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2016

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FHWA Announces Third Round of Funding for INVEST (11-2016)
The Federal Highway Administration has announced a new round of funding for pilot projects that use the Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST). The INVEST tool is a collection of voluntary best practices designed to help transportation agencies conduct self-assessments. The Round 3 solicitation is open to state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and federal land management agencies.

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FHWA Releases Factsheet on Road Weather Management Framework (10-2016)
The Federal Highway Administration has released a factsheet highlighting the capability maturity framework (CMF) for road weather management (RWM). The RWM CMF assesses the institutional capacity of an agency or region to respond to adverse weather conditions from both a maintenance and operations perspective.

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FHWA Provides New Resources for ‘It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air’ Initiative (10-2016)
The Federal Highway Administration has added new resources to its “It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air” website, including new ideas and marketing materials to help communities reduce traffic congestion and pollution. The initiative provides tools to help mitigate congestion and promote alternative modes of transportation.

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Federal Register Notice: Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act—Designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors (7-2016)
The FHWA has issued a Federal Register Notice to invite nominations for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations from State and local officials. Section 1413 of the FAST Act requires USDOT to establish electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors.

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FHWA Selects Green Infrastructure Research Projects (7-2016)
The FHWA announced the selection of five State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and a Federal Lands Management Agency to conduct pilot projects to analyze the potential for nature-based solutions to protect coastal roads from climate change impacts such as sea level rise and storm surge flooding. The diverse set of projects covers the Gulf, Atlantic, and West Coasts. The pilots form part of a larger FHWA Strategic Initiatives project to provide transportation professionals with guidance on designing and implementing nature-based solutions to climate change impacts as part of transportation project planning, design, construction, and maintenance. The project will produce an implementation guide and sponsor peer exchanges.

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FHWA Rule Could Let DOTs Streamline More Projects With Limited Environmental Impact (6-2016)
A new FHWA rule going into effect June 30, 2016 enables state DOTs to negotiate more project maintenance or upgrade activities to count as potential “categorical exclusions” (CEs) from environmental review requirements. The FAST Act allows the FHWA to expand the number of CEs so that states could proceed with construction, maintenance, and infrastructure replacement projects in more areas without first going through detailed reviews, if that work would not have significant environmental impacts.

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FHWA Releases NPRM to Propose National Performance Management Measure Regulations (5-2016)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) to propose national performance management measure regulations as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”). The performance management measures will assess the performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

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Memo on Improving Pollinator Habitat (3-2016)
On March 25, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Gregory Nadeau released a memorandum providing updated information on improving pollinator habitat, as outlined in the recently enacted Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The memorandum is available on FHWA's dedicated website to ecosystem and vegetation management.

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Federal Highway Administration Announces $60 Million in Grants for Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies (3-2016)
FHWA's new program, Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD), provides $60 million in grants to fund cutting-edge transportation improvement technologies that will improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the program was released March 22, 2016.

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SHRP2 Anticipated Round 7 Implementation Assistance Program Products Announced (1-2016)
The FHWA/AASHTO Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) under SHRP2 has announced anticipated Round 7 funding opportunities. Informational sessions will be held in February and March. The application period will be April 1-29, 2016.

2015

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Sensors that could harvest clean energy from traffic on Texas roads (12-2015)
Researchers from the University of Texas San Antonio and Texas Transportation Institute have been awarded funding by the Texas DOT (that is jointly provided by FHWA) to develop piezoelectric sensors that can be placed under asphalt layers. Those sensors will use the energy generated from moving vehicles to power roadside lights, traffic signals, billboards, charging stations for electric cars and roadway monitoring sensors.

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President Obama signs the FAST Act (12-2015)
President Obama signed the first law enacted in over 10 years that provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation on December 4, 2015. The new legislation allows States and local governments to move forward with critical transportation projects knowing funding is available.

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DOT Releases New Online Tool to Help Promote Health through Transportation (11-2015)
The USDOT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jointly launched a new online tool that provides profiles of how transportation may be affecting human health in each State and region. The tool establishes a single site for State and local transportation decision-makers and health officials to understand how their transportation system may affect health and includes comparisons to other similar communities and strategies to improve health outcomes through transportation investments.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500 Million in TIGER Grants Awarded to 39 Projects (11-2015)
The USDOT announced 39 projects that will receive $500 million in TIGER grants for projects across 35 states.

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Study Underway to Evaluate Alternative Cement Materials to Improve Sustainability (11-2015)
The Federal Highway Administration's Exploratory Advanced Research Program is assessing alternative cementitious materials (ACMs) for applications in sustainable transportation infrastructure. These cement materials may provide potential advantages over traditional portland cement through reductions in embodied energy and greenhouse gases, as well as enhanced performance, which contributes to sustainability.

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FHWA Releases INVEST 1.2 (9-2015)
FHWA released version 1.2 of the Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) on September 15, 2015. The tool update includes additional criteria, new user guides among other features.

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Recordings Available for Advancing a Sustainable Highway System Webinar Series (9-2015)
The Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team within FHWA's Office of Natural Environment recently posted webinar recordings related to the FHWA report Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities. The aforementioned report illustrates how sustainability has been incorporated into a wide variety of FHWA programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships. Thus far, the Office of Natural Environment has hosted three webinars as part of the Advancing a Sustainable Highway System Webinar Series, focusing on Access and Affordability, Linking Asset Management and Planning, and Sustainable Pavements respectively.

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INVEST Implementation Sites (9-2015)

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FHWA E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (8-2015)
The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Reliability Project developed the software titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (SHRP-2 LE-34 e-Tool). The Federal Highway Administration supports this E-Tool to assist transportation agencies when evaluating their key business processes to improve travel time reliability.

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USDOT Launches New "Pollinator" Website (7-2015)
The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a new pollinator content page to the Environmental Review Toolkit. This page provides links to resources related to promoting the health of pollinators and their habitat in roadside rights-of way. It is part of FHWA’s ongoing efforts to address goals for U.S. government agencies to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

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FHWA Launches Updated Planning Web Resource, PlanWorks (5-2015)
FHWA created a web resource called PlanWorks that supports collaborative decisionmaking in transportation planning and project development. PlanWorks was built around key decision points in long-range planning, programming, corridor planning, and environmental review.

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2015 FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards (4-2015)
The Federal Highway Administration recently announced the 2015 Environmental Excellence Award recipients. The projects recognized span a wide range of professional disciplines, from historic preservation and water quality improvements to wetlands and habitat restoration.

2014

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FHWA Order 5520 - Transportation System Preparedness and Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events (12-2014)
FHWA Order 5520, Transportation System Preparedness and Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, was signed on December 15, 2014 and states that it is FHWA policy to integrate consideration of climate and extreme weather risks into its planning, operations, policies and programs. This new Order formalizes FHWA's commitment to assist transportation agencies in assessing the vulnerabilities and risks of their transportation systems to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, guides the agencies' implementation of relevant MAP-21 provisions and recent Executive Orders, and identifies how the agency intends to continue to lead the transportation industry in making the nation's highways more resilient.

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New Tool Estimates Infrastructure Carbon Emissions (9-2014)
FHWA has developed a sketch tool to estimate the lifecycle energy use and GHG emissions associated with the construction and maintenance of transportation facilities. The spreadsheet-based tool supports planning-level analysis, allowing transportation planners to evaluate the impacts of long range plans, project alternatives, and mitigation strategies. It is unique in requiring limited input data on lane and track miles of construction and maintenance projects, rather than detailed engineering information about construction activities, equipment, and materials.

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FHWA Releases Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities (6-2014)
FHWA is committed to improving the sustainability triple bottom line—social, economic, and environmental outcomes—of its activities. FHWA has spearheaded numerous efforts to address and advance sustainability ranging from projects to mitigate climate change impacts, to initiatives that promote sustainable pavements and improve safety, to tools to better assess the benefits and costs of transportation investments. Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities illustrates how sustainability has been incorporated into a wide variety of FHWA programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships. It is intended to be used by a diverse audience of transportation agency professionals at the Federal, State, and local level as well as the general public.

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INVEST Case Studies (5-2014)
FHWA has posted new case studies showing how transportation agencies are using FHWA's sustainability self-assessment tool, INVEST, to improve the sustainability of their projects and programs. For example, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) used the INVEST System Planning module to score three corridor planning studies and then integrated the recommendations that came out of the INVEST evaluation into WSDOT's updated Practical Planning Guidelines, which planners statewide use to develop corridor planning studies. In Ohio, the state department of transportation included a requirement that contractors use INVEST to gauge sustainability in its request for proposals for the design-build of the phase II Cleveland Innerbelt bridge project. That provided a strong incentive for bidders to incorporate sustainability while keeping costs competitive. In Springfield, Illinois, the MPO developed a conceptual design showing locations for specific sustainability improvements along a historic corridor.

2013

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FHWA Selects Albuquerque to Conduct Climate Change and Scenario Planning Pilot Project (9-2013)

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Survey Finds Significant Savings with Recycled Asphalt (6-2013)
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and FHWA have released a survey of sustainable construction practices in the asphalt pavement industry. The survey, which covers the 2011 construction season, studies the usage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) and warm-mix asphalt (WMA). The two groups note that the use of recycled materials in asphalt pavements saved taxpayers more than $2.2 billion dollars during the 2011 paving season.

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FHWA Newsletter Features Uses of Cloud Service in Environmental Streamlining (5-2013)

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2013-2014 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Projects (4-2013)
FHWA has awarded grants to 19 transportation agencies to assess the vulnerability of their transportation infrastructure to impacts of climate change and extreme weather. This represents the second round of funding provided by FHWA to help transportation agencies conduct vulnerability assessments. The pilots also are intended to provide input to FHWA to refine its Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework.

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FHWA Newsletter Highlights Programs To Restore Fish Passage (4-2013)


2012

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FHWA Demonstrates Potential for “Intelligent Intersections” to Reduce Fuel Consumption, Emissions (12-2012)

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Environmental Research Highlights from FHWA (11-2012)

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FHWA launches INVEST 1.0 (10-2012)

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Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program Increases Biking and Walking (6-2012)

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Greenhouse Gas Framework Added to Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Decision Support System for Transportation (5-2012)


2011

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Public Roads Magazine Profiles FHWA's Sustainable Highways Program (12-2011)

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Pilot Test Version of INVEST Self-evaluation Tool Criteria is Now Available Online (11-2011)

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The INVEST Self-evaluation Tool Featured in an Article Posted on the Sustainable City Network (9-2011)

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FHWA Recognizes Seven States for Environmental Excellence (8-2011)