PD&E Manual and FDOT Procedure

FDOT procedures for complying with federal requirements regarding the use of land from publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and public or private historic sites for Federal highway projects (codified at 23 U.S.C. 138 and 49 U.S.C. 303, but commonly referred to as Section 4(f) because the requirements originated in Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-670, 80 Stat. 931))

Provides an overview of the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) process, and FDOT procedures for complying with those requirements

Federal Resources

FHWA Guidance

  • FHWA Environmental Toolkit - Provides an overview of the Section 4(f) process. Sections within the toolkit most helpful with Section 4(f) evaluations include:
  • Section 4(f) Policy Paper - Divided into two major parts: Part 1 provides guidance and explanations for meeting the requirements of Section 4(f); and Part 2 contains a series of questions and answers regarding specific situations and properties for some of the more common Section 4(f) situations
  • Section 4(f) Programmatic Evaluations - includes the applicability criteria and the requirements for each of the 5 Nation-wide Programmatic Evaluations
  • Section 4(f) Guidance and Legislation - includes additional guidance as well as the laws, the implementing regulations, and the final rule
  • Section 4(f) Tutorial - can be used as an introductory training for Section 4(f)
  • Technical Advisory: T6640.8A - a guide for suggested formatting of Environmental and Section 4(f) Documents.
Related Laws and Regulations  
  • 36 CFR Part 800 - regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (please see the Advisory Council Website for general guidance for compliance with historic preservation laws)
  • Section 6(f) of the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act - prohibits the conversion of property acquired or developed with Land and Water Conservation funds to a non-recreational purpose without approval of the Dept. of Interior's National Park Service (NPS); Section 6(f) directs the NPS to assure the replacement lands of equal value, location, and usefulness are provided as conditions of such conversions
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers - overview of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Assessment process
For more information about Section 4(f), contact Roy Jackson at 850-414-5323
or by email at roy.jackson@dot.state.fl.us