Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT, Polk County.
The FHWA and Iowa DOT are issuing this notice to advise the public a tiered EIS will be prepared for a proposed roadway project in Polk County, Iowa. This is a change from a standard EIS to a tiered EIS. The Notice of Intent for the original EIS was published on July 21, 2005. The planned tiered EIS will evaluate potential transportation improvement alternatives for serving northeast Des Moines and its neighboring communities between I-80/US65 west of Altoona to US69/NE 126 Avenue north of Ankeny.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael La Pietra, Environment and Realty Manager, FHWA Iowa Division Office, 105 Sixth Street, Ames, IA 50010, Phone 515-233-7302; or James P. Rost, Director, Office of Location and Environment, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010, Phone 515-239-1798.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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The FHWA, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Transportation and Polk County will prepare a Tiered EIS for the proposed Northeast Beltway study. The proposed project would include roadway improvements to provide a high-speed connection from I-80 near Altoona to U.S. 69 north of Ankeny.
The purpose of the Northeast Polk County Beltway is to prepare for increased travel demand in and around Ankeny and its neighboring communities. Traffic congestion on I-35 between Des Moines and Ankeny would be alleviated, and traffic would be reduced on the Northeast systems interchange (35/80/235).
Alternatives under consideration include: (1) Taking no action; (2) widening existing roadways; and (3) constructing a roadway in a new location. The build alternative will include consideration of various alignments and grades.
The Northeast Beltway will be reclassified from an EIS to a tiered EIS. A tiered EIS is more appropriate for the Northeast Beltway project due to funding constraints and construction scheduling. Decisions made in the first tier document will include build or no build, project corridor, and logical termini for project segmentation. A specific alignment within the corridor would be identified in the Tier Two documents.
Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and to private organizations and citizens who have previously expressed or are known to have interest in this proposal. A series of public meetings will be held in 2009 and 2010. In addition, a public hearing will be Start Printed Page 26272held upon completion of the draft EIS. Public notice will be given of the time and place of the public meetings and public hearing. The draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearing.
Another public information meeting will be held to identify significant issues to be addressed in the tiered environmental impact statement. The date and location of the meeting have not yet been determined but will be advertised in various local media.
To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues are identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to the FHWA or Iowa Department of Transportation at the address provided in the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
(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 program.)Start Signature
Dated: May 26, 2009.
Lubin M. Quinones,
Division Administrator, FHWA, Iowa Division.
[FR Doc. E9-12639 Filed 5-29-09; 8:45 am]
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