Addition to the National Network
Addition to the National Network
Brandye L. Hendrickson
Federal Highway Administration
11 April 2018
[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 70 (Wednesday, April 11, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-07480]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
23 CFR Part 658
[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2018-0016]
Addition to the National Network
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY: The FHWA is proposing to approve the addition of Sheridan
Boulevard (NY 895) to the National Network (NN) and to revise its
regulations to reflect the addition. The facility currently known as
``Interstate-895 Sheridan Expressway'' in New York City, located in
Bronx County, will be reconstructed, removed from the National System
of Interstate and Defense Highways (Interstate System) to accommodate
new design features, and classified as an ``Urban Principal Arterial--
Other.'' This facility will be identified as the ``Sheridan Boulevard
DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 23, 2018.
ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to Docket Management Facility:
U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590, submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov.
All comments should include the docket number that appears in the
heading of this document. All comments received will be available for
examination and copying at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those desiring
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Ms.
Crystal Jones, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, (202)
366-2976. For legal information, contact Mr. William Winne, Office of
Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1397. Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m.
to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
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The NN consists of Interstate System routes (except exempted
routes) and those non-Interstate System routes added through the
rulemaking process. See 49 U.S.C. 31111(e)-(f) and 31113(e); 23 CFR 658
Appendix A; see also 49 FR 23302 (June 5, 1984). To ensure that the NN
remains substantially intact, FHWA retains the authority to rule upon
all requests for additions to and deletions from the NN as well as
requests for the imposition of certain restrictions. Pursuant to 23 CFR
658.11, requests for additions to the NN must be submitted in writing
to the appropriate FHWA Division Office and endorsed by the Governor or
the Governor's authorized representative. Proposals for addition of
routes to the NN must also be accompanied by an analysis of suitability
based on the criteria in 23 CFR 658.9. Once a non-Interstate System
route is added to the NN, it is included in Appendix A of 23 CFR part
658--National Network--Federally Designated Routes.
On November 10, 2017, FHWA received a request from the New York
State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) proposing a modification to
the Interstate System. The request, available in the rulemaking docket,
proposes the de-designation (removal from the Interstate System) of the
Sheridan Expressway (I-895), approximately a 1.3-mile Interstate
between the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) and the Cross Bronx Expressway
(I-95). As part of the de-designation, the State also proposes the
functional reclassification of this highway segment from an Interstate
to ``Urban Principal Arterial--Other'' and to rename the road Sheridan
Boulevard (NY-895). The physical alignment of the highway would be
maintained and it would therefore continue to provide the same access
for commercial vehicles as currently exists. The FHWA intends to act on
this request pursuant to its regulatory authority on revisions to the
Interstate System (23 CFR 470.115(a) and 23 CFR 658.11(d)) and guidance
on Interstate System de-designations (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/interstate_highway_system/withdrawalqa.cfm).
The NYSDOT intends to keep Sheridan Boulevard (NY-895) in the NN.
Because the route would no longer be in the Interstate System, it must
be added to NN as a non-Interstate System route and be listed in 23 CFR
658 Appendix A. The NYSDOT proposal included the required analysis of
suitability based on the criteria in 23 CFR 658.9, which includes a
analysis and safety study, and also documents effects on Interstate
commerce, effects on alternate routes, effects on traffic operations,
and consultation with local governments.
The FHWA reviewed NYSDOT's proposal and affirms that the request to
add a route to the NN is consistent with 23 CFR 658.9 and 658.11 with
respect to the criteria for the NN and the procedures for additions to
the NN. In this Notice of Proposal Rulemaking, FHWA is proposing to
approve the addition of Sheridan Boulevard (NY 895) to the NN and to
revise existing regulations (23 CFR 658 Appendix A) to reflect the
Rulemaking Analyses and Notices
As the Sheridan Expressway is already part of the NN due to its
Interstate designation, FHWA has determined there would be no
substantive impact to the public resulting from the addition of the
reconstructed facility, Sheridan Boulevard, to the NN.
Executive Order 13771 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory
Costs), Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review),
Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review), and
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures
Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). The FHWA
has determined preliminarily that this action is not a significant
regulatory action within the meaning of Executive Order 12866 and is
not significant within the meaning of DOT regulatory policies and
procedures. Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of
quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules,
and promoting flexibility. It is anticipated that the economic impact
of this rulemaking would be minimal. These changes would not adversely
affect, in a material way, any sector of the economy. In addition,
these changes would not interfere with any action taken or planned by
another agency and would not materially alter the budgetary impact of
any entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs. Consequently, a
full regulatory evaluation is not required. Finally, this proposed rule
is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because it is not significant
under E.O. 12866.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
In compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354,
5 U.S.C. 60l-612) the FHWA has evaluated the effects of this action on
small entities and has determined that the action would not have a
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
``Small entities'' include small businesses, not-for-profit
organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not
dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with
populations under 50,000. This action does not affect any funding
distributed under any of the programs administered by FHWA. For these
reasons, FHWA certifies that this action would not have a significant
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
This rule would not impose unfunded mandates as defined by the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48).
This proposed rule would not result in the expenditure by State, local,
and Tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of
$148.1 million or more in any one year (2 U.S.C. 1532). Further, in
compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, the agencies
will evaluate any regulatory action that might be proposed in
subsequent stages of the proceeding to assess the effects on State,
local, and Tribal governments and the private sector.
Executive Order 13132 (Federalism Assessment)
This action has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and
criteria contained in Executive Order 13132, and FHWA has determined
that this action would not have sufficient federalism implications to
warrant the preparation of a federalism assessment. The FHWA has also
determined that this action would not preempt any State law or State
regulation or affect the States' ability to discharge traditional State
Executive Order 13211 (Energy Effects)
We have analyzed this action under Executive Order 13211, Actions
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply,
Distribution, or Use, dated May 18, 2001. We have determined that it is
not a significant energy action under that order since it is not likely
to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or
use of energy. Therefore, a Statement of Energy Effects is not
Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review)
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205,
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.
Paperwork Reduction Act
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501),
Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and
Budget for each collection of information they conduct, sponsor, or
require through regulations. The FHWA has determined that this rule
does not contain collection of information requirements for the
purposes of the PRA.
Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform)
This action meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2)
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation,
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.
Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children)
The FHWA has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045,
Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety
Risks. The FHWA certifies that this action would not cause any
environmental risk to health or safety that might disproportionately
Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property)
The FHWA has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 12630,
Governmental Actions and Interface with Constitutionally Protected
Property Rights. The FHWA does not anticipate that this action would
affect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking
implications under Executive Order 12630.
National Environmental Policy Act
The Agency has analyzed this action for the purpose of the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) and has
determined that this action would not have any effect on the quality of
Regulation Identification Number
A regulation identification number (RIN) is assigned to each
regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations.
The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda
in April and October of each year. The RIN contained in the heading of
this document can be used to cross reference this action with the
List of Subjects in 23 CFR Part 658
Grants Program--transportation, Highways and roads, Motor carriers.
Issued on: April 6, 2018.
Brandye L. Hendrickson,
Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
In consideration of the foregoing, the FHWA proposes to amend 23
CFR part 658, as set forth below:
PART 658--TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT, ROUTE DESIGNATIONS--LENGTH, WIDTH
AND WEIGHT LIMITATIONS
1. The authority citation for part 658 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 23 U.S.C. 127 and 315; 49 U.S.C. 31111, 31112, and
31114; sec. 347, Pub. L. 108-7, 117 Stat. 419; sec. 756, Pub. L.
109-59, 119 Stat. 1219; sec. 115, Pub. L. 109-115, 119 Stat. 2408;
49 CFR 1.48(b)(19) and (c)(19).
2. Amend Appendix A to Part 658 by adding an entry to the New York
portion of the table:
Appendix A to Part 658--National Network--Federally--Designated Routes
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Route From To
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Sheridan Boulevard (NY 895). I-278 Bruckner I-95 Cross Bronx
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