Officials Begin to Ask Themselves Just How Green Could My Highway Be?

This article discusses the increasing regulatory awareness for ecological conservation in the construction of highways through the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The goal established by the two agencies, as under their Green Highways Partnership, was initially to benchmark construction practices and then later to leave a net-positive construction impact socially, economically, and environmentally. The partnership has a number of pilot projects that cover recycled road materials, conservation and ecosystem protection, and stormwater management. The article also describes two highway projects that have been compelled to change their original design due to ecological concerns: Utah’s Legacy Parkway and Maryland’s Intercounty Connector.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-34
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 258
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2007 3:51PM