Special Experimental Project (SEP-16) authorized under 23 U.S.C. 106(c), is set up to test and evaluate the delegation of program-level responsibilities of the Federal-aid highway program (FAHP) to States, including the appropriate steps States should take to request to exercise delegated authority. SEP-16 is intended to allow States to propose the assumption of Title 23 program-level responsibilities provided the State can demonstrate how they can take on the Federal role. This experimental project considers program-level authorities (as opposed to project-level actions) States may want to assume. SEP-16 will allow FHWA to understand the implications of delegation of program-wide decisions in various program areas. The lessons learned from SEP-16 will aid FHWA in developing comprehensive policies and inform stakeholders if the delegation of specific program-level authority.
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