2254 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2254
To amend title 23, United States Code, to direct
the Secretary of Transportation to establish national tunnel inspection standards
for the proper safety inspection and evaluation of all highway tunnels, and for
other purposes.IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. CAPUANO (for himself, Mr. KEATING, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts,
Mr. GONZALEZ, Mr. LYNCH, Mr. MARKEY, Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York, Mr. MCGOVERN,
Mr. NEAL, Ms. NORTON, Mr. OLVER, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. TIERNEY, Ms. TSONGAS,
and Mr. WU) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee
on Transportation and Infrastructure
amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation
to establish national tunnel inspection standards for the proper safety inspection
and evaluation of all highway tunnels, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. NATIONAL TUNNEL
(a) In General- Title 23, United States Code,
is amended by inserting after section 149 the following:
150. National tunnel inspection program
`(a) National Tunnel Inspection
Standards- The Secretary, in consultation with State transportation departments
and interested and knowledgeable private organizations and individuals, shall
establish national tunnel inspection standards for the proper safety inspection
and evaluation of all highway tunnels. The standards established under this subsection
shall be designed to ensure uniformity among the States in the conduct of such
inspections and evaluations.
`(b) Minimum Requirements for Inspection
Standards- The standards established under subsection (a) shall, at a minimum--
`(1) specify, in detail, the method by which highway tunnel inspections shall
be carried out by the States;
`(2) establish the maximum
time period between the inspections based on a risk-management approach;
`(3) establish the qualifications for those charged with carrying out the inspections;
`(4) require each State to maintain and make available to the Secretary upon request--
`(A) written reports on the results of the inspections together with notations
of any action taken pursuant to the findings of the inspections; and
`(B) current inventory data for all highway tunnels located in the State reflecting
the findings of the most recent highway tunnel inspections conducted;
`(5) establish procedures for national certification of highway tunnel inspectors;
`(6) establish procedures for conducting annual compliance reviews of State inspections
and State implementation of quality control and quality assurance procedures;
`(7) establish standards for State tunnel management
systems to improve the tunnel inspection process and the quality of data collected
and reported by the States to the Secretary for inclusion in the national tunnel
inventory to be established under this section.
and Certification Program for Tunnel Inspectors- The Secretary, in cooperation
with State transportation departments, shall establish a program designed to ensure
that all individuals carrying out highway tunnel inspections receive appropriate
training and certification. Such program shall be revised from time to time to
take into account new and improved techniques.
`(d) National Tunnel
Inventory- The Secretary shall establish a national inventory of highway tunnels
reflecting the findings of the most recent highway tunnel inspections conducted
by States under this section.
`(e) Availability of Funds- To carry
out this section, the Secretary may use funds made available pursuant to the provisions
of sections 104(a) and 502.'.
(b) Surface Transportation Program-
Section 133(b)(1) of such title is amended by inserting `, tunnels that are eligible
for assistance under this title (including safety inspection of such tunnels),'
(c) Conforming Amendment- The analysis for
chapter 1 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section
149 the following:
`150. National tunnel inspection program.'.