US Highway 85 Environmental Impact Statement: A Case Study in Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for all projects requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Minimum requirements and procedural regulations are identified in NEPA; however, the scope and methodology of stakeholder engagement efforts are largely left to the discretion of the project proponent and lead federal agency, and often vary based on project scope and complexity. The US Highway 85 EIS is a regionally significant project with a diverse range of project stakeholders. The project is located in a predominantly rural setting which can present challenges for stakeholder engagement, but has significant regional economic implications, is partially located within a national park, and involves the removal or replacement of a historic bridge. Throughout project development, the FHWA and North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) devised and implemented several unique stakeholder engagement efforts with the goal of obtaining and retaining stakeholder involvement throughout the life of the project. This case study outlines those efforts and focuses on several innovative stakeholder engagement tools not previously utilized by the NDDOT, including the formation of a project stakeholder group, on-site wildlife crossing field reviews, and the use of visual simulations and Esri Story Map to communicate project information to stakeholders.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADC10 Standing Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Huffington, Michael P
    • Boche, Mikayla J
    • Turnbow, Jennifer J
    • Linneman, Matthew G
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697305
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-04757
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:23AM