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Resilient Highways Act

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116 HR 5700 IH: Resilient Highways Act
U.S. House of Representatives
2020-01-29
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I116th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 5700IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJanuary 29, 2020Mr. Kim (for himself, Ms. Finkenauer, Mr. Rouzer, and Ms. Pingree) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureA BILLTo amend title 23, United States Code, to ensure that Federal-aid highways and bridges are more resilient, and for other purposes.
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Short title
This Act may be cited as the Resilient Highways Act.
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National highway performance program
Section 119 of title 23, United States Code, is amended— (1)in subsection (b)— (A)in paragraph (2), by striking and at the end; (B)in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and (C)by adding at the end the following: (4)to provide support for measures to increase the resiliency of Federal-aid highways and bridges on and off the National Highway System to mitigate the impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events.; and (2)by adding at the end the following: (k)
Protective features
(1)
In general
A State may use not more than 15 percent of the funds apportioned to the State under section 104(b)(1) for each fiscal year for a protective feature on a Federal-aid highway or bridge, if the protective feature is an economically justified improvement designed to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repairs from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters.
(2)
Protective features described
A protective feature referred to in paragraph (1) may include— (A)raising roadway grades; (B)relocating roadways in a floodplain to higher ground above projected flood elevation levels or away from slide prone areas; (C)stabilizing slide areas; (D)stabilizing slopes; (E)installing riprap; (F)lengthening or raising bridges to increase waterway openings; (G)deepening channels to prevent flooding; (H)increasing the size or number of drainage structures; (I)replacing culverts with bridges or upsizing culverts; (J)repairing or maintaining tide gates; (K)installing seismic retrofits on bridges; (L)adding scour protection at bridges; (M)adding spur dikes; (N)the use of natural infrastructure to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters; (O)removing debris from rivers, creeks, streams, and ditches; and (P)any other features that mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair as a result of extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters, as determined by the Secretary.
(3)
Savings provision
Nothing in this subsection limits the ability of a State to carry out a project otherwise eligible under subsection (d) using funds apportioned under section 104(b)(1).
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3.
Federal share payable
Section 120(c) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: (4)
Protective features
(A)
In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal share payable for the cost of a protective feature on a Federal-aid highway or bridge project under this title may be up to 100 percent, at the discretion of the State, if the protective feature is an economically justified improvement to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters.
(B)
Protective features described
A protective feature referred to in subparagraph (A) may include— (i)raising roadway grades; (ii)relocating roadways in a floodplain to higher ground above projected flood elevation levels or away from slide prone areas; (iii)stabilizing slide areas; (iv)stabilizing slopes; (v)installing riprap; (vi)lengthening or raising bridges to increase waterway openings; (vii)deepening channels to prevent flooding; (viii)increasing the size or number of drainage structures; (ix)replacing culverts with bridges or upsizing culverts; (x)repairing or maintaining tide gates; (xi)installing seismic retrofits on bridges; (xii)adding scour protection at bridges; (xiii)adding spur dikes; (xiv)the use of natural infrastructure to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters; (xv)removing debris from rivers, creeks, streams, and ditches; and (xvi)any other features that mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair as a result of extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters, as determined by the Secretary.
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Emergency relief
Section 125 of title 23, United States Code, is amended— (1)in subsection (a)(1), by inserting wildfire, sea level rise, after severe storm; (2)by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following: (b)
Restriction on eligibility
Funds under this section shall not be used for the repair or reconstruction of a bridge that has been permanently closed to all vehicular traffic by the State or responsible local official because of imminent danger of collapse due to a structural deficiency or physical deterioration.
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(3)in subsection (d)— (A)in paragraph (2)(A)— (i)by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; (ii)by striking a facility that meets the current and inserting the following: a facility that—(i)meets the current; and (iii)by adding at the end the following: (ii)incorporates economically justifiable improvements designed to mitigate the risk of recurring damage from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters.; (B)by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (5) as paragraphs (4) through (6), respectively; and (C)by inserting after paragraph (2) the following: (3)
Protective features
(A)
In general
The cost of an improvement that is part of a project under this section shall be an eligible expense under this section if the improvement is a protective feature that is economically justified to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters.
(B)
Protective features described
A protective feature referred to in subparagraph (A) may include— (i)raising roadway grades; (ii)relocating roadways in a floodplain to higher ground above projected flood elevation levels or away from slide prone areas; (iii)stabilizing slide areas; (iv)stabilizing slopes; (v)installing riprap; (vi)lengthening or raising bridges to increase waterway openings; (vii)deepening channels to prevent flooding; (viii)increasing the size or number of drainage structures; (ix)replacing culverts with bridges or upsizing culverts; (x)repairing or maintaining tide gates; (xi)installing seismic retrofits on bridges; (xii)adding scour protection at bridges; (xiii)adding spur dikes; (xiv)the use of natural infrastructure to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters; (xv)removing debris from rivers, creeks, streams, and ditches; and (xvi)any other features that mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repair as a result of extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters, as determined by the Secretary.
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Picture Name From Date Type
Andy Kim D-NJ 01/29/2020 Sponsor
Albio Sires D-NJ 02/11/2020 Cosponsor
David Rouzer R-NC 01/29/2020 Cosponsor
Chellie Pingree D-ME 01/29/2020 Cosponsor
Scott Peters D-CA 08/18/2020 Cosponsor
Jared Huffman D-CA 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Abby Finkenauer D-IA 01/29/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
01/30/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
01/29/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.Action By: House of Representatives
01/29/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5700. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (01/29/2020) Resilient Highways Act This bill addresses projects to increase the resiliency of federal-aid highways and bridges on and off the National Highway System. Specifically, the bill allows states to use up to 15% of funds apportioned under the national highway performance program for projects to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repairs from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters on infrastructure that is part of the National Highway System; provides for a maximum federal cost-share of up to 100% for these projects; and authorizes emergency relief funds to be used to pay for these projects, including removing debris from rivers, creeks, streams, and ditches, raising roadway grades, deepening channels to prevent flooding, improving drainage, and stabilizing slopes.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (01/29/2020) Resilient Highways Act This bill addresses projects to increase the resiliency of federal-aid highways and bridges on and off the National Highway System. Specifically, the bill allows states to use up to 15% of funds apportioned under the national highway performance program for projects to mitigate the risk of recurring damage or the cost of future repairs from extreme weather, flooding, and other natural disasters on infrastructure that is part of the National Highway System; provides for a maximum federal cost-share of up to 100% for these projects; and authorizes emergency relief funds to be used to pay for these projects, including removing debris from rivers, creeks, streams, and ditches, raising roadway grades, deepening channels to prevent flooding, improving drainage, and stabilizing slopes.
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Pingree) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureA BILLTo amend title 23, United States Code, to ensure that Federal-aid highways and bridges are more resilient, and for other purposes

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Pingree) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureA BILLTo amend title 23, United States Code, to ensure that Federal-aid highways and bridges are more resilient, and for other purposes


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