Feds to Reduce Scrutiny of Highway, Bridge Projects
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced recently that it plans to loosen its restrictions on federal grants given to states to help fund new transportation projects, thus giving states more leeway on how to build highways and bridges. Since the 1990s, FHWA mandated that states conduct a cost-benefit analysis on any highway improvement project that came with a price tag higher than $25 million. The same rules applied for bridges that would cost more than $20 million. Now, however, FHWA is raising those cost levels: Highway projects will only require an analysis if a state intends to spend more than $50 million, and bridge projects will only require an analysis if a state intends to spend more than $40 million. This rule change will only apply to highways and bridges that are constructed with the help of federal grant funding.
Martin Milita is a Senior Director of Duane Morris Government Strategies. Martin Milita provides public affairs services to Fortune 100 companies, privately-held firms and nonprofit organizations providing strategic advice to clients in the areas of legislative and executive branch lobbying, business development, procurement, issues management and business-to-government outreach. Martin received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and is a graduate of King’s College. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.
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