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Chapter 10
Roadside Management and Maintenance: Beyond Vegetation
10.19. Emergency Actions

All emergency actions in or adjacent to streams, wetlands, lakes, ponds or other water bodies, or historic resources require some form of environmental review and notification to regulatory agencies and thus should be coordinated through DOT environmental specialists or landscape architects. To qualify as an emergency, the damage or threat to bridges, roads or other transportation facilities must present an immediate threat to life, health, property or natural resources and must be the result of a single event, not long-term neglect. Agency notification should include:

  • Description of the proposed action.
  • Location map and plan of the proposed project.
  • Reasons why the situation is an emergency.

In addition, many emergency projects require authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and must be coordinated appropriately. For large-scale disasters, batches of emergency projects may be approved with a single authorization, at the discretion of the regulatory agencies. In addition, the following environmental stewardship practices should be employed: [N] [N]

  • All emergency work should be performed to cause the least modification, disturbance, or damage to the course or bed of a stream and its banks, or any adjacent wetlands. Avoid additional impacts to wetlands or streams where possible and repair any damage to fishery or water resources caused by DOT Maintenance responses to the emergency. Remedial actions for emergencies include bioengineering and fish friendly designs, where practicable for stability and safety.
  • No equipment should be operated in the water unless it has been approved by the state permitting agency.
  • Identify and plan for slide debris disposal sites as part of local disposal plans. Appropriate sites for long and short-term material disposal should be identified and cleared for any potential wetland or sensitive species impact and mapped.
  • When conducting emergency work, all general and special permit conditions must be followed, and if significant project modifications occur during construction, these changes should be coordinated with the environmental specialist and/or the permitting agencies.
  • Provide quick response and first inspection, and notify appropriate resource staff in a timely manner.
  • Provide, if possible, adequate erosion control or bank stabilization necessary to keep material from entering watercourses.


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Table of Contents
Chapter 10
Roadside Management and Maintenance: Beyond Vegetation
10.1 Environmental Enhancement Practices and Partnership Efforts
10.2 Protection of Historic and Other Cultural Resources
10.3 Maintenance in Wetlands
10.4 Maintenance Near Waterbodies
10.5 Maintenance of Structures for Wildlife
10.6 Maintenance of Stormwater Facilities
10.7 Maintenance of Roadside Public Facilities
10.8 Management of Portable Sanitary/Septic Waste Systems
10.9 Maintenance of Shoulders and Roadway Appurtenances
10.10 Sweeping and Vacuuming of Roads, Decks, Water Quality Facilities, and Bridge Scuppers
10.11 Maintenance Stewardship Practices for Slopes, Drainage Ditches, Swales, and Diversions
10.12 Erosion and Sediment Control in Maintenance
10.13 Recycling in Roadside Maintenance Operations
10.14 Preserving Air Quality in Maintenance and Operations
10.15 Painting Operation Stormwater BMPs
10.16 Road Waste Management
10.17 Stockpiling, Spoil Disposal or Placement of Inert Fill
10.18 Maintenance of Soils
10.19 Emergency Actions
10.20 Field Review of Roadside Maintenance Operations
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