Encourages Prioritization of Review and Permitting Reform Regs, Discourages Limits on State Flexibility
On January 6, AGC provided feedback to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on its initial guidance on implementation of the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). AGC strongly encouraged the agency to expediently implement environmental review and permitting reforms contained in the bill without creating new regulatory hurdles in the process. Additionally, AGC encouraged the agency to seek adequate industry input and allow for an extended transition period to new Buy America requirements on construction materials. AGC cautioned the agency that language contained in their guidance document on limiting new highway capacity for single occupancy vehicles defies congressional intent. AGC will continue to monitor FHWA’s implementation of this historic legislation and ensure the policies contained in the bill are implemented clearly and as intended.