Concept Ecology Integrated Project Engineering and Environment; Relating a Project to the Surroundingsby David S. Reutter,
Roger J. Menendez,
Peter J. Bottone,
Robert L. Whitman, Jr.,
Abstract: The selected alignment of the 27.3 km long Veterans Expressway in Tampa, Florida was constructed for better access to the downtown area from a relatively rural but fast growing area of northern Tampa. The alignment through regional wetlands and significant native habitat resulted in the direct loss of 17.4 hectares of forested and emergent wetland habitat and raised project concerns from resource agencies for maintaining existing hydrological interactions and regional wildlife corridors, as well as offsetting the fragmentation and habitat isolation that often results from new road projects.
Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Highways and roads | Wetlands (fresh water) | Alignment | Transportation corridors | Wildlife | Rural areas | Business districts | Hydrology | North America | Florida | United States | Tampa
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