Map-21 Reauthorization Bill Approved by EPW Committee
On May 15, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released the much anticipated MAP-21 Reauthorization bill and completed a mark-up. The 150 page bill continues the reforms enacted in MAP-21 with a number of modifications. The six year bill proposes current funding levels and adjusts for inflation.
The key, however will be financing the surface transportation program which falls under the responsibility of the Committee on Finance. Read S.2322.
Read NACo's Summary of the Bill.
Key Components Affecting Counties
- Maintaining the Categorical Exclusions in MAP-21
- Maintaining funding for Off-System Bridges
- Bundling of Bridge Projects
- Flexibility of Certain Rural Road and Bridge Projects
- Modifications to the High Risk Rural Road Program
- Projects of National and Regional Significance
- State Flexibility for NHS Modifications
- Acceleration of Project Delivery
While the bill is not all that we hoped it would be, it provides a start to the process of establishing a long term reauthorization measure.Our eyes are on the House now, as we continue our discussions with the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which will begin drafting their version soon. We know the House is more sympathetic to the streamlining reforms we have been working towards.
As we move forward, it is critical that we all work together to influence the House language. NACE will be asking members and affiliates to join us in reaching out to the committee members to express our desires for county roads and bridges.