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FHWA Proposes More Flexibility with Design Standards

Streamlining measure will allow states to quickly repair highways, interstates needing immediate attention

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to give states more flexibility in setting design standards for highway projects.

These include resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation projects on all National Highway System (NHS) roadways, including interstates. The new regulation will let states follow the updated standards of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, among others, without requiring an FHWA exception.

The streamlining measure will allow states to quickly repair highways and interstates needing immediate attention.

Roughly 60% of U.S. grain is transported by truck (according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service), and well-functioning roadways are essential to sustaining low transportation costs and the competitiveness of U.S. grain.

Comments can be submitted until December 24.

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