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Environmental Impact Statement: Rockingham County, VA

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AGENCY:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of intent.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Highway Administration is issuing this notice to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation for potential transportation improvements in a study area located between Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 33 immediately southeast of the City of Harrisonburg. The project is located in Rockingham County and is intended to address growing regional transportation needs.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John Simkins, Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Post Office Box 10249, Richmond, Virginia 23240-0249. Telephone: (804) 775-3342.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will prepare an EIS for the Harrisonburg Southeast Connector Location Study in Rockingham County, Virginia. The EIS will include a range of alternatives that will meet the purpose and need including a no-build alternative as well as alternatives consisting of transportation system management strategies, mass transit, improvements to existing roadways, and/or new alignment facilities.

The FHWA and VDOT are seeking input as part of the scoping process to assist in determining and clarifying issues relative to the study. Letters describing the study and soliciting input will be sent to the appropriate federal, state, and local agencies, and other interested parties as part of the scoping process. An agency scoping meeting as well as a public scoping meeting are planned and will be announced by VDOT. Notices of public meetings and public hearings will be given through various forums providing the time and place of the meeting along with other relevant information. The Draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearings.

To ensure that the full range of issues related to this study is identified and taken into account, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments and questions concerning this study should be directed to FHWA at the address provided above.

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

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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 49 CFR 1.48.

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Issued on: April 30, 2004.

John Simkins,

Environmental Protection Specialist.

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[FR Doc. 04-10391 Filed 5-6-04; 8:45 am]

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