(1) In general.— Funds made available under the Federal lands transportation program shall be used by the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency to pay the costs of—
(A)program administration, transportation planning, research, preventive maintenance, engineering, rehabilitation, restoration, construction, and reconstruction of Federal lands transportation facilities, and—
(i)adjacent vehicular parking areas;
(ii)acquisition of necessary scenic easements and scenic or historic sites;
(iii)provision for pedestrians and bicycles;
(iv)environmental mitigation in or adjacent to Federal land open to the public—
(I)to improve public safety and reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity; and
(II)to mitigate the damage to wildlife, aquatic organism passage, habitat, and ecosystem connectivity, including the costs of constructing, maintaining, replacing, or removing culverts and bridges, as appropriate;
(v)construction and reconstruction of roadside rest areas, including sanitary and water facilities;
(vi)congestion mitigation; and
(vii)other appropriate public road facilities, as determined by the Secretary;
(B)operation and maintenance of transit facilities;
(C)any transportation project eligible for assistance under this title that is on a public road within or adjacent to, or that provides access to, Federal lands open to the public; and
(D)not more $10,000,000 of the amounts made available per fiscal year to carry out this section for activities eligible under subparagraph (A)(iv).
(2) Contract.— In connection with an activity described in paragraph (1), the Secretary and the Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency may enter into a contract or other appropriate agreement with respect to the activity with—
(A)a State (including a political subdivision of a State); or
(B)an Indian tribe.
(3) Administration.— All appropriations for the construction and improvement of Federal lands transportation facilities shall be administered in conformity with regulations and agreements jointly approved by the Secretary and the Secretary of the appropriate Federal land managing agency.
(A) In general.— The cooperation of States, counties, or other local subdivisions may be accepted in construction and improvement.
(B) Funds received.— Any funds received from a State, county, or local subdivision shall be credited to appropriations available for the class of Federal lands transportation facilities to which the funds were contributed.
(5) Competitive bidding.—
(A) In general.— Subject to subparagraph (B), construction of each project shall be performed by contract awarded by competitive bidding.
(B) Exception.— Subparagraph (A) shall not apply if the Secretary or the Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency affirmatively finds that, under the circumstances relating to the project, a different method is in the public interest.
(b) Agency Program Distributions.—
(1) In general.— On October 1, 2011, and on October 1 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary shall allocate the sums authorized to be appropriated for the fiscal year for the Federal lands transportation program on the basis of applications of need, as determined by the Secretary—
(A)in consultation with the Secretaries of the applicable Federal land management agencies; and
(B)in coordination with the transportation plans required under section 201 of the respective transportation systems of—
(i)the National Park Service;
(ii)the Forest Service;
(iii)the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;
(iv)the Corps of Engineers; and
(v)the Bureau of Land Management.
(A) Requirements.— Each application submitted by a Federal land management agency shall include proposed programs at various potential funding levels, as defined by the Secretary following collaborative discussions with applicable Federal land management agencies.
(B) Consideration by secretary.— In evaluating an application submitted under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall consider the extent to which the programs support—
(i)the transportation goals of—
(I)a state of good repair of transportation facilities;
(II)a reduction of bridge deficiencies, and
(III)an improvement of safety;
(ii)high-use Federal recreational sites or Federal economic generators; and
(iii)the resource and asset management goals of the Secretary of the respective Federal land management agency.
(C) Permissive contents.— Applications may include proposed programs the duration of which extend over a multiple-year period to support long-term transportation planning and resource management initiatives.
(c) National Federal Lands Transportation Facility Inventory.—
(1) In general.— The Secretaries of the appropriate Federal land management agencies, in cooperation with the Secretary, shall maintain a comprehensive national inventory of public Federal lands transportation facilities.
(2) Transportation facilities included in the inventories.— To identify the Federal lands transportation system and determine the relative transportation needs among Federal land management agencies, the inventories shall include, at a minimum, facilities that—
(A)provide access to high-use Federal recreation sites or Federal economic generators, as determined by the Secretary in coordination with the respective Secretaries of the appropriate Federal land management agencies; and
(B)are owned by 1 of the following agencies:
(i)The National Park Service.
(ii)The Forest Service.
(iii)The United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
(iv)The Bureau of Land Management.
(v)The Corps of Engineers.
(3) Availability.— The inventories shall be made available to the Secretary.
(4) Updates.— The Secretaries of the appropriate Federal land management agencies shall update the inventories of the appropriate Federal land management agencies, as determined by the Secretary after collaborative discussions with the Secretaries of the appropriate Federal land management agencies.
(5) Review.— A decision to add or remove a facility from the inventory shall not be considered a Federal action for purposes of review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
(d) Bicycle Safety.— The Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency shall prohibit the use of bicycles on each federally owned road that has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or greater and an adjacent paved path for use by bicycles within 100 yards of the road unless the Secretary determines that the bicycle level of service on that roadway is rated B or higher.
Funds authorized for forest development roads and trails, public lands development roads and trails, park road, parkways, refuge roads, Indian reservation roads, and public lands highways shall be available for contract upon apportionment, or on October 1, of the fiscal year for which authorized if no apportionment is required. Any amount remaining unexpended for a period of three years after the close of the fiscal year for which authorized shall lapse. The Secretary of the Department charged with the administration of such funds is granted authority to incur obligations, approve projects, and enter into contracts under such authorizations and his action in doing so shall be deemed a contractual obligation of the United States for the payment of the cost thereof and such funds shall be deemed to have been expended when so obligated. Any funds heretofore or hereafter authorized for any fiscal year for forest development roads and trails, public lands development roads and trails, park road, parkways, refuge roads, Indian roads, and public lands highways shall be deemed to have been expended if a sum equal to the total of the sums authorized for such fiscal year and previous fiscal years since and including the fiscal year ending June 30, 1955, shall have been obligated. Any of such funds released by payment of final voucher or modification of project authorizations shall be credited to the balance of unobligated authorizations and be immediately available for expenditure. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authorization by the Secretary of engineering and related work for a Federal lands highways program project, or the approval by the Secretary of plans, specifications, and estimates for construction of a Federal lands highways program project, shall be deemed to constitute a contractual obligation of the Federal Government to pay the Federal share of the cost of the project.
1998—Pub. L. 105–178substituted “for forest development roads and trails” for “for, forest development roads and trails” in two places, inserted “refuge roads,” after “parkways,” in two places, and inserted at end “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authorization by the Secretary of engineering and related work for a Federal lands highways program project, or the approval by the Secretary of plans, specifications, and estimates for construction of a Federal lands highways program project, shall be deemed to constitute a contractual obligation of the Federal Government to pay the Federal share of the cost of the project.”
1991—Pub. L. 102–240struck out “forest highways” before “, forest development roads” in two places.
1983—Pub. L. 97–424substituted “park road” for “park roads and trails” wherever appearing.
1976—Pub. L. 94–280substituted “or on October 1” for “or a date not earlier than one year preceding the beginning” in first sentence and “three years” for “two years” in second sentence.
1962—Pub. L. 87–866inserted “public lands development roads and trails,” before “park roads and trails” in two places.
1960—Pub. L. 86–657substituted “Funds authorized” for “Funds now authorized” in first sentence.
Effective Date of 1991 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 102–240effective Dec. 18, 1991, and applicable to funds authorized to be appropriated or made available after Sept. 30, 1991, and, with certain exceptions, not applicable to funds appropriated or made available on or before Sept. 30, 1991, see section 1100 ofPub. L. 102–240, set out as a note under section
104 of this title.
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