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National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

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National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

Cathy F. Gautreaux
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
9 August 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 154 (Thursday, August 9, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39500-39504]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17060]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department 
of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice; revisions to the listing of designated and restricted 
routes for hazardous materials.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides revisions to the National Hazardous 
Materials Route Registry (NHMRR) reported to the FMCSA as of March 31, 
2018. The NHMRR is a listing, as reported by States and Tribal 
governments, of all designated and restricted roads and preferred 
highway routes for transportation of highway route controlled 
quantities (HRCQ) of Class 7 radioactive materials (RAM) (HRCQ/RAM) and 
non-radioactive hazardous materials (NRHMs).

DATES: Applicable date: August 9, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Vincent Babich (202) 366-4871, or 
vincent.babich@dot.gov, Hazardous Materials Division, Office of 
Enforcement and Compliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590. Office 
hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ET., Monday through Friday, except for 
Federal holidays.

Legal Basis and Background

    Under 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5112, sections (a)(2) and (b), 
States and Tribal governments are permitted to designate and limit 
highway routes over which hazardous materials (HM) may be transported, 
provided the State or Tribal government complies with standards 
prescribed by the Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) and meets 
publication requirements in section 5112(c). To establish standards 
under section (b), the Secretary must consult with the States, and, 
under section (c), coordinate with the States to ``update and publish 
periodically'' a list of currently effective HM highway routing 
designations and restrictions. The requirements that States and Tribal 
governments must follow to establish, maintain, or enforce routing 
designations for the transport of placardable quantities of NRHMs are 
set forth in title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 
397, subpart C. Subpart D of part 397 sets forth the requirements for 
designating preferred routes for HRCQ/RAM shipments as an alternative, 
or in addition, to Interstate System highways. For HRCQ/RAM shipments, 
section 397.101(b)(1) defines a preferred route as an Interstate 
Highway for which no alternative route is designated by the State, a 
route specifically designated by the State, or both. (See section 
397.65 for the definition of ``NRHM'' and ``routing designations.'')
    Under a delegation from the Secretary,\1\ FMCSA has authority to 
implement 49 U.S.C. 5112.
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    \1\ 49 CFR 1.87(d)(2).
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    Currently, 49 CFR 397.73 establishes public information and 
reporting requirements for NRHM. States or Tribal governments are 
required to furnish information regarding any new or changed routes to 
FMCSA within 60 days after establishment. Under 49 CFR 397.103, a State 
routing designation for HRCQ/RAM routes (preferred routes) as an 
alternative, or in addition, to an Interstate System highway, is 
effective when the authorized routing agency provides FMCSA with 
written notification, FMCSA acknowledges receipt in writing, and the 
route is published in FMCSA's National Hazardous Material Route 
Registry. The Office of Management and Budget has approved these 
collections of information under control number 2126-0014, 
Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Highway Routing.
    In this notice, FMCSA is merely performing the ministerial function 
of updating and publishing the NHMRR

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based on input from its State and Tribal partners under 49 U.S.C. 
5112(c)(1). Accordingly, this notice serves only to provide the most 
recent revisions to the NHMRR; it does not establish any new public 
information and reporting requirements.

Updates to the NHMRR

    FMCSA published the full NHMRR in a Federal Register Notice on 
April 29, 2015 (80 FR 23859). Since publication of the 2015 notice, 
FMCSA published one update to the NHMRR in a Federal Register Notice on 
August 8, 2016 (81 FR 52518).
    This notice provides revisions to the NHMRR, reported to the FMCSA 
from August 8, 2016 through March 31, 2018. The revisions to the NHMRR 
listings in this notice supersede and replace corresponding NHMRR 
listings published in the April 29, 2015 notice and corresponding 
revisions to the NHMRR listings published in the August 8, 2016 notice. 
Continue to refer to the April 29, 2015 notice for additional 
background on the NHMRR and the August 8, 2016 notice for the 
procedures for State and Tribal government routing agencies to update 
their Route Registry listings and contact information.
    The full current NHMRR for each state is posted on the FMCSA's 
internet website at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hazardous-materials/national-hazardous-materials-route-registry.

Revisions to the NHMRR in This Notice

    In accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 397.73 and 397.103, 
the NHMRR is being revised as follows:
    The FMCSA Division field office contact information for each state 
is no longer listed in the NHMRR. This information is available on the 
internet at the FMCSA's website at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/field-offices. In addition, the contact information for each State and 
Tribal Government routing agency is no longer listed in the NHMRR. This 
information is also available on the internet at the FMCSA's website 
at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hazardous-materials/national-hazardous-materials-route-registry-state. The removal of this 
information from the NHMRR eliminates the presentation of redundant 
information and will streamline the future maintenance and update of 
the NHMRR.
Table 2--California--Designated HRCQ/RAM routes
    Route Order Designator ``A'' is revised. The FMCSA Quality 
Assurance (QA) Comment is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``B1'' is revised. The FMCSA QA Comment is 
removed.
    Route Order Designator ``B3'' is revised to correct an editorial 
error.
    Route Order Designator ``B5'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``B5B'' is added and assigned a ``P'' 
designation.
    Route Order Designator ``B5B-1.0'' is added and assigned a ``P'' 
designation.
    Route Order Designator ``B5B-2.0'' is added and assigned a ``P'' 
designation.
Table 3.--California--Designated NRHM routes
    Route Order Designator ``A1'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A2'' (Designation ``B'') is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A2A'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A4B-1.0'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A4B-2.0'' is added and assigned a ``B'' 
designation.
    Route Order Designator ``A4B-3.0'' is added and assigned a ``B'' 
designation.
    Route Order Designator ``A4B-4.0'' is added and assigned a ``B'' 
designation.
    Route Order Designator ``A11P-2.0-I'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A11P-2.0-M'' is revised.
    Route Order Designator ``A12P-2.0-J1'' is revised to correct an 
editorial error.
    Route Order Designator ``A12P-2.0-M1'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``A12P-2.0-M2'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``A13P-2.0-M1'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``A13P-2.0-M2'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``A14P-2.0-M1'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``B'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``C1'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``C2'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``C3'' is removed.
    Route Order Designator ``D'' is removed.
Table 4.--Pennsylvania--Restricted HM Routes
    Route Order Designators ``E'', ``F'', ``G'', and ``P'' are revised 
to provide the current internet address for the Pennsylvania Turnpike 
website.
Table 5.--Virginia--Restricted HM routes
    Route Order Designators ``D'', ``E'', ``F'', ``G'', and ``H''. The 
referenced internet addresses are updated.
Table 6.--Wyoming--Restricted HM Routes
    Route Order Designator ``A'' is revised to remove obsolete 
references to the CFR.

Route Order Key

    Each listing in the NHMRR includes codes to identify each route 
designation and each route restriction reported by the State 
Designation codes identify the routes along which a driver may or must 
transport specified HM. Among the designation codes is one for 
``preferred routes,'' which is defined in Sec.  397.101(b)(1) \2\ and 
applies to transporting ``a highway route controlled quantity of Class 
7 (radioactive) materials.'' Restriction codes identify the routes 
along which a driver may not transport specified HM shipments. Table 1 
presents information on each restriction and designation code.
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    \2\ 49 CFR 397.101(b)(1) defines ``preferred route'' as, ``an 
Interstate System highway for which an alternative route is not 
designated by a State routing agency; a State-designated route 
selected by a State routing agency pursuant to Sec.  397.103; or 
both.''

                  Table 1--Restriction/Designation Key
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              Restrictions                         Designations
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0--ALL Hazardous Materials.............  A--ALL NRHM Hazardous
                                          Materials.
1--Class 1--Explosives.................  B--Class 1--Explosives.
2--Class 2--Gas........................  I--Poisonous Inhalation Hazard
                                          (PIH).
3--Class 3--Flammable..................  P--*Preferred Route* Class 7--
                                          Radioactive.
4--Class 4--Flammable Solid/Combustible
5--Class 5--Organic....................
6--Class 6--Poison.....................
7--Class 7--Radioactive................

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8--Class 8--Corrosives.................
9--Class 9--Dangerous (Other)..........
i--Poisonous Inhalation Hazard (PIH)...
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Revisions to the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry (March 31, 
2018)

                                                     Table 2--California--Designated HRCQ/RAM Routes
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                                                                                                                Designation(s)
       Designation date           Route order       Route description          City             County            (A,B,I,P)           FMCSA QA comment
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10/19/94.....................  A                  SR 905 from Mexican    ................  ...............  P
                                                   Border to Interstate
                                                   805.
10/19/94.....................  B1                 Interstate 805 from    ................  San Diego......  P
                                                   Interstate 5 [north
                                                   of the City of San
                                                   Diego] to State
                                                   Route 905.
10/19/94.....................  B3                 Interstate 5 from      ................  ...............  P
                                                   Interstate 405 [MP
                                                   93--Irvine] to State
                                                   78 [MP 51--Carlsbad].
10/19/94 and 04/01/17........  B5                 Interstate 605 from    ................  Los Angeles....  P
                                                   Interstate 210
                                                   [Duarte] to
                                                   Interstate 105
                                                   [Norwalk].
04/01/17.....................  B5B                Interstate 105 from    ................  ...............  P
                                                   Interstate 605 to
                                                   Interstate 110.
04/01/17.....................  B5B-1.0            Interstate 110 from    ................  ...............  P
                                                   Interstate 105 to
                                                   State Route 47.
04/01/17.....................  B5B-2.0            Interstate 710 from    ................  ...............  P
                                                   Interstate 105 to
                                                   Seaside Freeway.
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                                                       Table 3--California--Designated NRHM Routes
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                                                                                                                Designation(s)
       Designation date           Route order       Route description          City             County            (A,B,I,P)           FMCSA QA comment
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12/07/17.....................  A1                 State Route 905 from   ................  ...............  B,I
                                                   Mexican Border to
                                                   Interstate 5.
10/28/92 and 12/07/17........  A2                 Interstate 805 from    ................  San Diego......  B
                                                   Interstate 5 [Torrey
                                                   Pines] to State
                                                   Route 905.
10/28/92 and 12/07/17........  A2A                Interstate 5 from      San Diego.......  San Diego......  B
                                                   Interstate 805 [MP
                                                   31--Torrey Pines] to
                                                   State Route 905.
10/28/92 and 12/07/17........  A4B-1.0            State Route 125 from   La Mesa.........  San Diego......  B
                                                   State Route 54 to
                                                   State Route 52.
12/07/17.....................  A4B-2.0            State Route 67 from    ................  ...............  B
                                                   Interstate 8 to
                                                   State Route 52.
12/07/17.....................  A4B-3.0            State Route 52 from    ................  ...............  B
                                                   State Route 67 to
                                                   Interstate 805.
12/07/17.....................  A4B-4.0            State Route 54 from    ................  ...............  B
                                                   Interstate 805 to
                                                   State Route 125.
10/28/92 and 07/27/17........  A11P-2.0-I         Interstate 280 from    ................  ...............  B
                                                   Cesar Chavez St.
                                                   [San Francisco] to
                                                   Interstate 680/US
                                                   101 [San Jose].
07/27/17.....................  A11P-2.0-M         Cesar Chavez St. from  ................  ...............  B
                                                   US 101 to Pier 80.
10/28/92.....................  A12P-2.0-J1        Interstate 580 from    ................  ...............  B
                                                   Interstate 238
                                                   [Ashland] to
                                                   Interstate 680
                                                   [Dublin].
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                                                       Table 4--Pennsylvania--Restricted HM Routes
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                                                                                                                                  Restriction(s)
         Designation date            Route order        Route description              City                 County            (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,i)
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01/01/40.........................  E                Interstate 70/76           ....................  Somerset...........  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                                     [Allegheny Tunnel--
                                                     Somerset County] from
                                                     Exit 110 to Exit 146.
                                                    [Effective July 16, 2000:
                                                     All Table 1 materials
                                                     and Explosives are still
                                                     prohibited. Table 2
                                                     materials (except
                                                     explosives) permitted
                                                     for non-bulk packages
                                                     (those placards that do
                                                     not require four-digit
                                                     codes)].
                                                    For additional
                                                     information, visit the
                                                     Pennsylvania Turnpike
                                                     website: https://www.paturnpike.com/commercial/placarded_loads.aspx.
01/01/40.........................  F                Interstate 76 [Tuscarora   ....................  Franklin and         1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                                     Tunnel--Franklin/                                Huntingdon.
                                                     Huntingdon Counties]
                                                     from Exit 180 to Exit
                                                     189.
                                                    [Effective July 16, 2000:
                                                     All Table 1 materials
                                                     and Explosives are still
                                                     prohibited. Table 2
                                                     materials (except
                                                     explosives) permitted
                                                     for non-bulk packages
                                                     (those placards that do
                                                     not require four-digit
                                                     codes)].
                                                    For additional
                                                     information, visit the
                                                     Pennsylvania Turnpike
                                                     website: https://www.paturnpike.com/commercial/placarded_loads.aspx.
01/01/40.........................  G                Interstate 76 [Blue        ....................  Franklin...........  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                                     Mountain Tunnel and
                                                     Kittatinny Tunnel--
                                                     Franklin County] from
                                                     Exit 189 to Exit 201.
                                                    [Effective July 16, 2000:
                                                     All Table 1 materials
                                                     and Explosives are still
                                                     prohibited. Table 2
                                                     materials (except
                                                     explosives) permitted
                                                     for non-bulk packages
                                                     (those placards that do
                                                     not require four-digit
                                                     codes)].
                                                    For additional
                                                     information, visit the
                                                     Pennsylvania Turnpike
                                                     website: https://www.paturnpike.com/commercial/placarded_loads.aspx.
01/01/65.........................  P                Interstate 476 [Northeast  ....................  Carbon and Lehigh..  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                                     Extension of PA Turnpike
                                                     at Lehigh Tunnel] from
                                                     Exit 56 to Exit 74.
                                                    [Effective July 16, 2000:
                                                     All Table 1 materials
                                                     and Explosives are still
                                                     prohibited. Table 2
                                                     materials (except
                                                     explosives) permitted
                                                     for non-bulk packages
                                                     (those placards that do
                                                     not require four-digit
                                                     codes)].
                                                    For additional
                                                     information, visit the
                                                     Pennsylvania Turnpike
                                                     website: https://www.paturnpike.com/commercial/placarded_loads.aspx.
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                                     Table 5--Virginia--Restricted HM routes
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                                                                                            Restriction(s)
       Designation date        Route order              Route description               (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,i)
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11/15/95.....................  D            Elizabeth River Tunnel [Downtown]--       1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                             Interstate 264 [Phone: (757) 494-2424].
                                            Materials in hazard classes 1.1, 1.2,
                                             1.3, 2.3, 4.3, 6.1, 7 (i.e., Highway
                                             Route Controlled Quantities-HRCQ), and
                                             toxic inhalation hazard are not allowed
                                             passage through this tunnel.
                                            Materials in hazard classes 2.1, 3, 5.1,
                                             5.2, and 8, are allowed access to this
                                             tunnel only in ``non-bulk''.
                                            Hazmat shipper MUST abide by rules and
                                             regulations outlined in VDOT's ``Rules
                                             and Regulations Governing the
                                             Transportation of Hazardous Materials
                                             through Bridge-Tunnel Facilities.'' For
                                             additional information, see http://www.virginiadot.org/info/resources/vdothazmat.pdf.

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11/15/95.....................  E            Elizabeth River Tunnel [Midtown]--US 58   1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                             [Phone: (757) 683-8123].
                                            Materials in hazard classes 1.1, 1.2,
                                             1.3, 2.3, 4.3, 6.1, 7 (Highway Route
                                             Controlled Quantities (HRCQ)), and
                                             toxic inhalation hazard are not allowed
                                             passage through this tunnel.
                                            Materials in hazard classes 2.1, 3, 5.1,
                                             5.2, and 8, are allowed access to this
                                             tunnel only in ``non-bulk''.
                                            Hazmat shipper MUST abide by rules and
                                             regulations outlined in VA DOT's
                                             ``Rules and Regulations Governing the
                                             Transportation of Hazardous Materials
                                             through Bridge-Tunnel Facilities.'' For
                                             additional information, see http://www.virginiadot.org/info/resources/vdothazmat.pdf.
11/15/95.....................  F            Monitor-Merrimac Memorial [Bridge/        1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                             Tunnel]--Interstate 664 [Phone: (757)
                                             247-2123].
                                            Materials in hazard classes 1.1, 1.2,
                                             1.3, 2.3, 4.3, 6.1,7 (i.e., Highway
                                             Route Controlled Quantities-HRCQ), and
                                             toxic inhalation hazard are not allowed
                                             passage through this tunnel.
                                            Materials in hazard classes 2.1, 3, 5.1,
                                             5.2, and 8, are allowed access to this
                                             tunnel only in non-bulk''.
                                            Hazmat shipper MUST abide by rules and
                                             regulations outlined in VDOT's ``Rules
                                             and Regulations Governing the
                                             Transportation of Hazardous Materials
                                             through Bridge-Tunnel Facilities.'' For
                                             additional information, see http://www.virginiadot.org/info/resources/vdothazmat.pdf.
11/15/95.....................  G            Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel [Interstate   1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,i
                                             64] [Phone: (757) 727-4832].
                                            Materials in hazard classes 1.1, 1.2,
                                             1.3, 2.3, 4.3, 6.1, 7 (i.e., Highway
                                             Route Controlled Quantities-HRCQ), and
                                             toxic inhalation hazard are not allowed
                                             passage through this tunnel.
                                            Materials in hazard classes 2.1, 3, 5.1,
                                             5.2, and 8, are allowed access to this
                                             tunnel only in ``non-bulk''.
                                            Hazmat shipper MUST abide by rules and
                                             regulations outlined in VDOT's ``Rules
                                             and Regulations Governing the
                                             Transportation of Hazardous Materials
                                             through Bridge-Tunnel Facilities.'' For
                                             additional information, see http://www.virginiadot.org/info/resources/vdothazmat.pdf.
11/12/96.....................  H            Chesapeake Bay Bridge--Tunnel [Phone:     1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,i
                                             (757) 331-2960].
                                            The jurisdiction for this bridge and
                                             tunnel falls under the Chesapeake Bay
                                             Bridge and Tunnel District, which
                                             maintains its own regulations on
                                             hazardous materials.].
                                            Classes 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 4.3, and 6.1
                                             (Inhalation Hazard only) are not
                                             allowed passage in any quantity.
                                            Classes 2.1, 2.2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2,
                                             6.1, 7, 8, and 9 are prohibited in
                                             limited circumstances.
                                            For additional information on route
                                             restrictions, see http://www.cbbt.com/hazmat.html.
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                                                         Table 6--Wyoming--Restricted HM Routes
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                                                                                                                                  Restriction(s)
         Designation date             Route order            Route description              City             County           (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,i)
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04/12/94.........................  A................  City of Cheyenne..............  Cheyenne........  Laramie.........  0
                                                      [City Ordinance: Hazardous
                                                       materials and radioactive
                                                       materials may not be
                                                       transported by motor vehicle
                                                       within the City of Cheyenne
                                                       except for the purpose of
                                                       making pickups and/or
                                                       deliveries within the City,
                                                       unless such routing is
                                                       consistent with 49 CFR Part
                                                       397 or 49 CFR Part 177.
                                                      Motor vehicles carrying
                                                       hazardous and/or radioactive
                                                       materials which are making
                                                       local pickups and/or
                                                       deliveries must be operated
                                                       over the safest and most
                                                       direct route to and from the
                                                       origination and destination
                                                       point. Such routes shall not
                                                       pass through residential
                                                       areas unless there is no
                                                       practical alternative.].
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    End of Revisions to the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

    Issued on: August 2, 2018.
Cathy F. Gautreaux,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-17060 Filed 8-8-18; 8:45 am]
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