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NCHRP 25-25/Task 36 [Final]

Recurring Community Impacts
[ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $75,000
Research Agency: ICF Consulting, Inc.
Effective Date: 6/13/2007
Completion Date: 10/1/2008
Comments: The final report has been submitted to AASHTO

Community impacts assessment is not only a critical part of the NEPA process, it is essential for building trust and securing grassroots support for projects. Direct impacts to communities, particularly low-income and minority neighborhoods, are reasonably well understood, and there are proven techniques and methodologies to help practitioners identify and quantify the effects on the human environment. Measuring cumulative impacts on communities, however, has proven more problematic, given the dynamics of community growth and development and the complex nature of these impacts. The objective of this study was to develop guidelines for state DOTs on how best to address recurring community impacts in NEPA documents. The final report has been submitted to AASHTO and can be downloaded here

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