Office of Environmental Management

Section 4(f) References and Guides

PD&E Manual and FDOT Procedure

  • PD&E Manual Part 2, Chapter 7, Section 4(f) Evaluations  (WBT) - 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))
  • PD&E Part 2, Chapter 8, Archaeological and Historical Resources ( WBT) - Provides an overview of the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) process, and FDOT procedures for complying with those requirements
  • SWEPT Section 4(f) Tool (FDOT, 2020) (recording) - Provides instructions on how to use FDOT's Section 4(f) Tool in SWEPT. This tool provides the opportunity to record a project's Section 4(f) information in one place. Once an applicability decision or approval option recommendation is made by District personnel, the Office of Environmental Management uses the tool to review and concur with and/or approve Section 4(f) decisions.

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  
For more information about Section 4(f), contact Katasha Cornwell at 850-414-5260
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