Sustainable Highway Construction Practices

A number of state departments of transportation (DOTs) and the Federal Highway Administration are exploring how best to integrate the principles of sustainability—meeting human needs for the present and future while preserving and restoring environmental and ecological systems, fostering community health and vitality, promoting economic development and prosperity, and ensuring equity between and among population groups and over generations—into their agency missions and operations. Transportation agencies make a variety of decisions in the planning and design of highway projects to address a range of community needs, regulatory requirements and transportation goals. Progress is being made on incorporating principles of sustainability in the planning, programming, and design phases of highway construction projects, and a number of sustainability rating and scoring systems as well as reference guides have been developed to further that progress. By comparison, relatively little progress has been made on determining how sustainability can be integrated into highway construction practices specifically. The objective of this research is to identify implementable sustainable highway construction practices that a state DOT or contractor may employ during construction, and prepare a guidebook that can be used by state DOTs, other transportation agencies, consulting engineers, and construction contractors—to aid them in identifying, evaluating, and selecting sustainable construction practices. The guidebook should also provide some guidance on the costs of implementation as well as how to approximate the benefits of implementing identified sustainable construction practices, to the extent that this information is available.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-91A

  • 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:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Washington State Transportation Center
    1107 NE 45th Street
    Seattle, WA  United States  98105
  • Principal Investigators:

    Muench, Steve

  • Start Date: 20161010
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20181231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40675

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01592555
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-91A
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2016 1:00AM