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Springdale Northern Bypass (Highway 412) Environmental Studies

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Latest Project Update (May 2008)

After a review of the FEIS and the comments received, the FHWA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on February 15, 2006 that approved a Selected Alignment Alternative for the proposed bypass. Based on environmental studies, agency coordination, the public input process, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Preferred Line was identified as the Selected Alignment Alternative. Click here to see a map of the Selected Alignment Alternative.

Based upon consideration of all the social, economic and environmental evaluations contained in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), and FEIS, FHWA has determined the Selected Alternative (i.e., Alignment 5 Non-toll Funding Alternative) is the environmentally preferred alternative. This alignment provides the best transportation solution that minimizes harm to the environment to the maximum extent practicable while also sufficiently addressing the Purpose and Need for action. While some of the other alternatives evaluated, such as travel demand management and transit alternatives, may have lesser impacts on certain environmental resources, those alternatives do not provide a sufficient solution to the region's long-term transportation needs, and their selection would not be reasonable or prudent. The Selected Alignment Alternative also incorporates extensive measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential harm to the region's natural and human environment. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has given a Lack of Objection rating to the proposed project as described in the SDEIS. The study for the proposed project evaluated impacts for Toll and Non-toll Funding Alternatives. Each alignment analyzed represented two funding alternatives with identical location, corresponding to a Toll and Non-toll (free) Funding Alternative. The Selected Alignment Alternative is the Non-toll Funding Alternative. In the future, if a decision is made that a toll facility will be needed, environmental documentation will be prepared to address those additional impacts that could result from the construction and operation of a toll facility.

Preliminary design has been prepared for the entire length of the Selected Alternative and the Design Public Hearings were held in June.  The Design Public Hearings and comment period provides the public an opportunity to view the preliminary design and provide input to the Department.  These comments will be reviewed and addressed in this project’s Design Reassessment.  A Design Reassessment is prepared when minor revisions are developed between the proposed project and impacts as described in the FEIS and the proposed project developed during preliminary design.

 


 

 

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