Florida's Highway Beautification Programs
Useful Links for Highway Landscape Projects
- Part I of this rule chapter has complete instructions for designing and implementing a highway landscape project.
- Part II describes the Beautification Grant Program.
- Part III deals with Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising Signs.
"It shall be the policy of the state to conserve
and protect its natural resources and scenic
Article II, section 7(a), Florida Constitution
"The department shall have the powers and duties
to...conserve the natural roadside growth and scenery;
and to provide for the implementation and
maintenance of roadside conservation, enhancement,
and stabilization programs. No less than 1.5 percent
of the amount contracted for construction projects
shall be allocated by the department for the
purchase of plant materials...."
Section 334.044 (26) Florida Statutes
"It is the policy of
the Florida Department of Transportation to conserve, protect, restore
and enhance Florida's natural resources and scenic beauty when
constructing and maintaining the State Highway System. Under this
policy, Florida can have:
- The nation's most beautiful highways that attract and grow business.
- Safe roadsides that are durable, and ecologically and economically sustainable.
- Measureable returns on investments that grow in value over time.
In carrying out this policy, the Department will:
- Make highway beautification everyone's business.
- Accommodate existing and proposed trees and other long lived plants by consistently integrating landscape conservation and highway beautification into the processes that are used to plan, design, construct, and maintain roadways.
- Utilize design strategies that enhance Florida's distinctive sense of place, create lasting curb appeal, and minimize
cost to conserve and maintain high quality landscapes.
- Accept responsibility for maintenance of the state's highest priority landscapes, as established by the Department,
necessary to implement this policy.
- Develop and implement a system to track costs and accomplishments of programs contributing to highway beautification."
Highway Beautification Policy, Florida Department of Transportation
Plans for other highway landscape projects must comply with Part I, Rule Chapter 14-40, F.A.C Highway Beautification and Landscape Management:
Landscape Architects and contractors can learn about specific FDOT project requirements by visiting the Office of Design, here you can access the:
- Plans for highway landscape projects prepared under contract with the Florida Department of Transportation must comply with the FDOT Plans Preparation Manual: Volume 1-Chapter 9 'Landscape and Community Aesthetic Features'. The following Chapters address Lateral Offsets to Trees: Volume 1-Chapter 21 'Transportation Design for Livable Communities', Table 126.96.36.199 & Volume 1-Chapter 25 'Design Criteria for Resurfacing, Restoration and Rehabilitation (RRR) of Streets and Highways', Table 21.3.
- The FDOT Standard Plans website offers;
- Landscape architects typically find Index 544-Landscape Installation, Index 546-Sight Distance at Intersections, and Index 700-Roadside Offsets to be helpful when preparing landscape plans;
- Design Standard Index Series 600-660-Traffic Control Through Work Zones;
- Various training opportunities.
The Florida Highway Landscape Guide was published in 1995. Though it is in metric, many landscape architects find it to be a valuable reference resource.
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