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The project being proposed now is very different than what was originally proposed - it is practically a new project.  Has the Purpose and Need changed for the project (would seem like it would have to for the reduced roadway to be acceptable)?  If so, you would definitely need to look at your alternatives analysis again based on the revised needs.  And as you said, the impacts would have to be revised.  You may want to hold a new public meeting (not quite scoping, since the areas of concern would be the same).  Sounds like almost a complete rewrite of the EIS.

Another option would be to do a combined PEL (Planning Environmental Linkage) and EIS document.  The larger project would be the planning portion (what you would like to do), and the reduced template would be the EIS (what you are actually going to do based on funding).  This would require that you identify BOTH the overall impacts (which you already have) and the imapcts of the reduced project.  Still have to do most of what I described above and add a lot of discussion to the PEL/EIS to clarify what is happening, but you wouldn't have to throw out the work that is already done.

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NEPA Process and Documentation

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FHWA Division Office

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The project being proposed now is very different than what was originally proposed - it is practically a new project. Has the Purpose and Need changed for the project (would seem like it would have to for the reduced roadway to be acceptable)? If so, you would definitely need to look at your alternatives analysis again based on the revised needs. And as you said, the impacts would have to be revised. You may want to hold a new public meeting (not quite scoping, since the areas of concern would be the same). Sounds like almost a complete rewrite of the EIS. Another option would be to do a combined PEL (Planning Environmental Linkage) and EIS document. The larger project would be the planning portion (what you would like to do), and the reduced template would be the EIS (what you are actually going to do based on funding). This would require that you identify BOTH the overall impacts (which you already have) and the imapcts of the reduced project. Still have to do most of what I described above and add a lot of discussion to the PEL/EIS to clarify what is happening, but you wouldn't have to throw out the work that is already done.

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NEPA Process and Documentation

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Created at 4/24/2012 8:38 AM by System Account
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