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Transportation Enhancement Program

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Environmental Documentation

All Transportation Enhancement Program projects must conform to the federally mandated requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, The National Historic Preservation Act – Section 106, and The US Department of Transportation Act - Section 4 (f), as well as other Federal laws, such as Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and the Rare and Endangered Species Act. Preparation of environmental documentation will depend on the purpose and need for the project, as defined in the proposal.

Important Note to Project Sponsors

Drafts of all correspondence are to be reviewed by SHA before sending to other Agencies.

The National Environmental Policy Act

NEPA requires parties receiving federal funds to consider natural and socio-economic factors, using a systematic, interdisciplinary approach, before committing to a project. A forty-seven item checklist called an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) must be completed, even if the currently proposed project will not directly impact those resources. The EAF includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics.
  • Wetlands
  • Publicly owned public parks and recreation areas
  • Chesapeake Bay Critical Area
  • Archeological and historic resources
  • Threatened/endangered species and their habitat

The National Historic Preservation Act - Section 106

Section 106 provides for the protection, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction of significant cultural resources, including historic sites and archeology and must be approved by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). The sponsor must prepare a comprehensive letter to MHT, including the following:
  • Detailed scope of work
  • Historical and archeological resources inventory
  • Effect determination

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