Betterments: Overview

What are Betterments?

What does the law say?

Betterments are added protective features, such as rebuilding of roadways at a higher elevation or lengthening of bridges, or changes which modify the function or character of a highway facility, from what existed prior to the disaster or catastrophic failure, such as additional lanes or added access control. (See 23 CFR 668.103)

Betterments must be clearly economically-justified to receive ER funding.  Betterments almost always have a higher initial cost, so the justification must be based on sufficiently reducing future ER eligible damage.

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