Office of Environmental Management

ETDM Manual

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 ETDM 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. 

In December 2021, the ETDM Manual was updated to reflect current practices, laws, and regulations. No major changes, substantive revisions, or additions (i.e. policy changes or new chapters) were made in this version. The ETDM Manual Revision Summary provides an overview of the edits made to the manual and coordination activities leading to this update.  The most recent version of the ETDM Manual is provided below. For previous versions, see the ETDM Manual Archive.

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.  ETDM Manual Training materials are located on our training website .

ETDM Manual Chapters

ETDM Manual - Current Version
ETDM Manual - Chapter 1 - IntroductionChapter  1
ETDM Manual - Chapter 2 - ETDM ProcessChapter 2
ETDM Manual - Chapter 3 - Planning ScreenChapter 3
ETDM Manual - Chapter 4 - Programming ScreenChapter 4
ETDM Manual - Chapter 5 - Advancing to Project Development and Environment (PD&E)Chapter 5
ETDM Manual - Chapter 6 - Data ManagementChapter 6
ETDM Manual - AcronymsAcronyms

Single PDF all Chapters   

Entire Manual


ETDM Progress Reports

ETDM Progress ReportLink to ReportPublication Date
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #1Report #1August 2001
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #2Report #2April 2002
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #3Report #3October 2006
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #4Report #4November 2009
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #5Report #5May 2012 
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #6Report #6November 2016
Florida's ETDM Process Progress Report #7Report #7December 2018 


Process Flow Diagrams


Supporting Info