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Environmental Impact Statement: Fremont, Milpitas, California

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Environmental Impact Statement: Fremont, Milpitas, California

John Schultz
Federal Highway Administration
February 4, 1994

[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 24 (Friday, February 4, 1994)]
[Unknown Section]
[Page 0]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 94-2483]

[[Page Unknown]]

[Federal Register: February 4, 1994]


Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Fremont, Milpitas, California

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an 
Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for a proposed highway 
project in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, California.

John Schultz, Chief, District Operations A, Federal Highway 
Administration, 980 9th Street--suite 400, Sacramento, California 
95814-2724. Telephone: (916) 551-1314.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the California 
Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), will prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to replace the Interstate 880 (I-
880)/Dixon Landing Road Interchange located in the cities of Fremont 
and Milpitas, Alameda, and Santa Clara Counties, respectively, 
California. The existing 9.8m (32 ft.) wide 2-lane overcrossing will be 
replaced with a structure 34.1m (112 ft.) in width. The proposed 34.1m 
(112 ft.) wide structure will accommodate six (6) 3.7m (12 ft.) travel 
lanes (3 in each direction), a 4m (13 ft.) weaving lane, two 1.5m (5 
ft.) wide one-way bike lanes and a 1.2m (4 ft.) median.
    In the northbound direction of the I-880, the existing hook off-
ramp to California Circle, the loop off-ramp to Dixon Landing Road, and 
the diagonal on-ramp from Dixon Landing Road will be modified such that 
there will be one off-ramp and one on-ramp from I-880 to a collector 
distributor (CD) road. From the CD road there will be a hook off-ramp 
to California Circle, a hook on-ramp from California Circle, a loop 
off-ramp to Dixon Landing Road, and a diagonal on-ramp from Dixon 
Landing Road.
    In the southbound direction of I-880, the existing diagonal off-
ramp will be realigned and widened. The existing hook on-ramp will be 
replaced with a loop on-ramp. A new existing diagonal on-ramp will be 
added south of the proposed overcrossing. The proposed interchange 
improvement will accommodate the future widening of I-880 under 
consideration by CALTRANS. The only alternative to the proposal under 
consideration is taking no action (No Project). Design refinements will 
be considered to avoid or minimize environmental effects.
    Project implementation would involve potential impact to wetlands 
and one endangered species. The existing and proposed rights-of-way for 
the Dixon Landing Interchange project contain approximately 5.1ha (12.5 
acres) of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional seasonal 
wetlands. Since there is a species of concern (Salt Marsh) harvest 
Mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris), and other possible animals known 
to exist within the project existing and proposed rights-of-way, the 
proposed project will be coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.
    The proposed improvements are considered necessary to improve 
existing traffic operations and safety within the Dixon Landing Road 
Interchange. The proposed improvements are also intended to provide for 
projected traffic demand resulting from planned growth in population 
and employment within the cities of Fremont and Milpitas. The proposed 
improvements would increase capacity of the overcrossing and maintain 
service levels within the Interchange at LOS ``D'' or better.
    Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will 
be sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and to 
private organizations and citizens and citizens who have previously 
expressed or are known to have interest in this proposal. A series of 
public information meetings will be held in Fremont and Milpitas 
between June and July in 1994. In addition, a public hearing will be 
held. Public notices indicating the time and place of the meetings and 
hearings will be published. The Draft EIS will be available for public 
and agency review and comment prior to the public hearing. No formal 
scoping meeting is planned at this time.
    To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed 
action are addressed and all significant issues 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 at the address provided above.

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

    Issued on: January 25, 1994.
John Schultz,
Chief, District Operations ``A'', Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. 94-2483 Filed 2-3-94; 8:45 am]

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