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Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) Manual

Pursuant to 23 United States Code (U.S.C.) 327 and the implementing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed on December 14, 2016, the FDOT has assumed Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) responsibilities under NEPA for highway projects on the State Highway System (SHS) and Local Agency Program (LAP) projects off the SHS. In general, FDOT's assumption includes all highway projects in Florida whose source of federal funding comes from FHWA or which constitute a federal action through FHWA. This includes responsibilities for environmental review, interagency consultation and other activities pertaining to the review or approval of NEPA actions. Consistent with law and the MOU, FDOT will be the Lead Federal Agency for highway projects with approval authority resting in the Office of Environmental Management (OEM). 

The process outlined in the Efficient Transportation Decision Making Manual is the FDOT's procedure consistent with the streamlining objectives of subsequent amendments to 23 U.S.C. sections 139 and 168 through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and supports FDOT's Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Process. 

The May 18, 2017 version of the ETDM Manual has be updated to incorporate requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding dated 12/14/2016 and executed by FHWA  and FDOT concerning the State of Florida's participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327.

To stay up-to-date on ETDM Manual updates and training opportunities, create an account on our FDOT Contact Mailer and select Environmental Management and Environmental Publications and Updates under the Publications Interest.  As training opportunities are available, we will send email notifications out through contact mailer.  Existing ETDM Manual Training materials found on our training website.

ETDM Manual Chapters

ETDM Manual NEW: May 18, 2017 December 1, 2015 (archive)
ETDM Manual - Chapter 1 - Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 1
ETDM Manual - Chapter 2 - ETDM Process Chapter 2 Chapter 2
ETDM Manual - Chapter 3 - Planning Screen Chapter 3 Chapter 3
ETDM Manual - Chapter 4 - Programming Screen Chapter 4 Chapter 4
ETDM Manual - Chapter 5 - Advancing to Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Chapter 5 Chapter 5
ETDM Manual - Chapter 6 - Data Management Chapter 6 Chapter 6
ETDM Manaual - Acronyms Acronyms Acronyms

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