Office of Location and Environment Manual, August 2009

(2009) Office of Location and Environment Manual, August 2009. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

This manual captures the experience of practitioners in the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (Iowa DOT’s) Office of Location and Environment (OLE). It also documents the need for coordinated project development efforts during the highway project planning, or location study phase and engineering design. The location study phase establishes: * The definition of, and need for, the highway improvement project * The range of alternatives and many key attributes of the project’s design * The recommended alternative, its impacts, and the agreed-to conditions for project approval The location study process involves developing engineering alternatives, collecting engineering and environmental data, and completing design refinements to accomplish functional designs. The items above also embody the basic content required for projects compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 19691, which directs federal agencies to use a systematic, interdisciplinary approach during the planning process whenever proposed actions (or “projects”) have the potential for environmental impacts. In doing so, NEPA requires coordination with stakeholders, review, comment, and public disclosure. Are location studies and environmental studies more about the process or the documents? If properly conducted, they concern both—unbiased and reasonable processes with quality and timely documents. In essence, every project is a story that needs to be told. Engineering and environmental regulations and guidance, as documented in this manual, will help project staff and managers become better storytellers.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Project Development, Highway, engineering, Transportation
Subjects: Land use, development, and construction
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation
ID Code: 9434
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2010 14:26
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2010 14:26
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/9434

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