[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 62 (Wednesday, April 1, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 17371-17372]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07443]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

23 CFR Part 515

[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2013-0052]
RIN 2125-AF57


Asset Management Plan

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is extending the comment period for a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was 
published on February 20, 2015, at 80 FR 9231. The original comment 
period is set to close on April 21, 2015. The extension is based on 
concern expressed by the American Association of State Highway and 
Transportation Officials (AASHTO) that the April 21 closing date does 
not provide sufficient time to review and provide comprehensive 
comments. The FHWA recognizes that others interested in commenting may 
have similar concerns and agrees that the comment period should be 
extended. Therefore, the closing date for comments is changed to May 
29, 2015, which will provide AASHTO and others interested in commenting 
additional time to discuss, evaluate, and submit responses to the 
docket.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published on February 
20, 2015, at 80 FR 9231, is extended. Comments must be received on or 
before May 29, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, or submit electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should include the docket number that 
appears in the heading of this document. All comments received will be 
available for examination and copying at the above address from 8:00 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must 
include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or may print the 
acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments 
electronically. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, Pages 19477-78) or you may visit 
http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Nastaran Saadatmand, Office of 
Asset Management, 202-366-1336, [email protected] or Ms. 
Janet Myers, Office of the Chief Counsel, 202-366-2019, 
[email protected], Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access and Filing

    You may submit or access all comments received by DOT online 
through: http://www.regulations.gov. Electronic submission and 
retrieval help and guidelines are available on the Web site. It is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Please follow the 
instructions. An electronic copy of this document may also be 
downloaded from the Federal Register's home page at: http://www.federalregister.gov.

Background

    Section 119 of title 23, U.S.C., requires the Secretary to 
establish a process that States DOTs would use to develop a State asset 
management plan. On February 20, 2015, FHWA published in the Federal 
Register an NPRM proposing to establish a process for the development 
of a State asset management plan to improve or preserve the condition 
of the assets and the performance of the National Highway System as 
they relate to physical assets. State asset management plans must 
include strategies leading to a program of projects that would: (1) 
Make progress toward achievement of the State targets for asset 
condition and performance of the NHS in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 
150(d), and (2) support progress toward the achievement of the national 
goals identified in 23 U.S.C. 150(b). 23 U.S.C. 119(e)(2). The 
development and implementation of an asset management plan is an 
important

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part of the overall Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century 
framework for enhancing the management and performance of 
transportation highway infrastructure funded through the Federal-aid 
highway program.
    The original comment period for the NPRM closes on April 21, 2015. 
The AASHTO has expressed concern that this closing date does not 
provide sufficient time to review and provide comprehensive comments on 
the proposal. The FHWA recognizes that others interested in commenting 
may have similar concerns and agrees that the comment period should be 
extended. To allow time for this organization and others to submit 
comprehensive comments, the closing date is changed from April 21, 
2015, to May 29, 2015.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 104(b)(1), 119.

    Issued on: March 25, 2015.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-07443 Filed 3-31-15; 8:45 am]
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