Executive order paves way for targeted transportation projects

| Thursday, September 25, 2003

U.S. 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 review process.

The four are among 13 highway, transit and airport projects receiving special attention from a task force appointed by the president.   

The 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. 

President 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.

"Too 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."

Additional 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.

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