To address any concerns regarding a stop in FHWA operations and impacts to Local Assistance projects, FHWA HQ has provided the following information:
As you are aware, a potential lapse in appropriations may occur after September 30. A lapse in appropriations will have varying impacts across the operating administrations of the Federal Department of Transportation. FHWA will not be directly impacted because FHWA programs and operations are not supported by annual appropriations.
FHWA will be fully operational after September 30, even if a lapse in appropriations occurs, due to the funding and authorities provided in MAP-21. FHWA employees should report to work on October 1, and routine operations, including project authorizations and reimbursements from the Highway Trust Fund, will continue.