Sustainable Highway Evaluation

In fall 2010, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released its Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool (since renamed the Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool or INVEST). The tool provides a means by which transportation agencies can assess their policies and practices to determine how well sustainability is integrated into their planning, projects and operations. As part of its Sustainability Flagship Initiative, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) was looking for a programmatic way to assess the sustainability of current agency policies and practices. The INVEST tool offered a means for accomplishing that. MnDOT retained HDR Engineering, Inc., a consultant firm, to: Objectively review MnDOT information using the tool, Develop a “score” for each component, Report the findings, Help MnDOT establish a benchmark for its future use and Recommend enhancements to MnDOT programs and practices. MnDOT is the first DOT in the nation to have used INVEST. Chapter 2 of this report provides an assessment of MnDOT’s agency-wide programs and practices based on the System Planning and Processes criteria in the beta version of FHWA’s Sustainable Highways (INVEST) tool. Chapter 3 provides an assessment of MnDOT’s agency-wide programs and practices based on the Transportation Systems Management (TSM) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) criteria in the beta version of FHWA’s Sustainable Highways (INVEST) tool. It offers best practice recommendations and suggestions from other transportation agencies for MnDOT’s consideration. In Chapter 4, to support MnDOT’s evaluation of its sustainability practices, several roadway projects were evaluated using FHWA’s Pilot Version of the Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 130p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01534432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2014 4:10PM