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FHWA Taking Comments on Draft Guidance for State DOTs’ Asset Management Plans

The Federal Highway Administration said it is seeking comments until July 5 on two draft documents providing official guidance relating to transportation asset management plans.

In a June 5 Federal Register notice, the agency noted that provisions of the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and a subsequent regulation, require a state department of transportation "to develop and implement a risk-based asset management plan."

capitol0816.jpgThe FHWA said it wants comments on draft guidance for certification and recertification processes for those plans, and on guidance regarding consistency determinations.

It also said the FHWA "must certify at least every four years that the state DOT's processes for developing its TAMP are consistent with applicable requirements," and recertify it whenever a state changes its processes for the asset management plan.

The consistency determination is an annual exercise that evaluates whether the state DOT has developed and implemented a plan consistent with federal requirements.

The notice said the FHWA's division offices in each state are responsible for making the decisions covered by the draft guidance.

The first guidance document, on plan certification, is available here.

The second one, on the annual consistency determination, can be found here.

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