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
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 roads include:
Industry Compliance Assistance Center. Provides
extensive information on environmental rules relating to various
types of construction projects. Covers both federal and state
Deicing. Provides a summary of
issues covering storage, application of highway deicing chemicals
and alternatives. Provides links to best management practices.
Also covers airport/aircraft deicing.
Provides a summary of issues relating to watershed
protection/restoration, which is accomplished through efforts at
various levels including EPA, state agencies, local agencies and
Provides a summary of issues including MS4 and construction rules.
Also provides links to numerous useful websites and documents.