Evaluations of FHWA Research & Technology Program Projects. Evaluation of FHWA's Every Day Counts Innovation Integrating NEPA and Permitting

In 1985, a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), that are involved in reviewing permit applications formed a working group to identify and promote process improvements for the environmental reviews required for federal-aid projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Since that time, the FHWA has conducted a wide range of activities to advance process improvements that coordinate and synchronize environmental reviews, performing them simultaneously rather than sequentially. This integration of permitting processes and NEPA reviews can save time, reduce costs, and improve environmental outcomes.   FHWA efforts to promote integrating NEPA and permitting have included the publication of the Red Book, development of online tools and resources, support for state departments of transportation (DOTs) in establishing programmatic agreements with regulatory partners, and guidance and technical assistance in meeting federal requirements to accelerate project delivery timelines.  The objective of this project is to document the outcomes and impact of Integrating NEPA and Permitting, demonstrate accountability to funders and policymakers, and identify lessons learned and best practices that can be applied to future projects/programs, thus completing the innovation lifecycle.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Cooperative Research Programs

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Zelinski, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Research Triangle Institute

    3040 East Cornwallis Road
    P.O. Box 12194
    Research Triangle Park, NC  United States  27709
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gallaher, Michael

  • Start Date: 20221007
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01857111
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 05
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2022 11:23AM