PUBLIC LAW 97-424—JAN. 6, 1983 tence shall be recredited to the State's apportionment from which such amounts were obligated. (4) Funds authorized by this subsection shall be available for obligation in the same manner and to the same extent as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, except that the Federal share of the cost of any project under this subsection shall be 100 per centum of the total cost thereof and such funds shall remain available until expended. (fKD The Secretary of Transportation, in cooperation with the State of Vermont, shall carry out a project to demonstrate the feasibility of reducing the time and the cost required to complete highway projects, other than projects on the Interstate System, in areas that require improved access between rapidly growing suburban areas and established urban core areas, by extending the coverage of State certifications under section 117(a) of title 23 of the United States Code, to any Federal law, regulation, or policy that applies to such projects. (2) In implementing this subsection, the Secretary shall review applications for projects submitted by the State of Vermont with respect to which the State agrees to assume the responsibility of the Secretary with regard to any such Federal law, regulation, or policy. The Secretary shall be deemed to have fulfilled his responsibility under such law, regulation, or policy, provided that— (A) the Secretary finds that the State has procedures which are sufficient to assure that the project will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of such law, regulation, or policy; (B) the State highway department is authorized and consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts in any suit brought to enforce any such Federal law or regulation; and (C) the State highway department certifies that the project has been carried out in accordance with the procedures specified under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph. (3) In carrying out the demonstration project authorized under this subsection, the Secretary may continue to discharge his responsibilities directly with respect to those laws, regulations, and policies for which he finds State procedures are not sufficient. (4) In implementing this subsection, the Secretary shall consider the procedures developed pursuant to section 141 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1976, as amended, and shall encourage the State to carry out its responsibilities in cooperation with appropriate political subdivisions of the State. (5) There is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out the project authorized under this subsection a sum not to exceed $50,000,000. (6) Funds authorized by this subsection shall be available for obligation in the same manner and to the same extent as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, except that the Federal share of the cost of any project under this subsection shall be 100 per centum of the total cost thereof and such funds shall remain available until expended. (7) Not later than six months after the completion of such project, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress which includes, but is not limited to, a description of the methods used to accomplish the project and the changes, if any, required to adopt expanded certification. The report should also contain recommendations for applying the methods to other highway projects, and any changes to existing
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Federal share of cost. 23 USC 101 et seq. Highway completion, time and cost reduction.
Application review. State's responsibilities.
23 USC 124 note.
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Report to Congress.