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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B - Survey Respondents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Landscape Development and Management Practices for Urban Freeway Roadsides. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25508.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B - Survey Respondents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Landscape Development and Management Practices for Urban Freeway Roadsides. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25508.
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B-1 Survey Respondents A P P E N D I X B TABLE B1. Survey respondents. State Title Agency/Organization AK Northern Region M&O Engineer Alaska Department of Transportation AL Agronomist Manager Alabama Department of Transportation AZ Landscape Architect III Arizona Department of Transportation CA Senior Landscape Architect California Department of Transportation CO Maintenance Engineer Colorado Department of Transportation CT Transportation Landscape Designer 1 Connecticut Department of Transportation ID Roadside Program Administrator Idaho Transportation Department IA Chief Landscape Architect Iowa Department of Transportation KS Bureau Chief of Maintenance Kansas Department of Transportation KY Assistant Director Kentucky Transportation Cabinet LA Roadside Manager Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development MD Landscape Operations Division Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration MI Michigan Department of Transportation MN Roadside Vegetation Management Minnesota Department of Transportation MO Roadside Management Specialist Missouri Department of Transportation MT Maintenance Reviewer Montana Department of Transportation NV Nevada Department of Transportation NH Landscape Specialist, Supervisor New Hampshire Department of Transportation NC State Roadside Erosion Control and Vegetation Management Engineer North Carolina Department of Transportation ND State Maintenance Engineer North Dakota Department of Transportation OH Office of Maintenance Operations Ohio Department of Transportation OR Vegetation Management Coordinator Oregon Department of Transportation PA Roadway/Environmental Programs Pennsylvania Department of Transportation RI State Highway Maintenance Operations Engineer Rhode Island Department of Transportation SC State Maintenance Engineer South Carolina Department of Transportation TN State Maintenance Engineer Tennessee Department of Transportation TX Vegetation Specialist Texas Department of Transportation UT Training and Vegetation Manager Utah Department of Transportation VT Environmental Program Manager Vermont Agency of Transportation WA State Roadside Asset Manager Washington State Department of Transportation WV Assistant Maintenance Division Director-Operations West Virginia Department of Transportation/Division of Highways WI State Transportation Landscape Architect Wisconsin Department of Transportation WY State Maintenance Engineer Wyoming Department of Transportation

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Current practices used by state departments of transporttion to design and manage the urban freeway roadsides (UFRs) environment is the focus of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 539: Landscape Development and Management Practices for Urban Freeway Roadsides.

The urban freeway roadsides (UFRs) for this synthesis are those roadsides associated with high visibility urban freeways with limited pedestrian access, such as wider medians, interchanges, and overpasses.

The UFR is part of a greater urban environment with broad social, political, economic, and environmental implications for management. There are numerous UFR stakeholders, such as their respective municipalities, residents, adjacent landowners and businesses, traveling public, and state DOTs, and each has specific requests, requirements, and considerations. Among these are an acceptable level of maintenance and stakeholder expectations for aesthetics.

State departments of transportation (DOTs) recognize their roadway systems are assets that need management and acknowledge that pavements and other infrastructure routinely require resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation because their integrity degrades over time. However, the UFR and its respective urban freeway systems may not receive the same routine restoration. The vegetation installed at the time of roadway construction ages with the surrounding infrastructure. Decades after initial installation within the UFR, transportation agencies have mature landscapes that may be near the end of their life cycle.

The inability to adequately access and maintain these areas can result in failure of planted vegetation, loss of investment, and public criticism of state DOTs. The UFR is part of state DOTs’ highway system investment facing many challenges as freeway renovations and expansions encroach on limited right-of-way (ROW) areas available for landscape development. As the size of these areas decreases, so does the ability of maintenance workers and equipment to safely access and maintain them.

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