As part of the ongoing effort to fully implement 2012’s MAP-21 surface transportation law, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) March 28 established permit decision deadlines and financial penalties for missed deadlines. The new law established a 180-day deadline for other federal agencies to make permit decisions during the transportation planning process. The law dictates that the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) levy financial penalties of $10,000 to $20,000 per week on agencies missing these deadlines. ARTBA supported both measures.
The FHWA guidance clarifies when the 180-day deadline starts, as different types of regulatory permits have different schedules. Additionally, the guidance allows for U.S. DOT to waive financial penalties where delay is through no fault of the agency. ARTBA will continue to monitor MAP-21 implementation to ensure project delays are reduced and certainty in project planning increases. View the FHWA guidance.