Public invited to comment on renewal of ADOT, FHWA agreement for project environmental reviews

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation are proposing to renew an agreement through which ADOT assumes FHWA’s authority for approval of federal environmental review documents for proposed projects. A draft Memorandum of Understanding that would continue this agreement, known as NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Assignment, has been posted to the Federal Register and is available for comment until May 10.The agreement, established in 2019, allows a state to apply for and assume decision-making and legal responsibility for meeting NEPA requirements and other federal environmental laws otherwise administered by FHWA for projects. Congress established the program to help streamline environmental reviews for federally funded highway projects. Arizona is among eight states, including California and Texas, that currently have this authority. NEPA requirements apply to all projects that use federal funds.Learn more about NEPA Assignment, review the draft Memorandum of Understanding for NEPA Assignment and find out how to submit comments to FHWA by visiting ADOT’s NEPA Assignment webpage.For questions contact ADOT NEPA Assignment Manager Steven Olmsted at or call 480.202.6050.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability. Persons who require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact Steve Olmsted at 480.202.6050 or Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con El Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Steve Olmsted a 480.202.6050 or Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.