H.R. 5712 (107th): To amend title 23, United States Code, to improve roadway safety for motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians ...

...and workers in proximity to vehicle traffic.

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Nov 13, 2002 (Introduced).

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HR 5712 IH

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5712

To amend title 23, United States Code, to improve roadway safety for motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians and workers in proximity to vehicle traffic.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NOVEMBER 13, 2002

Mr. BORSKI introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend title 23, United States Code, to improve roadway safety for motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians and workers in proximity to vehicle traffic.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. ELIMINATION OF HAZARDS RELATED TO HIGHWAY FACILITIES.

    (a) DEFINITION OF SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT- Section 101(a)(30) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by inserting ‘installs or maintains fluorescent, yellow-green signs at pedestrian or bicycle crossings or school zones,’ after ‘call boxes,’.

    (b) RAILWAY-HIGHWAY CROSSINGS-

      (1) ELIGIBLE PROJECTS- The first sentence of section 130(a) of such title is amended by inserting ‘maintenance of protective devices,’ after ‘structures,’.

      (2) FUNDS FOR PROTECTIVE DEVICES- Section 130(e) of such title is amended by striking ‘At least 1/2 ’ and inserting ‘For each fiscal year, at least $150,000,000’.

      (3) BIENNIAL REPORTS TO CONGRESS- The third sentence of section 130(g) of such title is amended--

        (A) by striking ‘not later than April 1 of each year’ and inserting ‘every other year’;

        (B) by adding at the end the following: ‘The Secretary shall combine this report with the Secretary’s report under section 152(h).’.

      (4) EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS- Section 130 of such title is further amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(k) EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS- Funds made available to carry out this section shall be available for expenditure on compilation and analysis of data in support of activities carried out under subsection (g).’.

    (c) AVAILABILITY OF SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM FUNDS- The second sentence of section 133(d)(1) of such title is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘equal’ after ‘year an’; and

      (2) by striking ‘which is’ and all that follows before the period.

    (d) HAZARD ELIMINATION PROGRAM-

      (1) PURPOSES- Section 152(a)(1) of such title is amended by inserting after ‘pedestrians,’ the following: ‘identify roadway safety improvement needs for such locations, sections, and elements,’.

      (2) APPROVAL OF PROJECTS- Section 152(b) of such title is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘, that reduces the likelihood of crashes involving road departures, intersections, pedestrians, bicycles, older drivers, or construction work zones’.

      (3) EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS- Section 152(c) of such title is amended--

        (A) in paragraph (2) by striking ‘or’ at the end;

        (B) in paragraph (3) by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(4) police assistance for traffic and speed management in construction work zones; or

      ‘(5) compilation and analysis of data under subsections (f) and (g).’.

      (4) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 152(g) of such title is amended by striking the third sentence and all that follows through the period at the end of the section.

      (5) BIENNIAL REPORT TO CONGRESS- Section 152 of such title is amended--

        (A) by redesignating subsection (h) as subsection (i); and

        (B) by inserting after subsection (g) the following:

    ‘(h) BIENNIAL REPORTS TO CONGRESS- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this subsection, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate a report on the results of the program under this section. The report shall include, at a minimum, the following:

      ‘(1) A summary of State projects completed under this section categorized by the types of hazards described in subsection (b) and a statement of the cost of such projects.

      ‘(2) An analysis of the effectiveness of such projects in reducing the number and severity of crashes at high hazard locations.

      ‘(3) An assessment of the adequacy of authorized funding for the program and State use of such funding to address the national need for such projects.

      ‘(4) Recommendations for funding and program improvements to reduce the number of high hazard locations.’.

SEC. 2. WORKER INJURY PREVENTION AND FREE FLOW OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

    Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall issue regulations to decrease the likelihood of worker injury and maintain the free flow of vehicular traffic by requiring workers whose duties place them on or in close proximity to a Federal-aid highway (as defined in section 101 of title 23, United States Code) to wear high visibility garments. Such regulations may also require such other worker-safety measures for workers with those duties as the Secretary determines appropriate.