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By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting public comments through Jan. 14, 2019, on its decision to amend or repeal a century-old regulation related to the development and deployment of new products on U.S. transportation projects.

The agency’s move comes in response to ARTBA’s March 27 filing, which noted the Woodrow Wilson administration era-rule is today impeding innovations that could save lives, minimize congestion, or otherwise improve the quality of the nation’s highways.

ARTBA is pushing FHWA to select the repeal option. We encourage our member firms, and other industry partners and agencies, to submit comments asking FHWA to repeal the rule.

To help with this, please see the linked two documents. The first is a brief outline of ARTBA’s position, including “bullet points” for members and other supporters to use in developing their own comments. The second document details how to file comments electronically.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Remember, the FHWA deadline is Jan. 14, 2019.