The following links provide access to Section 4(f) guidance documents, research materials, checklists, and examples from state DOTs and federal DOT agencies.If you would like to suggest additional research, documents, or reports on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on theShare Info with AASHTO form.
Guidance on Section 4(f) Exception for Federal Lands Transportation Facilities, Federal Highway Administration (Nov. 20, 2012). This document provides guidance on an exception from Section 4(f) approval for federal lands transportation facilities provided under the federal transportation legislation Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 broadened the previous exception – which applied only to park roads or parkways – to include facilities owned and maintained by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the Bureau of Land Management.
Section 4(f) Policy Paper, Federal Highway Administration (Revised July 20, 2012). This policy paper, which was originally released in 1987, has been revised to incorporate changes under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and FHWA’s 2008 Section 4(f) final rule. The document provides an overview of the Section 4(f) regulations, including changes related to de minimis impact determinations, feasible and prudent avoidance alternatives, and alternatives with least overall harm. The policy paper also features questions and answers regarding Section 4(f) applicability and compliance.