitApprove
DesignMDOT Procedure for Managing Traffic Through Work ZonesPrepare and submitApprove
DesignNPDES Phase II Stormwater Management PlanPrepare and submitApprove
DesignTitle VI Reference ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Research, Development, and Technology Transfer ProgramMDOT Research ManualPrepare and submit for FHWA review and approvalReview and Approve
Planning2005 STIP/TIP MOASignatory partySignatory party
Bridge ProgramMDOT Bridge Inspection ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramMDOT Structural MemorandumPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramAASHTO design manuals/specificationsN/AN/A
Bridge ProgramBridge Inspection Reference manualPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramBridge Division's Bridge Design ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramState of Mississippi Floodplain Management RegulationsPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramProcedures For No-Rise Certification For Proposed Developments In Regulatory FloodwaysPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramSCOUR CONSIDERATION AT BRIDGESPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramScour Consideration at Bridges Addendum No. 1Prepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramBRIDGE MEMORANDUM of 3-22-1977 (for dimensions of toe-walls and riprap blankets at bridge ends)Prepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramCorrespondence of 9-23-1999 (Bailey to Whitaker), Guidelines for showing DRAINAGE DATA on PlansPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramScour Evaluation ReportsPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramNotes on the Use of the HEC-2 ProgramPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramPRELIMINARY BRIDGE RECOMMENDATIONS AND LAYOUTSPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramBridge memorandum – Freeboard, December 4, 1985Prepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramDepth of Ordinary High WaterPrepare and submitApprove
Bridge ProgramMDOT Bridge Safety Inspection Policy and Procedure ManualPrepare and submitApprove
Pavement Management and Design ProgramFHWA Pavement distress manualN/AN/A
Safety ProgramMississippi Strategic Highway Safety planPrepare and AdoptReview for concurrence.
Local Public AgencyProject Development Manual for Local Public AgenciesPrepare and Submit for FHWA Review and Approval
Pavement Management and Design ProgramMDOT Pavement Design Procedure/PoliciesPrepare and Adopt
Pavement Management and Design ProgramFHWA SHRP Distress Identification ManualN/AN/A
Pavement Management and Design ProgramPavement Management Practices at MDOTPrepare and AdoptApprove

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