Environmental Mandates for a Proposed Highway or Bridge Project When the Habitat of an Endangered Species and/or Historical Properties Are in the Vicinity

Prior to beginning a major highway/bridge project, a transportation planner must address requirements set out in the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). NEPA requires a specific evaluation of the effect a major highway/bridge project will have on the environment. This evaluation must include consideration of the effect the project may have on the habitat of an endangered species, which implicates provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and on historical properties in the vicinity of the project, which implicates provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This paper presents requisites of NEPA that integrate the requirements of ESA and NHPA into the initial evaluation of the impact on the human environment of a major highway/bridge project. The aim is to provide guidance to transportation planners in light of NEPA, ESA, and NHPA statutes as they begin the planning stages for highway and bridge projects.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Phelan, Marilyn E
    • Phelan, Scott
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


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  • Accession Number: 01046637
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2007 7:26PM