What’s Next For This Project?
Preliminary design has been prepared for the entire length of the Selected
Alignment Alternative. The Design Public Hearing and comment period provides
the public an opportunity to view the preliminary design and provide input to
due by June 19, 2008, 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.
Once comments are
addressed and the Cultural Resources survey and final design plans are
completed, right of way acquisition and the construction phases of the project
can then proceed as funds become available. Some funding for the
project is included in the Statewide Transportation Implementation Plan and will
be available to begin right of way acquisition. At this time, there is no
construction schedule for the proposed Springdale Northern Bypass.
Phase I Cultural Resources survey of the Selected
Alignment Alternative is expected to begin this year. Cultural Resources
include a wide variety of site types ranging from historic (those resources that
are at least 50 years old) structures such as houses, barns, bridges, rock
walls, etc., to historic and prehistoric archeological sites. This survey will be conducted to find any previously unidentified
cultural resources within a corridor that extends approximately 1000 feet from
the conceptual centerline of the Selected Alignment Alternative. Local landowners will be contacted for permission to access their property by the archeological
firm performing this work. It would
be beneficial to inform the archeologists of known historic or archeological
sites in the area.
Phase I survey typically consists of visually inspecting the prospective
right of way and using shovels to dig test holes on a grid spaced from 15
to 100 feet apart and approximately 12 inches wide by 16 inches deep. The material from the test holes is examined for evidence of
archeological sites and then the holes are backfilled. The evaluation of any sites located will continue with a more
intensive investigation during a future Phase II survey.