Performance Standards Protect Resources
ODOT and regulators have set performance standards for storm water runoff, streams and wetlands, wildlife and fish habitat, noise and air quality, and historic/cultural resources. Meeting these standards helps ODOT obtain environmental permits more quickly while protecting the natural, historical and cultural values that make Oregon special.
About 85 – 90 percent of state bridge projects will meet the new statewide standards. ODOT will work closely with regulators on individual environmental permits for the remainder of the projects.
The streamlined permitting process for bridges is likely to spill over to ODOT’s other projects, speeding permits for highway improvements statewide.
Environmental streamlining ties into ODOT’s approach to Context-Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions. The department is avoiding, reducing and mitigating environmental impacts that result from the bridge projects. It is also working with communities and transportation stakeholders on the common issues and goals that arise from these projects.