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Emergency Route Working Group--Notice of Public Meetings

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Emergency Route Working Group--Notice of Public Meetings

Walter C. Waidelich, Jr.
Federal Highway Administration
15 June 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 114 (Thursday, June 15, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Page 27544]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12451]



[[Page 27544]]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2016-0015]


Emergency Route Working Group--Notice of Public Meetings

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); DOT.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces three meetings of the Emergency Route 
Working Group (ERWG). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 
requires that notice of such meetings be published in the Federal 
Register.

DATES: Three public meetings will be held on (all times Eastern):
     Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, July 12, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: All sessions of these public meetings will be held at U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., Conference Center, 
Washington, DC 20590.
    Due to the limited amount of parking around DOT Headquarters, use 
of public transit is strongly advised. The DOT is served by the Navy 
Yard Metrorail Station (Green line). The closest exit to DOT 
Headquarters is the Navy Yard exit. Train and bus schedules are 
available at Metrorail's Web site at: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crystal Jones, FHWA Office of Freight 
Management and Operations, (202) 366-2976, or via email at 
Crystal.Jones@dot.gov or erwg@dot.gov. For legal questions, contact 
Seetha Srinivasan, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-4099 or 
via email at Seetha.Srinivasan@dot.gov. Office hours for FHWA are from 
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this notice may be downloaded from the 
Federal Register's home page at: http://www.archives.gov; the 
Government Publishing Office's database at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/; 
or the specific docket page at: www.regulations.gov.

Background

    Purpose of the Committee: Section 5502 of the Fixing America's 
Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114-94) requires DOT to 
establish an emergency route working group to determine best practices 
for expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved 
in emergency response and recovery. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations is 
announcing a public meeting of the Emergency Route Working Group. These 
public meeting will be held on:
     Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, July 12, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    These meetings are being conducted to develop recommendations for 
the DOT Secretary on issues and associated best practices to encourage 
expeditious State approval of special permits for vehicles involved in 
emergency response and recovery.
    Tentative Agenda: The agenda will include a topical discussion on 
considerations for best practices; including whether:
    (1) Impediments currently exist that prevent expeditious State 
approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response 
and recovery;
    (2) it is possible to pre-identify and establish emergency routes 
between States through which infrastructure repair materials could be 
delivered following a natural disaster or emergency;
    (3) a State could pre-designate an emergency route identified under 
paragraph (2) as a certified emergency route if a motor vehicle that 
exceeds the otherwise applicable Federal and State truck size and 
weight limits may safely operate along such route during periods of 
declared emergency and recovery from such periods; and
    (4) an online map could be created to identify each pre-designated 
emergency route under paragraph (3), including information on specific 
vehicle limitations, obligations, and notification requirements along 
that route.
    Public Participation: All sessions of these meetings are open to 
the public. The Designated Federal Officer and the Chair of the 
Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of 
business. If you would like to file a written statement with the 
Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting by 
submitting an electronic copy of that statement to erwg@dot.gov or the 
specific docket page at: www.regulations.gov. If you would like to make 
oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should 
contact Crystal Jones at the phone number listed above or email your 
request to erwg@dot.gov. You must make your request for an oral 
statement at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Reasonable 
provisions will be made to include any such presentation on the agenda. 
Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker, per topic.
    Minutes: An electronic copy of the minutes from all meetings will 
be available for download within 60 days of the conclusion of the 
meeting at: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/erwg/index.htm.

    Authority:  Section 5502 of Pub. L. 114-94; 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2; 
41 CFR 102-3.65; 49 CFR 1.85.

    Issued on: June 12, 2017.
Walter C. Waidelich, Jr.,
Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-12451 Filed 6-12-17; 4:15 pm]
 BILLING CODE 4910-22-P

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