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SAFETEA-LU Rollout WebCast Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program February 2006 David Hilgendorf, WFLHD ERFO Coordinator February 2006.

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1 SAFETEA-LU Rollout WebCast Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program February 2006 David Hilgendorf, WFLHD ERFO Coordinator February 2006 David Hilgendorf, WFLHD ERFO Coordinator

2 Objectives  ERFO Program Overview  Program Benefits  Additional Information  ERFO Program Overview  Program Benefits  Additional Information

3 Federal Highway Emergency Relief Programs  The Emergency Relief (ER) Program was authorized under the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1958  The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program was established in July 1977  The Emergency Relief (ER) Program was authorized under the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1958  The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) Program was established in July 1977

4 Federal Highway Emergency Relief Programs  Title 23 U.S.C., Section 125  Authorizes both the ER and ERFO Programs  Title 23, CFR, Part 668 – Emergency Relief Program  Subpart A - Procedures for Federal-Aid Highways (ER)  Subpart B – Procedures for Federal Agencies for Federal Roads (ERFO)  Title 23 U.S.C., Section 125  Authorizes both the ER and ERFO Programs  Title 23, CFR, Part 668 – Emergency Relief Program  Subpart A - Procedures for Federal-Aid Highways (ER)  Subpart B – Procedures for Federal Agencies for Federal Roads (ERFO)

5 ERFO Program Overview Program Funds  Permanent annual authorization of $100 million distributed by the Secretary of Transportation to:  Federal-Aid Highways (ER) and  Federally Owned Roads (ERFO)  Supplemental appropriations as approved by Congress  Permanent annual authorization of $100 million distributed by the Secretary of Transportation to:  Federal-Aid Highways (ER) and  Federally Owned Roads (ERFO)  Supplemental appropriations as approved by Congress

6 ERFO Program Overview Purpose  Help pay unusually heavy expenses to repair serious damage on Federal Roads and Bridges as a result of a  Natural disaster over a wide area or  Catastrophic failure of a major road segment  Help pay unusually heavy expenses to repair serious damage on Federal Roads and Bridges as a result of a  Natural disaster over a wide area or  Catastrophic failure of a major road segment

7 ERFO Program Overview Eligible Repairs  Restoration in-kind to pre-disaster conditions is expected to be the predominate type of repair  Only repair of serious damage is eligible for funding  Heavy maintenance is not eligible  Restoration in-kind to pre-disaster conditions is expected to be the predominate type of repair  Only repair of serious damage is eligible for funding  Heavy maintenance is not eligible

8 ERFO Program Overview Funding Thresholds  Eligible repairs must exceed $700,000 for each disaster or catastrophic failure  Eligible repairs must exceed $5,000 for each site  Eligible repairs must exceed $700,000 for each disaster or catastrophic failure  Eligible repairs must exceed $5,000 for each site

9 ERFO Program Overview Eligible Facilities  Eligible Federal Roads  BLM and FS roads open to public travel  Forest Highways  Land Management Highways  Eligible Trails  Trails designated by Congress under the National Trails System Act of 1968  Eligible Federal Roads  BLM and FS roads open to public travel  Forest Highways  Land Management Highways  Eligible Trails  Trails designated by Congress under the National Trails System Act of 1968

10 ERFO Program Overview Timelines  Repairs must be given priority over non- emergency work  Projects not under construction within 2- years will be withdrawn unless suitable justification is provided  Time extensions are not granted due to lack of funds  Repairs must be given priority over non- emergency work  Projects not under construction within 2- years will be withdrawn unless suitable justification is provided  Time extensions are not granted due to lack of funds

11 ERFO Program Overview NEPA  All repairs must comply with NEPA  Emergency repairs are categorically excluded from the requirements to prepare an EA or EIS (23CFR, (c)(9))  All repairs must comply with NEPA  Emergency repairs are categorically excluded from the requirements to prepare an EA or EIS (23CFR, (c)(9))

12 ERFO Program Overview Process  Notify FHWA of Damage  Participate in Disaster Assessment  Prepare Damage Survey Reports (DSR)  Request and Manage Funds  Annually submit Status Reports  Expedite Repairs  Obtain prior approval for all permanent repairs  Reconcile Funds at Disaster Closeout  Notify FHWA of Damage  Participate in Disaster Assessment  Prepare Damage Survey Reports (DSR)  Request and Manage Funds  Annually submit Status Reports  Expedite Repairs  Obtain prior approval for all permanent repairs  Reconcile Funds at Disaster Closeout

13 ERFO Program Overview Disaster Closeout Review  The BLM and FS must submit final records for each eligible repair  Contract Documents  Plans, specifications, NEPA documents, permits, contract payments, actual quantities, release of claims  Financial Records  Payroll, travel, per diem, materials, supplies, and equipment rental  The BLM and FS must submit final records for each eligible repair  Contract Documents  Plans, specifications, NEPA documents, permits, contract payments, actual quantities, release of claims  Financial Records  Payroll, travel, per diem, materials, supplies, and equipment rental

14 ERFO Program Benefits  Helps cover unusually high expenses from unplanned events  Alternate Funding Source FY00 to FY05  BLM = 2.7 million  FS = 51.0 million  Technical Assistance available from FLH Divisions  NEPA, Design, Construction  Helps cover unusually high expenses from unplanned events  Alternate Funding Source FY00 to FY05  BLM = 2.7 million  FS = 51.0 million  Technical Assistance available from FLH Divisions  NEPA, Design, Construction

15 Emergency Repairs

16 Bridge Failure

17 Road Abandonment

18 Additional Information  1½ day ERFO Training Course available upon request  Download ERFO Manual and Forms at   1½ day ERFO Training Course available upon request  Download ERFO Manual and Forms at 

19 Federal Lands Highway ERFO Program Contacts  Donald Patrick  FLH HQ Program Manager (202)  Sergio Mayorga  EFLHD ERFO Coordinator (571)  Donald Patrick  FLH HQ Program Manager (202)  Sergio Mayorga  EFLHD ERFO Coordinator (571)

20 Federal Lands Highway ERFO Program Contacts  Mike Daly  CFLHD ERFO Coordinator (720)  Dave Hilgendorf  WFLHD ERFO Coordinator (360)  Mike Daly  CFLHD ERFO Coordinator (720)  Dave Hilgendorf  WFLHD ERFO Coordinator (360)


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