Handbook for Addressing Racial Disparities in the Project Delivery Process

During construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System—a time of significant racial change in the United States—an estimated one million people were displaced. As a result, neighborhoods and communities were destroyed and financial harms to individuals and their families worsened over time. State departments of transportation (DOTs), using eminent domain, displaced people from their homes, businesses, and communities leading to resistance and legal action. Negotiations among federal, state, and local officials ultimately resulted in the enactment of laws and the use of cooperative approaches to mitigate adverse impacts. State DOTs have implemented mitigation measures, but need to build accountability and trust in communities impacted by highway facilities. This study should help DOTs integrate lessons learned to avoid making decisions—related to project delivery—that contribute to racial disparities. The objective of this research is to develop a handbook for state DOTs and local governments to help interpret and implement relevant regulations and policies that avoid racial disparities in project delivery.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-155

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Crichton-Sumners, Camille

  • Performing Organizations:

    High Street Consulting Group

    6937 Blenheim Court
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  United States  15208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Baptista, Anna

  • Start Date: 20230608
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250608
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01836059
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-155
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2022 11:00AM