A Manual for Conducting Environmental Impact Studies

Report No: 70-R46

Published in 1971

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This report suggests methodologies which should enable an interdisciplinary team to assess community values. The methodologies are applicable to the conceptual, location, and design phases of highway planning, respectively. The approach employs a weighted value technique for comparison of the monetary, quantifiable and qualitative factors of alternate locations on the environment. The research team is currently testing this methodology on actual proposed highway projects.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • L. Ellis Walton, James E. Lewis

Last updated: February 12, 2024

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