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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

23 CFR Part 630

[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2006-25203]

RIN 2125-AF10

Temporary Traffic Control Devices

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: The FHWA is extending the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments, which was published on November 1, 2006, at 71 FR 64173. The original comment period is set to close on January 2, 2007. The extension is based on concern expressed by the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) that the January 2 closing date does not provide sufficient time for discussion of the issues in committee and a subsequent comprehensive response to the docket. The FHWA recognizes that others interested in commenting may have similar time constraints and agree that the comment period should be extended. Therefore, the closing date for comments is changed to February 16, 2007, which will provide the NCUTCD and others interested in commenting additional time to discuss, evaluate, and submit responses to the docket.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 16, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, or submit electronically athttp://dmses.dot.gov/submitor fax comments to (202) 493-2251. Alternatively, comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal athttp://www.regulations.gov. All comments should include the docket number that appears in the heading of this document. All comments received will be available for examination at the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments electronically. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Persons making comments may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in theFederal Registerpublished on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, Pages 19477-78) or may visithttp://dms.dot.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chung Eng, Office of Transportation Operations, (202) 366-8043; or Mr. Raymond W. Cuprill, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-0791, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access and Filing

You may submit or retrieve comments online through the Document Management System (DMS) at:http://dmses.dot.gov/submit. The DMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines are available under the help section of the Web site.

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Background

On November 1, 2006, the FHWA published in theFederal Registeran NPRM that proposes to supplement its regulation governing work zone safety and mobility in highway and street work zones. The NPRM proposes to include conditions for the appropriate use of, and expenditure of funds for, uniformed law enforcement officers, positive protective measures between workers and motorized traffic, and installation and maintenance of temporary traffic control devices during construction, utility, and maintenance operations. The proposed changes are intended to decrease the likelihood of fatalities and injuries to workers who are exposed to motorized traffic (vehicles using the highways for the purposes of travel) while working on Federal-aid highway projects.

The original comment period for the NPRM closes on January 2, 2007. The NCUTCD has expressed concern that this closing date does not provide sufficient time to review and discuss the proposed changes; and then, develop and submit complete responses to the docket. To allow time for this organization and others to submit comprehensive comments, the closing date is changed from January 2, 2007, to February 16, 2007.

Authority:

23 U.S.C. 109(c) and 112; Sec. 1110 of Pub. L. 109-59; 23 CFR 1.32; and 49 CFR 1.48(b).

Issued on: December 12, 2006. J. Richard Capka, Federal Highway Administrator.