Highway Projects: Survey of State Departments of Transportation (GAO-12-637SP, June 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-593

Read the Full Report: Highway Projects: Some Federal and State Practices to Expedite Completion Show Promise (GAO-12-593).


This e-supplement presents the results of GAO's Web-based survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) about their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of provisions meant to expedite highway projects established in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and practices the state DOTs have implemented on their own to expedite highway projects. SAFETEA-LU, enacted in August 2005, established a number of provisions to help expedite highway projects, including streamlining some portions of the environmental review process, allowing states to assume greater environmental review responsibilities under certain conditions, and establishing pilot programs that permitted delegation of some authority from the federal government to states.

The survey was administered to state DOTs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. For reporting purposes, we use the term states to refer to all 52 departments surveyed. We received completed responses from all departments surveyed. This e-supplement includes the questions asked and a summary of the answers given. Responses to open-ended questions requiring a narrative response are not included in this document.

A more detailed discussion of our objectives, scope, and methodology is contained in our report, Highway Projects: Some Federal and State Practices to Expedite Completion Show Promise, GAO-12-593. We administered the survey from November 2011 to February 2012 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.


Page Name Questionnaire Results
Introduction View View
Definitions View View
Part 1: Contact Information View View
Part 2: SAFETEA-LU Initiatives View View
Part 2.1: SAFETEA-LU Section 6002 - Issue Resolution View View
Part 2.2: SAFETEA-LU Section 6002 - Assistance to Affected Entities View View
Part 2.3: SAFETEA-LU Section 6002 - Statute of Limitations View View
Part 2.4: SAFETEA-LU Section 6003 View View
Part 2.5: SAFETEA-LU Section 6004 View View
Part 2.6: SAFETEA-LU Section 6005 View View
Part 2.7: SAFETEA-LU Section 6009 View View
Part 2.8: SAFETEA-LU Section 1503 View View
Part 3: Challenges and Opportunities to Expedite Highway Project Delivery View View
Part 3.1: Challenges and Opportunities to Expedite Planning View View
Part 3.2: Challenges and Opportunities to Expedite Preliminary Design/Environmental Review View View
Part 3.3: Challenges and Opportunities to Expedite Final Design/Right-of-Way Acquisition View View
Part 3.4: Challenges and Opportunities to Expedite Construction View View
Part 4: Additional Comments View View
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