Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a major agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) headquartered in Washington, DC, with field offices in every State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America's roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although State, local, and tribal governments own most of the Nation's highways, FHWA provides financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America's highway system. Their annual budget of more than $30 billion is funded by fuel and motor vehicle excise taxes. The budget is primarily divided between two programs: Federal-aid funding to State and local governments; and Federal Lands Highways funding for national parks, national forests, Indian lands, and other land under Federal stewardship.
FHWA has announced Environmental Stewardship and Streamlining as one of its Vital Few priorities. The Vital Few priorities are the focus areas that show the biggest performance gaps in the transportation system and present opportunities for FHWA to make the greatest difference.
FHWA is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through stewardship and timely reviews. In recent years, FHWA and its partners have made substantial contributions to the environment and to communities, through planning and programs that support wetland banking, habitat restoration, historic preservation, air quality improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, context-sensitive solutions, wildlife crossings, public and tribal government involvement, and more.
FHWA will continue to support these programs while it also works with State, local, and Federal partners to conduct sound environmental reviews in a timely way. With prompt decision making, we can reduce project cost escalation, ease congestion, and deliver the transportation and safety improvements that the American public expects. The environment is everybody’s concern and at FHWA, it assumes a particular importance-one that touches virtually every aspect of highway planning, design, and construction.
In support of their Vital Few priorities, FHWA has been a leading partner in the Green Highways Partnership. FHWA has contributed significant resources towards the partnership including staff time, monetary commitments, and technological expertise. Just recently, FHWA has contributed partial funding to a Green Highways Partnership Anacostia Targeted Watershed grant for innovative watershed management projects within the Anacostia Watershed.