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11 Practice: Maryland's Streamlined Environmental and Regulatory Process
Category: Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) worked with several state and Federal agencies to develop "Maryland's Streamlined Environmental and Regulatory Process." The update procedures identify opportunities for agency input and points for formal concurrence or comment at three key milestones: 1) purpose and need; 2) alternatives retained for detailed study; and 3) selected alternative and conceptual mitigation. The streamlined process is intended to achieve timely and efficient identification, evaluation, and resolution of environmental and regulatory issues. For example, MSHA completed the environmental process for a historic bridge replacement project requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS) in one year instead of the typical two to three years. MSHA also has guidelines for obtaining NEPA approval while concurrently developing PI level design plans. MSHA is developing performance measures for evaluating the new process. This process will be updated in 2014.
Related Documentation: md_fhwaproc.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
12 Practice: Maryland SHA's Template for Categorical Exclusion (CE) Reevaluation
Category: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) created a template for the reevaluation of Categorical Exclusions (CEs). Completion of the template verifies that a design plan will not result in significantly different environmental impacts than what was considered in the FHWA approved CE.
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/md_cereeval.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
13 Practice: Maryland SHA's Stormwater Management Facilities Program (SWMF Program)
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Performance Measures/Management
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Karuna Pujara
Title: Chief, Highway Hydraulics Division
Email: kpujara@sha.state.md.us
Phone: (410) 545-8390
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) owns an estimated 2,000 stormwater management (SWM) facilities that have been constructed since 1982; however, until 1999 facilities were not monitored in any organized system, process or database. In the year 2000, SHA implemented a comprehensive management program that drastically enhanced its ability to monitor the efficiency or measure the performance of SWMF Program. Under this program SHA performs the inventory, inspections and asset management activities of the SHA owned SWM facilities. This provides a vehicle to sustain their performance and functionality as well as to ensure compliance. These improvements have centered on a Geographic Information System database that consists of inventory inspection data, SWM facilities performance information and maintenance/remediation history. Various data management tools have been developed in order to track the effectiveness, maintenance actions, and the cost of the remediation. The information contained within the GeoDatabase is also used for effective decision making, and planning of new SWM facilities that are part of the SHA roadway projects, private development projects in conjunction with SHA roadway improvements, as well as watershed wide water quality enhancement projects.

Additional information on this program is also available from:

Dana Havlik, SWMF Program Manager
Maryland State Highway Administration
(410) 545-8390
dhavlik@sha.state.md.us
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
14 Practice: Maryland SHA's Independent Environmental Monitors
Categories: Performance Measures/Management
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Todd Nichols
Title: Chief, Environmental Programs Division
Email: tnichols@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8628
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) uses independent environmental monitors on projects with significant impacts and with required individual Section 404 permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers. These monitors ensure that environmental commitments are adhered to and that the project is constructed in the most environmentally sensitive manner practicable. An independent environmental monitor is a progressive mutually beneficial cooperative effort between SHA and the Corps, which sets the stage for more expeditious initiation and completion of complex public-need/transportation projects throughout the country in a cost-effective manner, ensuring that appropriate environmental protection standards and safeguards are in place.Maryland will be utilizing environmental monitors on two upcoming MDSHA projects – MD404 Phase 1B and MD331 Dover Bridge Replacement. Both of these projects have important wetlands resources within the project construction limits.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
15 Practice: Maryland SHA's Environmental Stewardship Practices on ICC Project
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Performance Measures/Management
Project Development
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Rob Shreeve
Title: Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Design
Email: rshreeve@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8644
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) completed the planning, design and construction of the Intercounty Connector (ICC). Environmental Stewardship was incorporated in every aspect of the project. Longer bridges, incentives for additional avoidance of resources, incentives for excellent erosion and sediment control, wildlife crossings, relocating box turtles, community coordination and context sensitive design make up major components of the highway construction. Additionally, the ICC has made improvements to the natural environment and adjacent communities. Above and beyond mitigation requirements, the ICC restored several miles of streams, created several acres of wetlands, retrofitted older stormwater management facilities, installed water quality treatment facilities in neighborhoods, and installed new sidewalks and trails in neighborhoods.

The ICC website can be accessed at: http://www.iccproject.com/
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
16 Practice: Maryland SHA's Environmental Compliance/Consideration Checklists
Categories: Commitment Tracking
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Mitigation
Project Development
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) prepares Environmental Compliance/Consideration Checklists for all large projects to summarize all environmental mitigation and project commitments and to identify areas that require further study or analysis during subsequent phases of the project. In addition, SHA conducts NEPA documentation reevaluation at least twice during design activities to assess whether the approved environmental documentation remains valid. The review occurs at the 30%, 65%, or 90% design completion stage or when major design modifications are proposed.

MSHA is developing a comprehensive commitments tracking process and tools to aid tracking all commitments made throughout the life of a project, and beyond (to include maintenance commitments), as well as documenting compliance with those commitments. Anticipate completion in 2015.

Last Updated: March 10, 2014
17 Practice: Maryland Historic Contexts (Bridges and Small Structures)
Category: Historical & Archeological Preservation
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: The "Historic Highway Bridges in Maryland 1631-1960: Historic Context Report" examines the history of bridge building from the colonial period to the recent past. Ten types of construction (arch, beam, cantilever, girder, movable, rigid frame, slab, suspension, timber and truss) and four types of materials (wood, stone, concrete and metal) characterize Maryland's bridges. The context provides an overview and history of road, bridge and highway development; a discussion of government agencies which controlled the roads and bridges; images and three appendices which contain a timetable; list of bridge designers who were active in Maryland; and Character Defining Elements (CDEs) for each bridge type. SHA uses this context to compile its historic bridge inventory and to evaluate each bridge for inclusion in the National Register. Others can use this context to assess the historical significance of a bridge. The type groupings allow a reviewer to compare a resource against a similar structure in the state or a county.

The "Small Structures on Maryland's Roadways, Historic Context Report" contains an historical overview of the development of Maryland's roadway system, focusing on small roadway structures less than twenty feet long; a discussion of the types of small structures found on Maryland's roadways; and guidance for assessing the state's small structures for eligibility for inclusion in the National Register. These structures may resemble a bridge, but are less than twenty feet long. There are two periods of significance for small highway structures. First, the early nineteenth century is associated with early turnpikes and the National Road. Second, the period from 1912 to 1933 is associated with the Maryland State Roads Commission's development of "Standard Plans" which allowed easy construction of concrete structures over almost any body of water in the state. The state stopped using the standard plans in 1933, which concludes the period of significance for many twentieth century small structures.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
18 Practice: Maryland archeological Reporting Standards MOU
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Julie Schablitsky
Title: Assistant Division Chief, Cultural Resources Section
Email: jschablitsky@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8870
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Maryland Historical Trust agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding how the SHA handles its assessments of archeological sites. Parts of the MOU regulate who will do the assessments, the review process by the Trust, and the format for reporting procedure.
Related Documentation: md_archmoa.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
19 Practice: Guidelines for Obtaining NEPA Approval While Concurrently Developing PI Level (30%) Design Plans
Category: Training & Certification
State: Maryland
Organization: Federal Highway Administration DELMAR Division
Contact: Jeanette Mar
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Jeanette.mar@dot.gov
Phone: 410-779-7152
Description: These guidelines are recommended modifications to be incorporated into the normal Project Planning Process in order to conduct simultaneous preliminary investigation.
Related Documentation: md_piapproval.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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