Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced Sept. 24 that
four delayed transportation projects are moving forward as a result
of an executive order by President Bush to streamline the environmental
four are among 13 highway, transit and airport projects receiving
special attention from a task force appointed by the president.
four projects are Interstate 80 in Nebraska; the North/South Alignment
for the Community and Environmental Transportation Acceptability
Process in Riverside County, CA; the Chittenden County Circumferential
Highway in Vermont; and the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River
Bridges Project in Kentucky and Indiana.
Bush issued the order Sept. 18, 2002, to quicken
the environmental decision-making process in connection with major
transportation projects. The order instructs DOT to select priority
projects and establishes an interagency task force to speed up decision-making
across the federal agencies.
many transportation projects become mired for too long in the complex
web of clearances required by federal and state law,” Mineta said.
“This initiative is intended to make our transportation investments
more efficient, helping ease congestion and reduce pollution …The
interagency task force established from this executive order will
promote common sense streamlining and responsible environmental
stewardship in transportation projects."
information about President Bush’s executive order, “Environmental
Stewardship and Transportation Infrastructure Project Reviews,” is
available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/stewardshipeo/index.htm.