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Notice of Availability Regarding a Record of Decision for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project in Washington, DC

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Notice of Availability Regarding a Record of Decision for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project in Washington, DC

Joseph C. Lawson
Federal Highway Administration
November 13, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 219 (Thursday, November 13, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 67539]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26622]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Availability Regarding a Record of Decision for the 
Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project in Washington, DC

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Availability Regarding a Record of Decision (ROD) for 
the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project in Washington, DC.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) procedures, this 
notice announces the availability of the ROD regarding the Virginia 
Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project in Washington, DC The Division 
Administrator, FHWA-District of Columbia signed the ROD on November 4, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: The FHWA ROD for the Virginia Avenue Reconstruction Project 
can be viewed and downloaded from the project Web site at http://www.virginiaavenuetunnel.com or viewed at the following locations: 
Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street SE., Washington, DC 
20003; or the Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Place SW., 
Washington, DC 20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Hicks, Environmental/Urban 
Engineer, 1990 K Street, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20006-1103, (202) 
219-3513; email: Michael.Hicks@dot.gov. The FHWA District of Columbia 
Division normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). 
You may also contact Mr. Faisal Hameed, Deputy Chief Engineer, Project 
Development & Environment, Infrastructure Project Management 
Administration (IPMA), District Department of Transportation, 55 M 
Street SE., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20003; telephone: 202-671-2326; 
email: Faisal.Hameed@dc.gov. The District Department of Transportation 
normal business hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction 
Project ROD was developed through preparation of the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel 
Reconstruction Project in the District of Columbia. CSX Transportation, 
Inc. (CSX), the owner of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, requested approval 
from FHWA to allow the short-term closure of I-695 ramps located at 6th 
and 8th Streets SE and occupancy of a portion of the 11th Street Bridge 
right-of-way located on Interstate 695 (I-695) to allow the 
reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. The tunnel is located in 
the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC beneath eastbound 
Virginia Avenue SE. from 2nd Street SE. to 9th Street SE.; Virginia 
Avenue Park between 9th and 11th Streets; and the 11th Street Bridge 
right-of-way. The tunnel is also aligned on the south side of I-695. 
The final agency actions documented in the FHWA Record of Decision 
(ROD) were taken in full consideration of the information presented in 
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement approved on July 2, 2013, the 
Final Environmental Impact Statement approved on June 5, 2014, public 
and agency comments, and in other documents in the FHWA administrative 
record. The final agency actions also considered the DEIS public 
hearing held on July 31, 2013; and public meetings held on September 
14, 2011, November 30, 2011, May 21, 2012, September 27, 2012, July 1, 
2014 and July 31, 2014.

    Authority:  23 CFR 771.127; 49 CFR 1.81, 1.85.

    Issued On: November 4, 2014.
Joseph C. Lawson,
Division Administrator, District of Columbia.
[FR Doc. 2014-26622 Filed 11-12-14; 8:45 am]
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