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Environmental Impact Statement: Forsyth County, North Carolina

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.


Notice of Intent.


The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a supplemental draft environmental impact statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project in Forsyth County, North Carolina.

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Mr. Roy Shelton, Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, 310 New Bern Avenue, Suite 410, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, Telephone: (919) 856-4350.

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The FHWA, in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will prepare a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on an extension of the proposed Northern Beltway (Eastern Section) of Winston-Salem in Forsyth County. The proposed action would be the construction of a multi-lane divided, controlled access highway on new location from US 421 east of Winston-Salem to US 311 southeast of Winston-Salem. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Eastern Section, the portion of the facility from US 52 northwest of Winston-Salem to US 421 east of Winston-Salem (FHWA-NC-EIS-95-04-D) was approved by FHWA on 14 September, 1995. The Eastern Section together with the Eastern Section Extension will carry proposed I-74 and will relieve congestion on US 52 and US 421. The proposed action is a part of the 1987 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Thoroughfare Plan.

Alternatives under consideration include: (1) The “no-build”, (2) improving existing facilities, and (3) a controlled access highway on new location.

Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies. A public meeting and meetings with local officials and neighborhood groups will be held in the study area. A public hearing will also be held. Information on the time and place of the public hearing will be provided in the local news media. The supplemental draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment at the time of the hearing. No formal scoping meeting is planned at this time.

To ensure that the full range of issues related to the proposed action are addressed and all significant issues are identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments and questions concerning the proposed action should be directed to the FHWA at the address provided above.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Research Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program)

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Roy C. Shelton,

Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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[FR Doc. 00-19606 Filed 8-2-00; 8:45 am]