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R&T Portfolio: Federal Lands

Twenty-eight percent of land in the United States is under Federal stewardship, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and Tribal and other federally owned lands. Developing, constructing, and maintaining the transportation networks in these often rural and remote areas pose unique challenges for Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Federal Lands Highway (FLH) Divisions serving the western, central, and eastern regions of the Nation. However, by improving safety and access to Federal and Tribal lands, FHWA ensures that the many national treasures within Federal Lands can be enjoyed by all.

FLH helps Federal agencies and Tribal governments improve safety, maintain infrastructure assets, streamline the environmental review process, and deploy innovation and research, all while being accountable to its partners. FLH optimizes the Office of Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) program by serving as test beds for innovation used by State and local highway agencies on their rural roads.

Federal Lands Research Activities

Research and innovation activities within Federal Lands Highway span the breadth of U.S. Department of Transportation’s technical areas and strategic focuses, including safety, infrastructure, project delivery, and environmental impact.

"View of a mountain road with the words 'Federal Lands Research" above it."

Images sources: FHWA.

Contact Us

Office of Federal Lands Highway
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States