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Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in North Carolina

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American Government Topics:  Interstate Highway System

Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in North Carolina

Clarence W. Coleman, Jr.
Federal Highway Administration
August 13, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 156 (Monday, August 13, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48203-48204]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-19814]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in North 
Carolina

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions 
by FHWA and Other Federal Agencies.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other 
Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139 
(I)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, I-77 High 
Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes, from I-277 (Brookshire Freeway) to West 
Catawba Avenue (Exit 28), Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Those 
actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.

DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139 (I)(1). A claim seeking judicial 
review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be 
barred unless the claim is filled on or before February 11, 2013. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Clarence W. Coleman, P. E., 
Preconstruction and Environment Director, Federal Highway 
Administration, 310 New Bern Avenue, Suite 410, Raleigh, North Carolina 
27601-1418; Telephone: (919) 747-7014; email: clarence.coleman@dot.gov. 
FHWA North Carolina Division Office's normal business hours are 8 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Mr. Gregory J. Thorpe, Ph.D., Project 
Development and Environmental Analysis Branch Manager, North Carolina 
Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 1548 Mail Service Center, 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1548; Telephone (919) 707-6000, email: 
gthorpe@dot.state.nc.us. NCDOT--Project Development and Environmental 
Analysis Branch Office's normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
(Eastern Time).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA and 
other Federal agencies have taken final agency actions by issuing 
licenses, permits, and approvals for the following highway project in 
the State of North Carolina: I-77 High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes, 
Federal Aid No. NHF-077-1(209)9, from I-277 (Brookshire Freeway) to 
West Catawba Avenue (Exit 28) in the city and towns of Charlotte, 
Huntersville, and Cornelius, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The 
project is also known as State Transportation Improvement Program 
(STIP) Project I-5405. The project is approximately 17 miles long and 
includes the following actions:
    (1) Conversion of the existing I-77 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) 
lanes to HOT lanes (southbound between Hambright Road and I-277 
[Brookshire Freeway] and northbound from just north of I-85 to I-485).
    (2) Extension of northbound and southbound HOT lanes from their 
northern terminus to West Catawba Avenue (Exit 28).
    (3) Inclusion of a second HOT lane in each direction from just 
north of I-85 to West Catawba Avenue (Exit 28).
    (4) Designation of HOT lanes as HOT 3+.
    The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such 
actions were taken, are described in the Categorical Exclusion (CE) for 
the project, approved on July 31, 2012, and in other documents in the 
FHWA administrative record. The CE, and other documents in the FHWA 
administrative record file are available by contacting the FHWA or 
NCDOT at the addresses provided above.
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions 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 USC 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: Endangered Species Act [16 USC 1531-1544 and Section 
1536], Marine Mammal Protection Act [16 U.S.C. 1361], Anadromous Fish 
Conservation Act [16 U.S.C. 757(a)-757(g)], Fish and Wildlife 
Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661-667(d)], Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 
U.S.C. 703-712], Magnuson-Stevenson Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act of 1976, as amended [16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.].
    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. Wetlands and Water Resources: Clean Water Act [33 U.S.C. 1251-
1377 (Section 404, Section 401, Section 319)]; Coastal Barrier 
Resources Act [16 U.S.C. 3501-3510]; Coastal Zone Management Act [16 
U.S.C. 1451-1465]; Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) [16 U.S.C. 
4601-4604]; Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) [42 U.S.C. 300(f)-
300(j)(6)]; Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 [33 U.S.C. 401-406]; Wild 
and Scenic Rivers Act [16 U.S.C. 1271-1287]; Emergency Wetlands 
Resources Act [16 U.S.C. 3921, 3931]; TEA-21 Wetlands Mitigation [23 
U.S.C. 103(b)(6)(m), 133(b)(11)]; Flood Disaster Protection Act [42 
U.S.C. 4001-4128].
    8. Hazardous Materials: Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) [42 U.S.C. 9601-9675]; 
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA); Resource 
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) [42 U.S.C. 6901-6992(k)].
    9. 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.

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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 regulations implementing 
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on 
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)


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

    Issued on: August 7, 2012.
Clarence W. Coleman, Jr.,
Preconstruction and Environment Director, Raleigh, North Carolina.
[FR Doc. 2012-19814 Filed 8-10-12; 8:45 am]
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