Twenty-eight percent of land in the United States is under Federal stewardship, including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges and Tribal and other Federal lands. Developing and maintaining the transportation networks within these areas pose unique challenges for transportation professionals. FHWA is helping Federal agencies and Tribal governments improve safety, streamline the environmental review process, and reduce congestion; all while protecting natural and cultural resources and meeting the needs of the many different communities served by these roads.
In partnership with diverse agencies, such as the National Park Service (NPS), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FHWA is identifying new construction and maintenance techniques that are appropriate for environmentally sensitive and sparsely populated rural areas. Highways located on Federal lands often serve as test beds for innovations used by State and local highway agencies on their rural roads.
To speed the delivery of transportation improvements, the FHWA is cultivating streamlined project development and environmental review processes that integrate the activities of diverse agencies. The agencies may be from different levels of government and may have different points of view, based on wide-ranging missions such as construction, resource conservation, or finance, but they all work together to advance projects. This collaboration enhances the efficiency and quality of transportation projects on Federal lands.