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Office Of Environmental Design
707 North Calvert Street, C-303
Baltimore, MD 21202

Mr. Charles B. Adams, Director
Telephone 410-545-8640
Toll Free 1-800-446-5962

The mission of the Office of Environmental Design (OED) is to incorporate environmental design as a fundamental and integral component of highway planning and design. The significance and importance of the many and varied environmental design and permit issues is the key to the successful implementation of highway projects. The functions of the OED include the development of design concepts and final designs for wetland mitigation, stream restoration, sound barriers, streetscapes, highway landscaping, rest areas and welcome centers, greenways, scenic byways, trees and forest conservation and highway aesthetics. The OED is also responsible for developing and presenting an environmental values training program to all employees. To accomplish its mission, the OED is comprised of three Divisions with 60 permanent employees.

Environmental Programs Division

Mrs. Susan M. Ridenour, Chief
Phone 410-545-8610

The Environmental Programs Division (EPD) is responsible for the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for wetland mitigation and stream restoration projects; to assure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations; and to assure that all natural, cultural and social-economic commitments made during the planning phase are met during final design of all SHA capital projects.

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Landscape Architecture Division

Mr. Dan Uebersax
Phone 410-545-8603

The Landscape Architecture Division (LAD) is responsible for directing, administering and supervising the development of concepts and designs of landscape architectural projects. These include safety rest areas and welcome centers, highway landscaping, streetscapes, sound barriers, tree and forest mitigation, and mitigation of impacts to historic sites.

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Landscape Operations Division

Mr. Kenneth Oldham, Chief
Phone 410-545-8590

The Landscape Operations Division (LOD) is responsible for directing, administering and supervising SHA’s statewide efforts in reforestation and tree preservation, turf management, roadside management, tree maintenance, pest control, and wildflower programs.

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