05/28/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/28/2020 20:52
Contact: Mike Reynard
Tel.: (202) 366-0660
'America's restaurants and retailers are the engine of our economy,' said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. 'Without compromising safety, the FHWA wants to help these businesses find a way to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency and continue to operate.'
In response to State requests, FHWA will consider short-term FMV exceptions for the temporary use of sidewalks and public parking that offer more area for restaurants and stores to serve their customers at a safe distance. States must implement proper safety measures to protect both clients and employees in the ROW area. These include ensuring safety for drivers and pedestrians.
The FHWA has decided to consider short-term FMV exceptions on a case-by-case basis given these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances to assist States in their efforts to reopen business and spur economic recovery. Executive Order (EO) 13924, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, further supports FHWA using its authority to encourage economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The exceptions will be granted only for the limited purpose of safely reopening the economy and for an initial period of 120 days from the date of the exception.
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