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HR 946 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 946
To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a program for expanding
the capacity of heavily traveled portions of the National System of Interstate
and Defense Highways located in urbanized areas with a population of 50,000
or more for the purposes of reducing traffic congestion, improving safety,
and increasing the efficiency of the System.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 6, 1991
Mr. WOLF (for himself and Mr. HOYER) introduced the following bill; which
was referred to the Committee on Public Works and Transportation
A BILL
To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a program for expanding
the capacity of heavily traveled portions of the National System of Interstate
and Defense Highways located in urbanized areas with a population of 50,000
or more for the purposes of reducing traffic congestion, improving safety,
and increasing the efficiency of the System.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. URBAN INTERSTATE EXPANSION PROGRAM.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 119(a) of title 23, United States Code, is amended
  by inserting `(1) RESURFACING PROGRAM--' before `The Secretary' and by
  adding at the end the following new paragraph:
  `(2) CAPACITY EXPANSION PROGRAM- The Secretary may approve projects within
  urbanized areas of 50,000 population or more for expanding the capacity of
  open-to-traffic routes of the Interstate System designated under sections
  103 and 139(c) of this title and open-to-traffic routes on the Interstate
  System designated under section 139(a) and (b) of this title; except that
  the Secretary may only approve a project pursuant to this paragraph on a toll
  road if such toll road is subject to a Secretarial agreement provided for in
  subsection (e). Sums authorized to be appropriated for this paragraph shall
  be out of the Highway Trust Fund and shall be apportioned in accordance with
  section 104(b)(5)(C) of this title. The Federal share for any project under
  this paragraph shall be that set forth in section 120(n) of this title.'.
  (b) ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF PROJECTS- Section 119(c) of such title is
  amended--
  (1) by striking `Reconstructing' and inserting `ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF
  PROJECTS- Reconstruction and capacity expansion projects'; and
  (2) by adding at the end the following new sentence: `The Secretary
  may approve under subsection (a)(2) as a part of a capacity expansion
  project within an urbanized area of 50,000 population or more on a
  route of the Interstate System construction of noise barriers along such
  route, acquisition of right-of-way for future construction of mass transit
  facilities along such route, acquisition of land for construction of parking
  lots to encourage car and van pooling and mass transit ridership by persons
  traveling on such route, and acquisition of land (including right-of-way)
  for bikepaths along such route if such barriers, right-of-way, or land
  are or will be located in such urbanized area.'.
  (c) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS-
  (1) SECTION 119(a)- Section 119(a) of such title is further amended--
  (A) by inserting `RESURFACING AND CAPACITY EXPANSION PROGRAMS- ' after `(a)';
  (B) by indenting and aligning paragraph (1), as designated by subsection
  (a) of this section, with paragraph (2), as added by such subsection (a); and
  (C) in paragraph (1), as so designated, by striking `this subsection'
  each place it appears and inserting `this paragraph' and by striking
  `this section' and inserting `this paragraph'.
  (2) SECTION 139- Section 139 of such title is amended--
  (A) by inserting before the period at the end of the last sentence of
  subsection (a) and before the period at the end of the fourth sentence
  of subsection (b) the following: `and funds available to it under section
  104(b)(5)(C) of this title for expanding within urbanized areas of 50,000
  population or more the capacity of any highway designated as a route on
  the Interstate System under this subsection'; and
  (B) by inserting before the period at the end of the last sentence of
  subsection (c) the following: `and Federal-aid highway funds available to
  it under section 104(b)(5)(C) of this title for expanding within urbanized
  areas of 50,000 population or more the capacity of any highway designated
  as a route on the Interstate System under this subsection'.
SEC. 2. APPORTIONMENT FORMULA.
  Section 104(b)(5) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding
  at the end the following new subparagraph:
  `(C) For expanding within urbanized areas of 50,000 population or more
  the capacity of the Interstate System:
  `45 percent in the ratio that lane miles on the interstate routes designated
  under sections 103 and 139(c) of this title (other than those on toll
  roads not subject to a Secretarial agreement provided for in section
  119(e) of this title) and located within such areas of each State bears
  to the total of all such lane miles within such areas of all States;
  and 55 percent in the ratio that vehicle miles traveled on lanes on the
  interstate routes designated under sections 103 and 139(c) of this title
  (other than those on toll roads not subject to a Secretarial agreement
  provided for in section 119(e) of this title) and located within such
  areas of each State bears to the total of all such vehicle miles within
  such areas of all States. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence no State
  (excluding any State that has no interstate lane miles) shall receive less
  than  1/2  of 1 percent of the total apportionment made by this subparagraph
  for any fiscal year'.
SEC. 3. PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY; DISCRETIONARY USE OF LAPSED FUNDS.
  Section 118(b) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by redesignating
  paragraph (4), and any references thereto, as paragraph (5) and by inserting
  after paragraph (3) the following new paragraph:
  `(4) INTERSTATE CAPACITY EXPANSION FUNDS-
  `(A) PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY- Any amount apportioned to a State for the
  Interstate System under section 104(b)(5)(C) of this title shall continue
  to be available for expenditure in the State for a period of 1 year after
  the last day of the fiscal year for which such sums are authorized.
  `(B) DISCRETIONARY PROJECTS- Sums not obligated within the time period
  prescribed by subparagraph (A) shall lapse and be made available by the
  Secretary for projects within an urbanized area of 50,000 population or
  more for expanding the capacity of any open-to-traffic route (or portion
  thereof) on the Interstate System (other than a highway designated as a
  part of the Interstate System under section 139 and a toll road on the
  Interstate System not subject to an agreement under section 119(e) of this
  title). Such funds shall be made available by the Secretary to any other
  State applying for such funds, if the Secretary determines that--
  `(i) the State has obligated all of its apportionments under section
  104(b)(5)(C) other than an amount which, by itself is insufficient to pay
  the Federal share of the cost of such a project which has been submitted
  by such State to the Secretary for approval; and
  `(ii) the applicant is willing and able to (I) obligate the funds within
  1 year of the date the funds are made available, (II) apply them to a
  ready-to-commence project, and (III) in the case of construction work,
  begin work within 90 days of obligation.
  `(C) PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY OF DISCRETIONARY FUNDS- Sums made available
  pursuant to this paragraph shall remain available until expended.'.
SEC. 4. FEDERAL SHARE.
  Section 120 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by redesignating
  subsection (n), and any references thereto, as subsection (o) and by
  inserting after subsection (m) the following new subsection:
  `(n) INTERSTATE CAPACITY EXPANSION PROJECTS- The Federal share payable
  on account of any project within an urbanized area of 50,000 population
  or more for expanding the capacity of any open-to-traffic route on the
  Interstate System shall be 80 percent of the total cost thereof.'.
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
  For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of title 23, United States
  Code, there is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust
  Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for expanding within urbanized
  areas of 50,000 population or more the capacity of the National System of
  Interstate and Defense Highways $2,000,000,000 per fiscal year for each
  of fiscal years 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.