Public comment is encouraged throughout the planning and design of State Highway Administration projects. Certain regulations require the opportunity for additional review and comment specific to their jurisdiction. Please see the list below for current opportunities to provide input.
De Minimis Findings
Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT)Act provides protection to certain resources during the planning of transportation projects. Known as Section 4(f) resources, these include publicly owned public parks, recreation areas, and wildlife and waterfowl refuges, as well as significant historic and archaeological resources. When SHA and the responsible official(s) with jurisdiction over the resource agree the project will not adversely affect the resource, a de minimis (or minor) impact finding can be proposed. De minimis impacts are defined as those that do not "adversely affect the activities, features and attributes" of theSection 4(f) resource.
For parks, recreation areas, and wildlife and waterfowl refuges, public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment concerning the effects on the protected activities, features, or attributes of the property must be provided prior to seeking the Federal Highway Administration's approval on the de minimis finding.
Click on a link below to review and comment on current de minimis findings. For additional information on the de minimis provision of Section 4(f) of the US DOT Act, click here.
MD 478 Bridge over the Potomac River Draft 4f Document Distribution Letter-April 2017 (133KB, PDF)
MD 478 Bridge Replacement Draft Section 4f Evaluation (6.31MB, PDF)
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