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Guide to assessing social impacts for state highway projects

Published: | Category: Planning, design, funding, building, maintenance of the transport network , Guidance for specialists | Audiences: General, Road controlling authorities, Roading contractors

State Highway projects may contribute to economic and social prosperity.  They may also create positive or negative social impacts at the regional and local level.  These impacts might include changes to people’s ability to access other people, communities or services.  They may also be caused by changes to amenity, facilities, mode of travel, local movement patterns and displacement or arrival of local businesses or residents. 

The Transport Agency is committed to act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and the process of social impact assessment helps the Agency to deliver on this commitment. 

This guide seeks to achieve a nationally consistent approach to carrying out social impact assessment for state highway projects at all stages of a project’s life cycle.  This approach is intended to provide certainty and clarity of expectations for our customers and for the Agency and to appropriately deliver on our commitments to social responsibility.   

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