Local governments may be responsible for constructing and maintaining roads, bridges, tunnels, and buildings. Construction and maintenance activities are essential to providing infrastructure for transportation, administration, and in some cases, housing. Construction and maintenance include constructing and maintaining roads, bridges and tunnels, and constructing, maintaining, renovating, and demolishing buildings.

These activities have the potential to impact the environment, and may be regulated under U.S. environmental regulations. Construction of new roads, bridges, or tunnels generally involves clearing land, constructing the new structure, and disposing of construction waste. Maintenance and renovation of roads, bridges or tunnels may include street sweeping, maintenance of storm sewers, snow removal, and lead-based paint removal and disposal. Traffic management includes designing roads and bridges, access points, and traffic signals. Each of these activities is regulated under a section of EPA environmental regulations.

LGEAN resources most applicable to construction include:

Additional resources (exit LGEAN):

  • Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center. Provides extensive information on environmental rules relating to various types of construction projects. Covers both federal and state regulations.

  • Lead Paint Abatement Resource Locator. Find your state's rules covering lead in construction issues, and learn about training and certification programs offered by your state, or by federal agencies.

  • Asbestos Resource Locator . Find an OSHA or environmental state contact that can help with health and safety or disposal issues regarding asbestos removal from construction activities.