Environmental Impact Statement: Essex and Middlesex Counties, MA, 4501 [E9-1422]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 15 / Monday, January 26, 2009 / Notices The FHWA received no comments in response to the Steel API 5L, Grade X52 PSL2 wall tubing in New Jersey and the drive machinery brakes in New York, which suggested that the Steel API 5L Grade X52 PSL2 wall tubing and machinery brakes may not be available domestically. The FHWA received one comment in response to four forged steel sheave hubs in Massachusetts, and machinery and motor brakes in Florida, respectively. The comment for the four forged steel sheave hubs in Massachusetts recommends that the certification should be reviewed prior to material purchase. Massachusetts Highway Department indicated that it has a material certification procedure for their highway construction program. The comment for the machinery and motor brakes in Florida suggested that the design needs be reconsidered to make it more attractive to domestic sources. The Florida DOT stated that alteration in the design of the motor brakes is not feasible and that the current design is in compliance with the capacity of the bridge. Further investigation and inquiry revealed that the products are not available domestically. During the 15-day comment period, the FHWA conducted additional nationwide review to locate potential domestic manufacturers for the products. Based on all the information available to the Agency, including the responses received to the notices as well as the Agency’s nationwide review, the FHWA concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers for the Steel API 5L, Grade X52 PSL2 wall tubing, drive machinery and brakes, machinery and motor brakes, and four forged steel sheave hubs. In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the ‘‘SAFETEA—LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008’’ (Pub. L. 110–244, 122 Stat. 1572), the FHWA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of Buy America requirements is appropriate pursuant to 23 CFR 635.410(c)(1). The FHWA invites public comment on this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of the finding. Comments may be submitted to the FHWA’s Web site via the links above to the New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Florida waiver pages noted above. (Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161, 23 CFR 635.410.) Issued on: January 15, 2009. Thomas J. Madison, Jr., Federal Highway Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–1516 Filed 1–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Jan 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Essex and Middlesex Counties, MA AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice, in accordance to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations contained in 23 CFR part 771, to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed highway improvements and an interchange project on Interstate 93 (I–93) in Essex and Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John McVann, Director of Project Delivery, Federal Highway Administration, 55 Broadway Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, Telephone: (617) 494–2416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve I–93 in Essex and Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts. The proposed project would involve highway improvements to I–93 and the construction of a new break-in-access interchange near the Andover/ Tewksbury/Wilmington town borders. Improvements to the I–93 corridor were examined in the Route I–93 Corridor Traffic Study finalized in 2004 and endorsed by the Merrimack Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The proposed break-in-access was the subject of an Interchange Justification Report dated July 2006, and conditionally approved by FHWA pending the completion of the NEPA process. Because it is anticipated that the resulting project may allow for general economic development opportunities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) is a partnering agency with MassHighway in this project. The proposed project is to provide improvements for the existing and projected traffic demand, as well as to improve safety in the area where the use of the breakdown lane is allowed for regular vehicle travel during morning and evening peak periods. The proposed interchange will provide access to all three towns including potential new development sites. Alternatives under consideration include: (1) Taking no PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4501 action; (2) Transportation Demand Management (TDM); (3) using alternate travel modes; (4) providing improvements at other local and interstate roadway network locations; and (5) constructing a new interchange. Design variations of grade, alignment, and access will be incorporated into and studied with the various build alternatives. A formal scoping meeting will be held at the Tewksbury Town Hall Auditorium on March 19, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) for the participating agencies, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) for the general public. 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 Andover, Tewksbury and Wilmington, Massachusetts throughout 2009. In addition, a public hearing will be held within 60 days of the availability of the draft EIS. Public notice will be given of the time and place of the meetings and hearing. The draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearing. Comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties during the appropriate step in the NEPA process to ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues identified. 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 Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Issued on: January 15, 2009. Lucy Garliauskas, Division Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–1422 Filed 1–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Notice of Final Federal Agency Action on PIN 8006.72, New York State Route 17 at Exit 122 Within the Town of Wallkill, Orange County, NY AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 15 (Monday, January 26, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Essex and Middlesex Counties, MA

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice, in accordance to the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing 
regulations contained in 23 CFR part 771, to advise the public that an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed 
highway improvements and an interchange project on Interstate 93 (I-93) 
in Essex and Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John McVann, Director of Project 
Delivery, Federal Highway Administration, 55 Broadway Floor, Cambridge, 
Massachusetts 02142, Telephone: (617) 494-2416.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the 
Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway), will prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve I-93 in 
Essex and Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts. The proposed project would 
involve highway improvements to I-93 and the construction of a new 
break-in-access interchange near the Andover/Tewksbury/Wilmington town 
borders. Improvements to the I-93 corridor were examined in the Route 
I-93 Corridor Traffic Study finalized in 2004 and endorsed by the 
Merrimack Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The proposed 
break-in-access was the subject of an Interchange Justification Report 
dated July 2006, and conditionally approved by FHWA pending the 
completion of the NEPA process. Because it is anticipated that the 
resulting project may allow for general economic development 
opportunities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of 
Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) is a partnering agency with 
MassHighway in this project.
    The proposed project is to provide improvements for the existing 
and projected traffic demand, as well as to improve safety in the area 
where the use of the breakdown lane is allowed for regular vehicle 
travel during morning and evening peak periods. The proposed 
interchange will provide access to all three towns including potential 
new development sites. Alternatives under consideration include: (1) 
Taking no action; (2) Transportation Demand Management (TDM); (3) using 
alternate travel modes; (4) providing improvements at other local and 
interstate roadway network locations; and (5) constructing a new 
interchange. Design variations of grade, alignment, and access will be 
incorporated into and studied with the various build alternatives.
    A formal scoping meeting will be held at the Tewksbury Town Hall 
Auditorium on March 19, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) for the 
participating agencies, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) for the general 
public. 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 Andover, Tewksbury and Wilmington, Massachusetts 
throughout 2009. In addition, a public hearing will be held within 60 
days of the availability of the draft EIS. Public notice will be given 
of the time and place of the meetings and hearing. The draft EIS will 
be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the 
public hearing.
    Comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties 
during the appropriate step in the NEPA process to ensure that the full 
range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all 
significant issues identified. 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 Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing 
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on 
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)

    Issued on: January 15, 2009.
Lucy Garliauskas,
Division Administrator.
[FR Doc. E9-1422 Filed 1-23-09; 8:45 am]
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