Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2015

This Earth Day, take in the scenery and enjoy the view.

Happy Earth Day, everybody!

We thought today would be a perfect time to take a look back at some of the blog posts and videos that have highlighted ADOT’s commitment to environmentally conscious practices.

But before we get to that, let us quickly share some related, late-breaking news.

The Federal Highway Administration just announced its environmental excellence award recipients for 2015 and ADOT made the list for the Animal Road Crossing Solutions category!

After you get all the award details over on the FHWA website, we hope you’ll enjoy your Earth Day by taking a moment to click through some of these previous ADOT Blog posts...

  • Did you know that roughly 1,500 tires are re-used for every lane-mile of rubberized paving? This video and blog post explain how rubberized asphalt is made and how it’s used by ADOT.
  • Just last year, we blogged about ADOT’s efforts to initiate a recycling program at rest areas around the state.
  • ADOT uses a variety of methods to prevent animals from getting into the roadway. Check out this blog post from 2014 to learn more about those methods and watch this video to see the installation of a wildlife underpass.
  • This video from a year ago features an innovation from ADOT’s Equipment Services that not only reduces ADOT’s footprint on the environment, but also saves money and time.
  • You might remember this blog post from September 2011. It details the US 93 wildlife crossing and the environmental award the project won that year. And, here’s another post about another award for US 93!
  • This post shines a light the Gonzales Pass project west of Superior.
  • ADOT equipment shops operate under the Green Shop Program, which is designed to improve customer satisfaction and assist the shops in becoming more “green.” This blog post explains the program in more detail.
  • ADOT sometimes has to put work on hold in order to avoid disrupting nearby wildlife. These posts detail a project located in a national riparian conservation area that went on hiatus to avoid the migratory bird nesting season.
  • This video and blog post from 2013 focus on the relationship between transportation planning and the environment. The post also explains how ADOT, along with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, hosted the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation.
  • Environmental surveys are a part of many projects. This video and post explain the surveys conducted on US 89 for the Clean Water Act.
  • Environmental clearances are needed before many projects can begin. Learn more in this post from last year.
  • Lead paint is something that could harm the environment, which is why ADOT takes such great care in removing it from old bridges and structures. See the process in this video and post.

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