U. S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
M 1100.1A, Chg. 12
(1) Chapter 3 (Reservations), Section 2 (Reservations by the Administrator), paragraph 15j (Federal-aid and Federal Lands) is amended to document the Administrator's reservation of authority to determine acceptability of access requests for new interchanges in transportation management areas (TMA's), new or major modification of freeway-to-freeway interchanges, and new partial interchanges.
(2) Chapter 5 (Federal-aid) is amended to document the Administrator's previous delegations of authority, as follows:
(a) Within Section 2 (Right-of-Way and Environment):
1 Regional Administrators are delegated the authority, as documented in paragraph 19c (ROW Relinquishment and Changes in Access Control), to determine acceptability of all other access requests than those reserved by the Administrator. This includes requests for new interchanges outside of TMA's (except new freeway-to-freeway interchanges and new partial interchanges), modification of existing interchanges (except major modification of freeway-to-freeway interchanges),completion of partial interchanges, locked gate access, and closing of individual access points or entire interchanges.
2 Regional Administrators are delegated the authority, as documented in paragraph 22 (Environment), to approve final environmental impact statements and related actions, including making 4(f) determinations, after a legal sufficiency review without the prior concurrence of Washington Headquarters except in certain circumstances.
3 The Associate Administrator for Program Development is delegated the authority, as documented in paragraph 22, to request that Headquarters concurrence be obtained prior to approval of environmental impact statements, Section 4(f) statements, and related actions under certain circumstances.
4 The authority to act on behalf of the Administrator in complying with the environmental procedures of other Federal agencies may be further redelegated within the Regional Office or to Division Administrators.
5 Within paragraph 22, the following subparagraphs are deleted and the remaining paragraphs are renumbered: paragraphs 22e(6), 22f, and 22i.
(b) Within Section 3 (Engineering and Operations), as documented in paragraph 34b (Authorizations to Proceed), Regional Administrators are delegated authority for final approval of changes in points of ingress or egress with Interstate through traffic lanes and with interchange ramps on completed sections of the Interstate System only after a finding of acceptability and completion of the planning and environmental processes.
(1) Chapter 3 (Office of the Administrator), Section 3 (Office of Program Review) is revised to reflect the retitling of the office as the Office of Program Quality Coordination and revised functions.
(2) Chapter 4 (Office of Research and Development) is revised to reflect the recent transfer of the National Highway Institute (NHI) and its two divisions to the Office of Safety and System Applications. Section 2 (NHI) is removed, and Sections 3 (Office of Engineering Research and Development), 4 (Office of Safety and Traffic Operations Research and Development), and 5 (Office of Research and Development Operations and Support) are renumbered as Sections 2, 3, and 4.
(3) Chapter 6 (Office of Safety and System Applications):
(a) Section 4 (Office of Technology Applications (OTA)) documents: (1) the retitling of the Engineering Applications Division as the Highway Infrastructure Applications Division and the Safety and Systems Applications Division as the Safety and Advanced Transportation Applications Division; (2) abolishment of all branch-level structure within OTA; and (3) revised functional statements for all 3 OTA divisions.
(b) Section 5 (NHI) is added to document the mission and function statements for NHI and the State Programs and University-Industry-International Programs Divisions. Minor changes are made in the functional statements for the 2 divisions that reflect the new reporting relationship to the Office of Safety and System Applications.
George S. Moore, Jr.