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Environmental Impact Statement Adoption; Washington, DC

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Environmental Impact Statement Adoption; Washington, DC

Karen A. Schmidt
Federal Highway Administration
February 13, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 30 (Thursday, February 13, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8781-8782]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03206]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement Adoption; Washington, DC

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public of its 
intent to adopt an existing Final Environmental Impact Statement in

[[Page 8782]]

accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, 40 
CFR 1506.3. The Final EIS has been prepared and approved by the 
National Park Service (NPS).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack Van Dop, Senior Technical 
Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, 
Sterling, VA 20166, Telephone 703-404-6282.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded by using a 
computer, modem and suitable communications software from Government 
Printing Office's Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 512-1661. 
Internet users may reach the Office of the Federal Register's home page 
at: http://www.nara.gov/fedreg and the Government Printing Office's Web 
site at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara. The Final EIS, prepared by NPS 
is posted on their Planning, Environment & Public Comment Web site at 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=374&projectID=26159&documentID=37956. A hardcopy of 
the NPS Final EIS can be viewed at the following locations until March 
28, 2014, Federal Highway Administration, Eastern Federal Lands Highway 
Division, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166 and NPS Everglades 
National Park Headquarters, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034-
6733.

Background

    The FHWA intends to adopt the approved Final EIS for the Tamiami 
Trail Modifications: Next Steps, prepared by the NPS. The FHWA adoption 
is proposed in order to meet the agency's National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) requirements associated with the use of U.S. Department of 
Transportation funds for this action and possible involvement of FHWA 
in the implementation of the project, as proposed in the NPS Tamiami 
Trail Modifications: Next Steps Final EIS. The project consists of 
modifications to the Tamiami Trail, including bridging and road 
raising, required to restore the ecological conditions in Northeast 
Shark River Slough and the Water Conservation Areas and establish the 
foundation for future restoration efforts in the Everglades. The Final 
EIS considered the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the 
project. The No-Action Alternative and five Action Alternatives were 
considered in the Final EIS. All of the Action Alternatives included 
bridge construction and reconstruction of the remaining highway, with 
differences being in the bridge lengths and locations. Generally, where 
bridging of the Tamiami Trail is to occur, the bridges will be 
constructed adjacent to the existing roadway and the existing roadway 
and embankment will be removed once the bridge section is open to 
public traffic.

Agency Action

    The NPS Preferred Alternative, Alternative 6e, is identified in the 
Final EIS. FHWA will prepare its own Record of Decision for the 
Selected Alternative in accordance with 40 CFR 1505.2.

(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.)

    Dated: February 5, 2014.
Karen A. Schmidt,
Director, Program Administration, Federal Highway Administration, 
Sterling, Virginia.
[FR Doc. 2014-03206 Filed 2-12-14; 8:45 am]
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