FHWA Lets 200K Bridges Skip Historic Permit Review

Law360, New York (September 6, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT) -- Nearly 200,000 U.S. bridges in need of repair may be able to bypass a once-mandatory federal review after the Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that it would start distinguishing between those that are old and historic, and those that are simply old.

The move comes as welcome news to state and local transportation authorities that rely on the FHWA to pay for upgrades to aging crossings. But attorneys said it could raise alarm bells among historic preservation groups, which are frequent court opponents of infrastructure work....
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