Brushy Creek Overpass on 183A in Texas. Texas DOT photo
By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA
Multiple state transportation departments are saving time and money on major construction projects by handling their own National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. ARTBA member firm HNTB released a report detailing specific benefits to these states. Highlights include:
- Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reduced the amount of time for an environmental assessment by 30 percent, from 30 to 18 months;
- Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) saved $17 million in its first two years of assuming NEPA responsibilities; and
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) estimated it saved $22 million annually and reduced project development and environmental schedules by approximately 25 percent.
ARTBA filed Oct. 5 comments supporting NEPA delegation in Alaska. The association will continue to support other states as they enter the program and track the impact on the transportation project delivery process.