[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 159 (Thursday, August 17, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47558-47559]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-13510]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 Federal Highway Administration


Annual Materials Report on New Bridge Construction and Bridge 
Rehabilitation

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Section 1114 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 
109-59; 119 Stat. 1144) continued the highway bridge program to enable 
States to improve the condition of their highway bridges over 
waterways, other topographical barriers, other highways, and railroads. 
Section 1114(f) amends 23 U.S.C. 144 by adding subsection (r), 
requiring the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to publish in the 
Federal Register a report describing construction materials used in new 
Federal-aid bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation projects.

DATES: The report will be posted on the FHWA Web site no later than 
August 10, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The report will be posted on the FHWA Web site at: http://
www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge.britab.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Ann Shemaka, Office of Bridge 
Technology, HIBT-30, (202) 366-2997, or Mr. Thomas Everett, Office of 
Bridge Technology, HIBT-30, (202) 366-4675, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office 
hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In conformance with 23 U.S.C. 144(r), the 
FHWA has produced a report that summarizes the types of construction 
materials used in new bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation 
projects. Data on Federal-aid and non-Federal-aid highway bridges are 
included in the report for completeness. The December 2005 National 
Bridge Inventory (NBI) dataset was used to identify the material types 
for bridges that were new or replaced within the defined time period. 
The FHWA's Financial Management Information System (FMIS) and the 2005 
NBI were used to identify the material types for bridges that were 
rehabilitated within the defined time period. Currently preventative 
maintenance projects are included in the rehabilitation totals.
    The report, which is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/
britab, consists of the following tables:
     Construction Materials for New and Replaced Bridges, a 
summary report which includes Federal-aid highways and non-Federal-aid 
highways built in 2003 and 2004.
     Construction Materials for Rehabilitated Bridges, a 
summary report which includes Federal-aid and non-Federal-aid highways 
rehabilitated in 2003 and 2004.
     Construction Materials for Combined New, Replaced and 
Rehabilitated Bridges, a summary report which combines the first two 
tables cited above.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New and 
Replaced Bridges 2003, a detailed State-by-State report with counts and 
areas for Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2003.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
and Replaced Bridges 2003, a detailed State-by-State report with counts 
and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2003.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges

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2003, a detailed State-by-State report with counts and areas for 
rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges in 2003.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2003, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges in 2003.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New and 
Replaced Bridges 2004, a detailed State-by-State report with counts and 
areas for Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2004.
     Non-Federal-Aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
and Replaced Bridges 2004, a detailed State-by-State report with counts 
and areas for non-Federal-aid bridges built or replaced in 2004.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2004, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges 2004.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for 
Rehabilitated Bridges 2004, a detailed State-by-State report with 
counts and areas for rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges types in 
2004.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2003, which combines the 2003 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2003, which combines the 2003 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges.
     Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New, 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2004, which combines the 2004 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated Federal-aid bridges.
     Non-Federal-aid Highways: Construction Materials for New 
Replaced and Rehabilitated Bridges 2004, which combines the 2004 
reports on new, replaced and rehabilitated non-Federal-aid bridges.
    The tables provide data for 2 years: 2003 and 2004. The 2003 data 
is considered complete for new and rehabilitated bridges, with a 
minimal likelihood of upward changes in the totals. The 2004 data is 
considered partially complete for new bridges and complete for 
rehabilitated bridges, because many new bridges built in 2004 will not 
appear in the NBI until they are placed into service the following 
year. Therefore, next year's report will include 2004's data on new 
bridge construction, because the data will be complete.
    Each table displays simple counts of bridges and total bridge deck 
area. Total bridge deck area is measured in square meters, by 
multiplying the bridge length by the deck width out-to-out. The data is 
categorized by the following material types, which are identified in 
the NBI: steel, concrete, pre-stressed concrete and other. The category 
``Other'' includes wood, timber, masonry, aluminum, wrought iron, cast 
iron and other. Material type is the predominate type for the main 
span(s).

(Authority: 23 U.S.C. 144(r); Sec. 1114(f), Pub. L. 109-59, 119 
Stat. 1144.)

    Issued on: August 10, 2006.
J. Richard Capka,
Federal Highway Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-13510 Filed 8-16-06; 8:45 am]
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