Environmental Planning


Roadside Resources

Roadside design and management is integral to efficient highway planning, design, operation, and maintenance. These areas must be managed for multiple uses and benefits, including safety considerations, signage, utilities, water quality, aesthetics and habitat. Decisions on how to balance and manage these interests affects the appearance of the roadside and the user experience. Properly designed and managed vegetation complements the functions of the roadway, integrates the roadway into the surrounding landscape, and has a positive effect on the traveling public.

Roadside Functions and UsesRoadside Resources provides support for roadside vegetation management during planning, design, construction, and maintenance and manages NEPA requirements for vegetation management activities, including the use of herbicides, with external agencies.

Map of Herbicide/Invasive Species Contacts

Roadside Resources coordinates with and supports programs throughout ADOT, including:

ADOT’s goal for roadside management is to follow Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices. IVM promotes the establishment of low-maintenance beneficial vegetation and the suppression of unwanted vegetation through the integration of biological, cultural, manual, mechanical, and educational methods. Chemical controls are used only when needed. IVM uses plant growth characteristics, principles of plant succession, and knowledge of natural and human-related factors affecting environmental change to achieve management goals, while minimizing impacts on the environment.

Noxious and Invasive Weeds

Landscape Care and Maintenance

Revegetation – Main ADOT contact: Roadside Development (in Roadway Engineering)

Coordination with Land Managing Agencies

Coordination of Vegetation Management and Herbicide Use with Regulatory/Permitting Agencies

Arizona  Department of Agriculture


US Fish and Wildlife Service

Resources for Ecosystem and Vegetation Management

The Arizona Ombudsman – Citizens Aide helps you resolve ongoing issues with State Agencies.

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.