(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is asking the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to clarify its position on whether state transportation departments can use federal-aid highway funds to purchase movable safety barriers.
“There is no greater responsibility for those of us involved in the provision of transportation infrastructure than to do all that is possible to ensure the safety and well-being of the construction workers, motorists, truck drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who interact with our project work sites,” ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane said in his April 27 letter to Federal Highway Administrator Greg Nadeau.
Movable concrete, steel and other highly mobile barriers are proven to be extremely effective in providing positive separation between workers and traffic, a federal goal articulated by Congress in surface transportation program law and strongly supported by the industry, according to ARTBA.
“To date, however, it is our understanding that the FHWA has not provided clear guidance to the states indicating that movable barriers are eligible items for purchase with their federal-aid funds even if the state warrants they will be used exclusively on their federal-aid projects. This lack of guidance has essentially blocked the potential use of this innovative, life-saving product class on federal-aid highway projects across the nation,” ARTBA said.
Ruane concluded, asking that Nadeau “remedy this situation expeditiously with clear written guidance to FHWA personnel and the state DOTs.”
Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.