Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection

Summary:

The FHWA has forwarded the information collection request described in this notice to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew an information collection. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information collection on December 16, 2009. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Dates:

Please submit comments by April 12, 2010.

Addresses:

You may send comments within 30 days to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention DOT Desk Officer. You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. All comments should include the Docket number FHWA-2010-0021.

For further information contact:

Ken Epstein, 202-366-2157, Office of Safety Design, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, East Building, Room E71-113, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.

Supplementary information:

Title: Developing and Recording Costs for Railroad Adjustments.

OMB Control Number:2125-0521.

Background: Under 23 U.S.C. 130, the FHWA reimburses the State highway agencies when they have paid for the cost of projects that (1) eliminate hazards at railroad/highway crossings, or (2) adjust railroad facilities to accommodate the construction of highway projects. The FHWA requires the railroad companies to document their costs incurred for adjusting their facilities. The railroad companies must have a system for recording labor, materials, supplies, and equipment costs incurred when undertaking the necessary railroad work. This record of costs forms the basis for payment by the State highway agency to the railroad company, and in turn FHWA reimburses the State for its payment to the railroad company.

Respondents: Approximately 135 railroad companies are involved in an average of 10 railroad/highway projects per year, total frequency is 1,350 railroad adjustments.

Frequency: Annually.

Estimated Average Burden per Response: The average number of hours required to calculate the railroad adjustment costs and maintain the required records per adjustment is 12 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The FHWA estimates that the total annual burden imposed on the public by this collection is 16,200 hours.

Authority:

23 U.S.C. 121, 130; 23 CFR 140 Subpart I; the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

Issued On March 5, 2010. Juli Huynh,

Chief, Management Programs, and Analysis Division.

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