Environmental Provisions and Related Information
Highlights of Environmental Provisions
Below is a brief summary of several environmental provisions that have helped to shape the current environmental review process. MAP-21 amended some environmental provisions. Further information on MAP-21 environmental provision implementation is on the FHWA's MAP-21 website.
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MAP-21 Guidance and Information
President Obama signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (P.L. 112-141) into law on July 6, 2012, with an effective date of October 1, 2012. MAP-21, a two-year funding bill, is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 creates a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program, promotes accelerating project delivery, and encourages innovation through the increased use of Categorical Exclusions, programmatic approaches, and planning and environmental linkages.
Categorical Exclusion Survey Review
In 2012, FHWA and FTA conducted a survey review of categorical exclusion (CE) usage and CE requests by grantees and other stakeholders, as required by MAP-21.
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SAFETEA-LU Guidance and Information
On August 10, 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). A number of SAFETEA-LU provisions are aimed at improving efficiency in highway program and project delivery. From better planning and coordination to improved materials, contracting and construction, these provisions will support efforts to more efficiently advance a safer and more effective highway program, and strengthen stewardship and oversight.
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