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Transportation Enhancements: California’s Past, Present, & Future. Stephanie M. Stoermer FHWA California Division. Historically speaking…. “California” has always been a favored destination...and there are so many “Californias” to chose from….
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Stephanie M. Stoermer
FHWA California Division
“California” has always been a favored destination...and there are so many “Californias” to chose from…
On July 16, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916, initiating the federal-aid highway program and providing additional impetus for the development of state highways.
"The bill is as big as the great country it represents and as broad as the humanity it would serve."
-- Southern Good Roads magazine
In “Who Framed Roger Rabbit ?”--set in 1947--Evil Judge Doom has a plan to take out Toon Town in order to acquire the land, which is in the path of a planned freeway to Pasadena. However, by 1947 there was already a freeway to Pasadena !
“We must stop listening to engineers and highway planners, men who explain the effects of displacing people and services in very vague terms. Even more vague, in the mind of the highway planner, at least, is the direct social or economic effect of taking a park or wildlife refuge for highway use.”
-Helen Leavitt, Superhighway-Superhoax
The Federal-Aid Highway Program provides financial assistance to the States to construct and improve the National Highway System, other roads, and bridges.
The Federal Lands Highway Program provides access to and within national forests and parks, Indian reservations, and other public lands by preparing plans, letting contracts, supervising construction, and inspecting bridges.
FHWA conducts and manages a comprehensive research, development, and technology program.FHWA Today
Pedestrian and bicycle safety and education
Scenic or historic easements and sites
Scenic or historic highway programs
Landscaping and scenic beautification
Historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities
Rail to trail conversions
Control and removal of outdoor advertising
Archaeological planning and research
Mitigate highway water pollution and wildlife mortality
Transportation museumsTransportation Enhancements:12 Eligible Categories
Some factors that can help establish this relationship:
Some factors that are notgood enough:
Apportionments are the funds distributed among the states as prescribed by statutory formula.
18,127 TE Projects
FY 1992 to FY 2004
South Pasadena, CA
San Juan Capistrano, CA
FHWA Enhancements website:fhwa.dot.gov/environmental/te/index
National Transportation Clearinghouse Enhancements (NTEC) website: