A federal-aid highway project can easily involve 30 to 40 statutory, regulatory, and executive order requirements, with environmental and permit reviews requiring coordination with as many as 30 federal, state, and local agencies as well as the public. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) NEPA project development process incorporates “balanced transportation decision-making” that takes into account the potential impacts on the human and natural environment and the public's need for safe and efficient transportation. The intent of the FHWA’s NEPA process is to establish a streamlined “one-stop environmental process” that fully integrates the public involvement with other project development and environmental procedures. Skelly and Loy, with is full-service environmental capabilities, has assisted FHWA and state DOTs in this one-stop process by conducting studies and preparing documents to comply with NEPA that are also used to address the requirements for other related environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and National Historic Preservation Act. Skelly and Loy’s expertise also includes using PennDOT’s Internet-based Expert System for the production of EAs and CEs.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Water Resource Planning