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H.R.2125 - Surface Transportation Safety Act of 2009
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out programs and activities to improve highway safety.
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Mr. RAHALL (for himself, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, and Mr. GERLACH) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. WORKER INJURY PREVENTION AND FREE FLOW OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.
The Secretary of Transportation shall modify regulations issued pursuant to section 1402 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (
SEC. 3. POSITIVE PROTECTIVE DEVICES.
Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall modify section 630.1108(a) of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, to ensure that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) at a minimum, positive protective measures are used to separate workers on highway construction projects from motorized traffic in all work zones conducted under traffic in areas that offer workers no means of escape, including tunnels and bridges, unless an engineering analysis determines otherwise;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) temporary longitudinal traffic barriers are used to protect workers on highway construction projects in stationary work zones lasting 2 weeks or more when the project design speed is 45 miles per hour or greater and the nature of the work requires workers to be within one lane-width from the edge of a live travel lane, unless--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) the project is located in a State with a population density of 20 or fewer persons per square mile, outside of an urbanized area, and on a roadway with an annual average daily traffic load that is less than 100 vehicles per hour; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) when positive protective devices are necessary for highway construction projects, such devices are paid for on a unit pay basis, unless doing so would create a conflict with innovative contracting approaches such as design-build or a performance-based contract where the contractor is paid to assume a certain risk allocation and payment is generally made on a lump sum basis.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. USE OF PATENTED OR PROPRIETARY ITEMS TO FURTHER STATE STRATEGIC HIGHWAY SAFETY PLANS.
‘(1) APPROVAL OF USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS- The Secretary shall approve the use of Federal funds made available to carry out this chapter by a State in the payment of patented or proprietary items if the State transportation department certifies, based on the documented analysis and professional judgment of qualified State transportation officials, that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(D) any patented or proprietary item specified pursuant to the certification will be available in sufficient quantity to complete any project identified in bid documents.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS- The authority to utilize patented or proprietary items provided in paragraph (1) is in addition to authority to utilize such products that exists under this section and under section 635.411 of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on March 2, 2009. The Secretary may not revise such regulation to reduce authority to utilize patented or proprietary items.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. MINIMUM LEVEL OF RETROREFLECTIVITY FOR PAVEMENT MARKINGS.
Not later than October 1, 2010, the Secretary of Transportation shall revise the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to include a standard for a minimum level of retroreflectivity that must be maintained for pavement markings. Such standard shall apply to all roads open to public travel.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.
‘(xi) Installation, replacement, and upgrade of highway signs and pavement markings, including any upgrade of materials and the implementation of any assessment or management method designed to meet a State-established performance standard, Federal regulation, or requirement contained in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices relating to minimum levels of retroreflectivity.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) PROJECT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM LEVELS OF RETROREFLECTIVITY- The term ‘project to maintain minimum levels of retroreflectivity’ means a project undertaken pursuant to the provisions of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requiring public agencies to use an assessment or management method that is designed to maintain highway sign or pavement marking retroreflectivity at or above prescribed minimum levels.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) any project to maintain minimum levels of retroreflectivity on a public road, whether or not such project is included in the State strategic highway safety plan; or’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) INCREASED FEDERAL SHARE- The first sentence of section 120(c)(1) is amended by inserting ‘maintaining minimum levels of retroreflectivity of highway signs or pavement markings,’ after ‘signalization,’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. ROADWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR OLDER DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS.
(a) In General- The Secretary of Transportation shall carry out a program to improve traffic signs and pavement markings in all States (as such term is defined in
(b) Apportionment of Funds- On October 1 of each fiscal year, the Secretary shall apportion sums authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section for such fiscal year among the several States using the overall formula share for each State for fiscal year 2009 for all funds subject to
(c) Federal Share- The Federal share of the cost of a project carried out under this section shall be determined in accordance with
(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) $90,000,000 to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Applicability of Title 23- Funds made available to carry out this section shall be available for obligation in the same manner as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. RAIL-HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS.
(1) SURVEY AND SCHEDULE OF PROJECTS-
(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) to carry out
SEC. 9. REVIEW OF SAFETY OF RAIL-HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS.
(c) Priority List- Based on the information collected in conducting the comprehensive review under subsection (a), the Secretary shall compile, maintain, and submit to Congress a list of the 10 rail-highway grade crossings in each State that have the greatest need for safety improvements.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Inclusion in Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Database- The Secretary shall include the information collected in conducting the comprehensive review under subsection (a), and the priority list submitted under subsection (c), in the national database on the safety of rail-highway grade crossings required under
(f) Availability of Information- The Secretary shall make priority lists and databases compiled under this section available to the public through the Internet Web site of the Department of Transportation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Limitation on Use of Data in Judicial Proceedings- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any report, review, survey, schedule, list, data, or information or document of any kind compiled or collected pursuant to this section, including for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, or planning the safety enhancement of a potential accident site or railway-highway crossing pursuant to this section shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence in a Federal or State court proceeding or considered for other purposes in any action for damages arising from any occurrence at a location mentioned or addressed in such report, review, survey, schedule, list, or data.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 10. RAIL-HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING SAFETY.
‘Sec. 20168. Rail-highway grade crossing safety information
‘(a) Establishment of Database- The Secretary of Transportation shall establish and maintain a national database of information on the safety of rail-highway grade crossings in the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Accident and Incident Reports To Be Included in Database- The Secretary shall include in the database under subsection (a) information from incident reports filed with the Federal Railroad Administration regarding accidents and other safety-related incidents that have occurred at rail-highway grade crossings.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 11. RURAL STATE INITIATIVE.
(a) in General- To address the problem of a significant portion of traffic fatalities occurring on highways in rural areas, the Secretary of Transportation shall, for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2010, allocate $20,000,000 to each State with a population density of less than 20 persons per square mile (based on the most recent decentennial census) for use by such States for projects, programs, and activities that are eligible for assistance under
(b) Treatment of Funds- Such allocations shall not be considered an apportionment within the meaning of section 105 of such title or considered a ‘specific program’ within the meaning of such section 105.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Applicability of Title 23- Except as provided by subsection (b), funds made available to carry out this section shall be available for obligation in the same manner as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink