Buy America Waiver Notification


Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 205 (Friday, October 23, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 205 (Friday, October 23, 2015)


Page 64490

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office

FR Doc No: 2015-27027



Federal Highway Administration

Buy America Waiver Notification

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic fabrication of cable mesh for 8'-0'' high oxidized stainless steel cable net safety fence on Interstate 5, MP 28.7 in San Diego, California.

DATES: The effective date of the waiver is October 26, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366-1562, or via email at For legal questions, please contact Mr. Jomar Maldonado, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1373, or via email at Office hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.


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The FHWA's Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federal-aid construction project. The regulation also provides for a waiver of the Buy America requirements when the application would be inconsistent with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for use of non-domestic fabrication process to convert the stainless steel products into safety cable mesh. The stainless steel product for the cable mesh is produced domestically in the United States. However, there is no domestic manufacturer capable of fabricating the stainless steel products into safety cable mesh.

In accordance with Division K, section 122 of the ``Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015'' (Pub. L. 113-235), FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site ( on September 9th. The FHWA received no comments in response to the publication. Based on all the information available to the agency, FHWA concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers capable of fabricating the safety cable mesh.

In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), FHWA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of Buy America requirements is appropriate. The FHWA invites public comment on this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of the finding. Comments may be submitted to FHWA's Web site via the link provided to the waiver page noted above.

Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110-161, 23 CFR 635.410.

Issued on: October 16, 2015.

Gregory G. Nadeau,

Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.

FR Doc. 2015-27027 Filed 10-22-15; 8:45 am