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Suspension of New Forest Highway Designation Requests

Posted Date: 
May 9, 2012
Phyllis Chun, Planning & Programs Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Admistration

Please note memo below from Phyllis Chun Planning and Program Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Administration announcing that they have suspended NEW requests for designations of roads as Forest Highways.  With the uncertainly about future funding for this program in whatever Congress may end up passing as new Transportation bill, this was determined to be the prudent thing to do.  This decision WILL NOT AFFECT any current designations, including those recently approved.


Given the language in MAP 21 and drafts of legislation being considered by the House,  it appears that the Forest Highway Program will not exist in its current format in the next highway authorization. It is not known at this time when Congress will pass a new authorization.  Due to the uncertainty of the timing and content of the new authorization, the Federal Highway Administration is suspending consideration of new forest highway designation requests until we have more information on the structure and processes that will be implemented under the new bill. We will keep you informed as new legislation pertaining to the Federal Lands programs is finalized.

In the meantime, we will continue processing the current forest highway designation requests that have already been submitted. 

Please share this notification with the  appropriate individuals. If you have any questions, please call me.


Phyllis Chun | (360) 619-7922 |