[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 56 (Friday, March 22, 2013)]
[Page 17747]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06619]



Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2013-0011]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection.

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal 
Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by May 21, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2013-
0011 by any of the following methods:
    Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shane D. Boone, business phone: 202-
493-3064, Nondestructive Evaluation Research Program, Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation, 6300 Georgetown Pike, 
McLean, VA 22101. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Title: Feasibility of Element-Level Bridge Inspection for Non-
National Highway System Bridges.
    Background: The ``Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century 
Act'' or the ``MAP-21'' legislation, Section 1111, modified 23 U.S.C. 
144 to include a requirement for each State and appropriate Federal 
agency to report element level bridge inspection data to the Secretary, 
as each bridge is inspected, for all highway bridges on the National 
Highway System (NHS). The data is to be reported to the Federal Highway 
Administration (FHWA) not later than 2 years after the date of 
enactment of MAP-21. Additionally, MAP-21 included a requirement for a 
study on the benefits, cost-effectiveness, and feasibility of requiring 
element level data collection for bridges not on the NHS. The goal of 
this project shall be to complete a study of the benefits, cost-
effectiveness, and feasibility of requiring element-level bridge 
inspection data collection for bridges not on the National Highway 
System. A proposed methodology for completing this research shall be 
established through outreach to key stakeholders. The methodology is to 
also define the types of analyses to be used to evaluate benefits, 
cost-effectiveness and feasibility.
    Respondents: State transportation agencies, Association of State 
Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), National Association of 
County Engineers (NACE), toll authorities (state, local, private), FHWA 
Offices of Policy, Bridge Technology, and selected FHWA Divisions and 
other Federal bridge-owning agencies, and selected individual local 
agencies. Specific AASHTO subcommittees to be contacted include the 
Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures and the Subcommittee on 
    Frequency: One time per participant.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately 2 hours to 
collect the necessary information and write a response.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 200 hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

     Issued On: March 15, 2013.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-06619 Filed 3-21-13; 8:45 am]