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I think the Division Office that is reviewing this EIS needs to have applicants and co-leads clarify if they are truly downscoping the proposed action, or if they have determined they need to construct the ultimate 4 lane project in phases.  The type of environmental review will change depending on their answer. Also, if the project was initiated under the Environmental Review Process requirements of SAFETEA-LU, the participating agencies and other stakeholders should be informed if different alternatives are now being considered.  It would probably be wise to inform them even if the project is not subject to the SAFETEA-LU ERP requirements.  If the Division Office needs additional assistance, I recommend contacting your Headquarters Project Development Specialist and/or legal counsel and/or the Resource Center Environment TST.  Keep in mind that an uncontrolled access, 2 lane road will have very different operational characteristics than a controlled access, 4 lane facility.  So that's why it's important to understand what are the likely interim and ultimate configurations of the build alternatives, how well they achieve the stated purpose and need, as well as their short-term and long-term impacts.

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NEPA Process and Documentation

Original Author

Mary Ann Rondinella

Summary

I think the Division Office that is reviewing this EIS needs to have applicants and co-leads clarify if they are truly downscoping the proposed action, or if they have determined they need to construct the ultimate 4 lane project in phases. The type of environmental review will change depending on their answer. Also, if the project was initiated under the Environmental Review Process requirements of SAFETEA-LU, the participating agencies and other stakeholders should be informed if different alternatives are now being considered. It would probably be wise to inform them even if the project is not subject to the SAFETEA-LU ERP requirements. If the Division Office needs additional assistance, I recommend contacting your Headquarters Project Development Specialist and/or legal counsel and/or the Resource Center Environment TST. Keep in mind that an uncontrolled access, 2 lane road will have very different operational characteristics than a controlled access, 4 lane facility. So that's why it's important to understand what are the likely interim and ultimate configurations of the build alternatives, how well they achieve the stated purpose and need, as well as their short-term and long-term impacts.

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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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