U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|Subject:||Guidance - Information: Review of State Geometric Design Procedures or Design Criteria for Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Projects on the NHS||Date:||March 1, 2023|
|From:||Brian J. Fouch, P.E. /s/
Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction and Pavements
|Reply to Attn. of:||HICP-10|
Directors of Field Services
Regulatory changes to part 625 of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR part 625 or Part 625), published on January 3, 2022 (87 FR 32), allow State departments of transportation to adopt procedures or design criteria for the geometric design of resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation (RRR) projects on the National Highway System, including freeways, subject to FHWA approval (23 CFR 625.4(a)(3)).
FHWA Division offices are responsible for reviewing and approving State RRR procedures or design criteria. FHWA will consider RRR procedures or design criteria that differ from established design guides and standards adopted by FHWA, particularly in the low-speed environment, to support improving safety for all roadway users. The attached implementation guidance clarifies FHWA regulations for FHWA Division Offices to consider when reviewing State RRR procedures or design criteria that support State safety and other performance goals and ensure compliance with applicable Federal statutory and regulatory provisions. This guidance replaces FHWA Technical Advisory 5040.28, Developing Geometric Design Criteria and Processes for Nonfreeway RRR Projects (October 17, 1988).
Except for the statutes and regulations cited, the contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the States or the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide information regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. However, compliance with applicable statutes or regulations cited in this document is required.
If there are questions, please contact Robert Mooney at (202) 366-2221 or by e-mail at Robert.Mooney@dot.gov of the Office of Preconstruction, Construction and Pavements (HICP-10).