Title

A Comprehensive Public Involvement Program To Address the Reconstruction and Redesign of Interstate 25 in the City and County of Denver

Date of Award

4-19-2005

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

William Robinson

Keywords

CDOT; EIS; Environmental impact analysis -- Colorado -- Denver Metropolitan Area; Environmental justice; Environmental justice -- Colorado -- Denver Metropolitan Area; FHWA; Highway planning -- Colorado -- Denver Metropolitan Area -- Citizen participation; NEPA; Public involvement; Transportation -- Planning -- Colorado -- Denver Metropoli

Abstract

Executive Order 12898 directed every federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. Executive Order 12898 mandates the inclusion of environmental justice considerations in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have developed guidelines to meet the relatively nebulous environmental justice requirements of Executive Order 12898 by supplementing the NEPA guidance for transportation project in Colorado. Currently, three projects, T-REX, the Valley Highway, and I-25 North, are involved along the I-25 corridor in Denver. Each project includes the reconstruction of I-25 and the interchanges associated with the I-25 mainline. Each of these projects is conducting a public involvement program; however, a corridor-wide public involvement program is not being conducted. The public involvement program must meet EPA, FHWA, and CDOT guidance requirements, follow the NEPA process, and should meet the spirit of Executive Order 12898 on environmental justice. The purpose of this capstone project is to develop a corridor-wide public involvement program for the City and County of Denver that meets CEQ NEPA regulations and the spirit of Executive Order 12898.

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