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Streamlining ESA Section 7 Consultations: Bedell Street Bridge Project, Del Rio, Texas

  • Author(s): Arnold, Allison
  • Rumancik, Clarence
  • Kucera, Charlotte
  • et al.
Abstract

Pursuant to the 2005 transportation bill, Texas and four other states developed strategies to streamline transportation consultations with environmental regulatory agencies. In 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposed and utilized a stepwise expedited timeline for the Bedell Street Bridge Replacement project where the Federal Highway Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation (FHWA/TxDOT) would develop appropriate Section 7 documents through collaboration and through a series of checks and balances with the Service along the way. The intent was to significantly expedite the Section 7 consultation essentially placing the control of the consultation schedule and most of the workload with FHWA / TxDOT. This partnership-based approach was designed to streamline the consultation process.

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