Guide for Addressing Encampments on State Transportation Rights-of-Way

The number of people experiencing homelessness in the United States has increased in recent years; state transportation rights-of-way (ROW) are often some of the most accessible areas to set up temporary encampments. This growing trend of encampments on state ROW has presented unprecedented challenges for state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the design, construction, and maintenance of pavements and bridges; there are no widely accepted guidelines relating to this trend. There is a need to explore issues such as social equity, environmental impacts, safety, legal issues, and coordination with other agencies and develop a guidebook that presents rational practices for responding to, managing, and deterring encampments on the ROW. Such guidebook should be a resource for state DOTs in implementing management practices that promote tolerance, prevention, and cleanup of encampments, thereby reducing the challenges associated with encampments. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook of suggested practices for responding to, managing, and deterring encampments on the ROW. The suggested practices shall consider social equity, environmental impacts, safety, legal issues, coordination with other agencies, and other relevant issues.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-129

  • 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:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Start Date: 20220621
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772928
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-129
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2021 3:14PM