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Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Virginia

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.


Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA.


This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, Interstate 73 between Interstate 81 near the City of Roanoke and the Virginia/North Carolina State line south of the Town of Martinsville, in Roanoke, Franklin, and Henry Counties and the City of Roanoke, State of Virginia. Those actions grant approvals for the project.


By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before October 15, 2007. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 180 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time period still applies.

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Mr. Edward S. Sundra, Senior Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219-4725 telephone: (804) 775-3338; e-mail: The FHWA Virginia Division Office's normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (eastern time). You may also contact Mr. Bruce McAuliffe, Engineering Programs Supervisor, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219; telephone (804) 786-6757; e-mail: Bruce.

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Notice is hereby given that the FHWA has taken final agency actions by issuing approvals for the following highway project in the State of Virginia: Interstate 73, between Interstate 81 near the City of Roanoke and the Virginia/North Carolina State line south of the Town of Martinsville, in Roanoke, Franklin, and Henry Counties and the City of Roanoke. The project covered by this notice will be approximately 116 km (72 mi) long and consists of improvements to existing Interstate 581 and U.S. Route 220 for approximately 9.7 k (6 mi) and construction on new location for approximately 106.3 km (66 mi). The project is part of the Interstate 73 high priority corridor that runs from Michigan to South Carolina, which was established by the U.S. Congress in 1991 with the passage of the Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the Final environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Start Printed Page 19579for the project, approved on December 1, 2006, in the FHAWA Record of Decision (ROD) issued on March 30, 2007, and in other documents in the FHWA administrative record file are available by contacting the FHWA or the Virginia Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. The FHWA FEIS can be viewed and downloaded from the project Web site at​.

This notice applies to all FHWA decisions and approvals as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to:

1. General: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321-4351]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109].

2. Air: Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671(q).

3. Land: Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303]; Landscaping and Scenic Enhancement (Wildflowers) [23 U.S.C. 319].

4. Wildlife: Marine Mammal Protection Act [16 U.S.C. 1361], Fish Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661-667(d), Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 U.S.C. 703-712].

5. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.]; Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470(aa)-11]; Archeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469-469(c)]; Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) [25 U.S.C. 3001-3013].

6. Social and Economic: Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000(d)-2000(d)(1)]; American Indian Religious Freedom Act [42 U.S.C. 1996]; Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) [7 U.S.C. 4201-4209].

7. Executive Orders: E.O. 11990 Protection of Wetlands; E.O. 11988 Floodplain Management; E.O. 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations; E.O. 11593 Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Resources; E.O. 13007 Indian Sacred Sites; E.O. 13287 Preserve America; E.O. 13175 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments; E.O. 11514 Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality; E.O. 13112 Invasive Species.

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

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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

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Issued on: April 6, 2007.

Edward Sundra,

Senior Environmental Specialist, Richmond, Virginia.

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[FR Doc. 07-1914 Filed 4-17-07; 8:45 am]