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Tennessee Environmental Procedures Manual

Chapter 2: Project Identification and Development

2.0 Overview

Planning for a transportation project begins before decisions are made about the preparation of an environmental evaluation. The project development process begins with the recognition of a transportation need by TDOT through the actions of the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) or Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs), local officials, legislators or others, or through TDOT's own Long Range Planning process. This chapter discusses the early steps in project identification and development, before a NEPA or TEER document is initiated.

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