AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast: Ohio DOT’s Historic Bridge Plan

The newest episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast focuses on the historic bridge inventory, evaluation, and preservation plan put together by the Ohio Department of Transportation and how other state DOTs can implement similar efforts based on that plan.

[Above photo by the Ohio DOT]

The ETAP podcast – a technical service program for state departments of transportation provided by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – explores a wide array of environmental topics that affect transportation and infrastructure programs.

In this episode, Erica Schneider – assistant environmental administrator for Ohio DOT – and Tom Barrett, Ohio DOT’s historic bridge program manager and state byways coordinator, explain the importance of preserving, relocating, or restoring historic bridges as they attract tourists, create economic opportunities, and offer a way to strengthen a sense of community for towns and cities statewide.

[Editor’s note: For an example of how bridges and byways provide tourist opportunists and historic connections, check out the Ohio DOT video below.]

Ohio is home to more than 500 national registered-listed and historic bridges, constructed with a vast array of materials, including iron, steel, stone, concrete, and wood.

Recently, Ohio DOT completed a historic bridge inventory update for all 9,086 bridges built between 1961 and 197, with seven determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and one considered an early example of environmentally sensitive structural design.

To listen to this podcast, click here.

Kansas Issues Local Communities $11M in Cost Sharing Funds

Governor Laura Kelly (D) and Calvin Reed, acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, recently announced more than $11 million will be awarded to 14 local transportation construction projects statewide through the agency’s “Cost Share Program” for spring 2023.

[Above photo by the Kansas DOT]

The Kansas DOT Cost Share Program – established in 2019 as part of the 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program or IKE – is designed to help rural and urban areas alike advance local transportation projects to improve safety, support job retention and growth, relieve congestion, and improve access and mobility.

To date, Kansas DOT said its Cost Share Program has resulted in the investment of more than $125 million in state funding in almost 150 projects statewide, with nearly an additional $100 million in matching local funds.

“With these projects, my administration is making investments that address short term challenges to bring long-term solutions to communities,” the governor noted in a statement. “The Cost Share program has been a success because of the partnerships we’ve built with local governments to make financial commitments alongside us.”

[Editor’s note: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently hosted a knowledge session at its 2023 Spring Meeting in Seattle that delved into ways transportation agencies can get the most out of the discretionary grant programs funded by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021 – especially in terms of helping fund local infrastructure projects.]

Gov. Kelly unveiled this latest disbursement of Cost Share Program funds at a press event in the City of Gardner, which is getting state fiscal support for its South Center Trail. This particular round of Cost Share Program funding is supporting safer and improved access to schools, health care, recreational amenities, and housing.

“We rely on local leaders to bring us their best ideas for projects that, with a little help, can make a significant difference in a community,” noted Kansas DOT’s Reed. “Communities come to the table with a solid project plan, the support of local business and community members, and matching funds in place. State dollars help get the projects to the finish line.”

State departments of transportation across the country provide funding to local transportation projects via a variety of programs – many aimed at boosting active transportation opportunities.

For example, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, in partnership with the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization or SJTPO, recently awarded $5.2 million to six local infrastructure projects under the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside or “TA Set-Aside” program. 

“As part of our ‘Commitment to Communities,’ we work with the three metropolitan planning organizations to provide federal funding to counties and municipalities for local transportation projects that improve safety and strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of our transportation system,” noted New Jersey DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “[Those] grants will fund projects to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in six South Jersey communities without having to impact local property taxes.”

Meanwhile, in April, the Illinois Department of Transportation recently awarded $127.9 million through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program or ITEP to support 72 local mobility projects statewide.

“The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program is … designed to support alternate modes of transportation, to preserve visual and cultural resources, and improve quality of life,” explained Governor Jay “J.B.” Pritzker (D).

Those 72 local mobility projects selected include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

“The ITEP gives our local partners the resources they need to improve quality of life for their communities and strengthen the state’s overall transportation system,” added Illinois DOT Secretary Omer Osman. “We’re putting dollars to work in the communities that need them most, investing in infrastructure and increasing travel options to make Illinois a safer and more enjoyable place to work, build a business and raise a family.”

Environmental News Highlights – June 14, 2023


FTA Seeking Comment on Transit Safety Plan Revisions

– AASHTO Journal

Congress debates mandating AM radios in new vehicles

– WWJ Radio

Nineteen States Sue EPA Over California Heavy Truck Phaseout

– Transport Topics

Legislation Proposed in Congress to Tax Marine Carbon Fuels and Port Emissions

– Maritime Executive

New White House Website Maps, Tracks Infrastructure Projects Across US

– AP

Avoiding Default and Streamlining NEPA – Can the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 Accomplish Both Objectives?

JD Supra (commentary)


AASHTO Re:source Hawaii DOT Podcast: – Part 2

– AASHTO Journal

Car-dependent California seeks to follow New York’s lead and save public transit

– AP

Chattanooga Looks to Become ‘Citywide Testbed for Future Mobility’

– Route Fifty

The Rocky Road to Bus Electrification

– Governing

The Airport Infrastructure Resilience Act of 2023 Explained

– Airport Business

Hawai’i DOT, UH Mānoa Launch First Autonomous Electric Shuttle

– Hawai’i DOT (media release)

Utah Takes First Step Toward Electrified Future

– Utah DOT (media release)


Maps and Apps Help Track Wildfire Smoke by City and Neighborhood

– CityLab


Washington Governor Rebuffs Tribes Seeking Relief After Climate Laws Boost Gas Prices

– Seattle Times

Chesapeake Bay report cites environmental justice disparities

– AP

How equity relates to multimodal transportation – and why it matters

– DJC Oregon (opinion)

Meeting Transportation Goals With Equity

– FHWA Public Roads


Federal board declines to rule on Del Mar railroad fence petition

– San Diego Union-Tribune

Paris Plans to Plant Trees That Can Survive Climate Change

– CityLab

Loud launches: Researchers study how rocket noise affects endangered wildlife

– Space.com


DC’s historic board voted to protect a non-historic parking lot. Why?

– Greater Greater Washington

NH activists are considering legal action over ‘Rebel Girl’ historical marker removal

– New Hampshire Public Radio


University Unveils Distracted Pedestrian Prevention App

– AASHTO Journal

Maryland Transportation Authority moves ahead with bike access on Nice-Middleton Bridge

– Maryland Matters

Bethlehem Twp., PA looks to provide more avenues for ‘active’ transportation

– LehighValleyNews.com

For advocates of bike-friendly infrastructure changes in Flagstaff, the gears of government turn slowly

– Arizona Daily Sun

How Sound Transit Controls Train-Borne Noise

– Mass Transit

Study Finds Cyclists Wearing Helmets Perceived As ‘Less Human’ Than Those Who Don’t

– Canadian Cycling Magazine

Cyclists can now ride on sidewalks in Los Angeles County


Wisconsin Bike Federation Looks To Remind Drivers ‘We Are All Pedestrians’ With New Campaign


Why Blue Lights Are Appearing At Some NYC Subway Stations

– The City


Background and Summary of a Guide for Roundabouts


Guide for Roundabouts – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 5: Great Lakes


Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 6: Hawaii – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 7: Inland Northwest – NCHRP

Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways, Volume 8: Maritime Northwest


TRB Webinar: Fostering Sustainability through Freight-Efficient Land Uses


TRB Webinar: Pedestrian Crash Factors, Trends, and Treatments


TRB Webinar: Legal Issues and Emerging Technologies in Public Transit



Public Meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Geological Survey (Notice)

State Enforcement of Inland Navigation Rules

– Coast Guard (Final rule)

Ocean Justice Strategy

Council on Environmental Quality (Request for information)

Final Guidance for Vessel Sewage No-Discharge Zone Applications

– EPA (Notice)

Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for the Eastern Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico; Availability of Draft National Environmental Policy Categorial Exclusion

– EPA (Notice of proposed reissuance of NPDES general permit, notice to states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for consistency review with approved Coastal Management Programs)

Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

– FAA (Solicitation of applications

U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting

– Maritime Administration (Notice)