February 1, 2012

Comment Deadline for Proposed Rights-of-Way-Rule is Tomorrow! 

The deadline to comment on Access Board’s Rights-of-Way Guidelines is tomorrow, February 2nd. 
APWA encourages those who haven’t submitted comments yet to comment today! 

The proposed guidelines (http://www.access-board.gov/prowac/nprm.htm) address access to public streets and sidewalks, street crossings, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way.  Once finalized and implemented as standards, the guidelines will apply to newly constructed or altered portions of public rights-of-way covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They will also apply to public rights-of-way built or altered with funding from the federal government under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Rehabilitation Act.  Existing pedestrian networks not undergoing alteration will not be required to meet these requirements.
Comments can be submitted or viewed through the www.regulations.gov website. You can click through this link to submit your comment.
Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board’s website (http://www.access-board.gov/prowac/index.htm).
APWA filed comments November 23rd.  To view them, click here

February 28, 2012


This week, the full Senate is considering amendments to a two-year, $109 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, S.1813 – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21. 

Call your Senators today and urge them to support these three APWA-supported amendments:

  1. The Casey-Blunt Amendment to restore off-system bridge funding
  2. The Begich Amendment to restore local share of transportation funds
  3. The Klobuchar-Sessions Amendment for a high risk rural roads best practices study
The best way to reach your Senators during this quick-moving debate is to call and ask to speak to the Senator’s legislative assistant or staff member handling transportation.  Say that you are calling to urge the Senator to support the three amendments.  
If you have questions, please contact Tracy Okoroike in the APWA Washington office at 202-218-6702 or tokoroike@apwa.net.  
Make your APWA voice heard. Call your Senators today!
More information about each amendment follows. 

1) Casey-Blunt amendment.  Restores funding for off-system bridges (bridges not on federal-aid highway system).  Many local bridges are off-system.
  • MAP-21 currently eliminates the Highway Bridge program with its 15 percent set aside for off-system bridges.  The Casey-Blunt amendment restores the off-system bridge funding, requiring each state to obligate for off-system bridges 15 percent of funds apportioned for the highway bridge program in 2009.

2) Begich amendment.  Restores current law funding share to local areas under the Surface Transportation Program (renamed the Transportation Mobility Program or TMP under MAP-21).
  • As first established in the 1991 ISTEA law, 62.5 percent of available STP dollars are allocated directly to all metro areas over 200,000 people (with states directed to expend the population share of funds in areas under 200,000 and under 5,000 people). MAP-21 reduces the local share of these dollars to 50 percent, and raises the state share – funds which can be expended anywhere within a state at each state’s discretion – from 37.5 to 50 percent.  The Begich amendment restores the traditional local area share of 62.5 percent of flexible highway funds under the STP/TMP program.    

3) Klobuchar-Sessions amendment.  Calls for a study of the best practices for implementing cost effective roadway safety infrastructure improvements on high-risk rural roads and develop a best practices manual to support, federal, state, and local efforts to improve safety on high-risk rural roads. 
  • The amendment requires the Secretary of Transportation to consult county engineers and public works officials in carrying out the study.  Use of the manual will be voluntary and not establish any binding standards or legal duties on state or local governments.  
Thank you for your support.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Tracy Okoroike at APWAAdvocates@apwa.net  or 202-218-6702.