Environmental Impact Statement: Harris County, Texas, 65775-65776 [2011-27359]

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[FR Doc. 2011–27434 Filed 10–21–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Harris County, Texas Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI). AGENCY: Pursuant to 40 CFR 1508.22 and 43 TAC § 2.5(e)(2), the FHWA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are issuing this notice to advise the public that an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared for the proposed North Houston Highway Improvement Project, in Harris County, Texas. The proposed project and study limits begin at interchange of United States Highway (US) 59 and State Highway (SH) 288 and follow northward along IH 45 to the interchange of IH 45 and Beltway 8 North, a distance of approximately 16 miles. The proposed project area also includes portions of IH 10, IH 610, US 59, SH 288 near the downtown area, and the Hardy Toll Road located north of downtown Houston. The proposed project will be developed in compliance with Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Punske, P.E., District Engineer, Federal Highway Administration— Texas Division, 300 East 8th Street, Room 826, Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone: 512–536–5960. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North-Hardy Planning Studies: Alternative Analysis Report (Highway SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Time VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:34 Oct 21, 2011 Jkt 226001 Component) was completed in November 2005. The report evaluated the alternatives for transportation improvements within the study corridor and recommended a locally preferred alternative to meet the corridor’s highway transportation needs, while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment. Projected increases in population and employment in the Houston metropolitan area will contribute to additional IH 45 congestion, which is already serious to severe. The proposed project is needed to address the serious to severe congestion and to accommodate existing and anticipated future traffic. Additionally the project is needed to bring the roadway up to current design standards, which would improve safety and provide for more efficient movement of people and goods. Additional efficiency is also needed to aid in evacuation events. The purpose of the proposed project is to manage the traffic congestion in the IH 45 corridor, improve mobility, provide expanded transit and carpool opportunities, bring the roadway facility up to current design standards to improve safety and operations, and expand capacity for emergency evacuations. The EIS will evaluate potential impacts from construction as well as routine operations of the proposed project, including, but not limited to the following: Impacts or potential displacements to residents and businesses; impacts to air and noise; impacts to water quality; impacts to waters of the United States; impacts to historic and archeological resources; impacts to hazardous materials; impacts to floodplains; impacts to socioeconomic resources (including environmental justice and limited English proficiency populations); indirect impacts; cumulative impacts; impacts to land use; impacts to vegetation; and impacts to wildlife. PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Arr./Dep. 0630 0700 0800 0930 1000 1030 1230 1330 1430 1600 1630 1730 1830 1930 2030 2130 Departure .......... Departure .......... Arrival ............... Departure .......... Arrival ............... Departure .......... Arrival ............... Departure .......... Arrival ............... Departure .......... 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The Project Coordination Plan will promote early and continuous involvement from stakeholders, agencies, and the public as well as describe the proposed project, the roles of the agencies and the public, the project need and purpose, schedule, level of detail for alternatives analysis, methods to be used in the environmental analysis, and the proposed process for coordination and communication. The Project Coordination Plan is designed to be part of a flexible and adaptable process. The Project Coordination Plan will be available for public review, input, and comment at public meetings, including scoping meetings and hearings, held in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) through the evaluation process. Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. Chapter 1, Subchapter 1, Section 139 of SAFETEA– LU, cooperating agencies, participating agencies and the public will be given an opportunity for input in the development of the project. The first of a series of public scoping meetings, conducted in an open house format, is planned to be held in the fall of 2011. As part of the NEPA process, this meeting will be the first in a series of meetings to solicit public comments throughout the planning process. A scoping meeting is an opportunity for participating agencies, cooperating agencies and the public to be involved E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 65776 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 205 / Monday, October 24, 2011 / Notices Memorial Drive to County M, The project will also reconstruct I–43 from US 41 to Atkinson Drive and reconstruct the Velp Avenue, I–43, and County M interchanges. The I–43/US 41 interchange will be reconstructed as a System Interchange with directional ramps and will include a realignment of the US 41 mainline, raising of the northbound gradeline, and elimination of existing access between Velp Avenue and I–43 via US 41. The project limits on US 41 extend from Memorial Drive to County M, a distance of approximately 3.5 miles and the project limits on I–43 extend from US 41 to Atkinson Drive, a distance of approximately 2 miles. The project also includes construction of roundabouts, construction of new bridges and replacement of existing bridges. DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed within 180 days of publication of this Federal Register notice. If the (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Federal law that authorizes judicial Program Number 20.205, Highway Research, review of a claim provides a time period Planning, and Construction. The regulations of less than 180 days for filing such implementing Executive Order 12372, claim, then that shorter time period still regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities, apply to this applies. program.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracey Blankenship, Major Projects Issued on: October 13, 2011. Program Manager, Federal Highway Gregory S. Punske, Administration, 525 Junction Road District Engineer, Austin, Texas. Suite 8000, Madison, Wisconsin 53717; [FR Doc. 2011–27359 Filed 10–21–11; 8:45 am] telephone: (608) 829–7510 or, e-mail: BILLING CODE 4910–22–P Tracey.Blankenship@dot.gov. The FHWA Wisconsin Division’s normal DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION office hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. central time. For the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT): Danielle Federal Highway Administration Block, PE, Wisconsin Department of Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions Transportation, US 41 Brown County on Proposed Highway Project in Project Office, 1940 West Mason Street, Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303; telephone: (920) 492–2212; e-mail: AGENCY: Federal Highway Danielle.Block@dot.wi.gov. Administration (FHWA), DOT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims hereby given that FHWA has taken final for Judicial Review of Actions by agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. FHWA, Army Corps of Engineers 139(l)(1) by issuing approvals for the (USACE), and Other Federal Agencies. following highway project: US 41 SUMMARY: This notice announces actions (Memorial Drive to County M), Brown taken by the FHWA that are final within County, Wisconsin, Project I.D. 1133– 10–01. The project involves providing the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The additional capacity on approximately actions relate to a proposed highway 3.5 miles of US 41 from Memorial Drive project, US 41 (Memorial Drive to to County M, reconstructing County M) in Brown County, approximately 2 miles of I–43 from US Wisconsin. Those actions grant 41 to Atkinson Drive, and approvals for the project. The project reconstructing the Velp Avenue, IH–43, will widen the US 41 freeway mainline and County M interchanges on US 41. from 4 to 6 lanes and add auxiliary The actions taken by FHWA, and laws lanes at certain locations along US 41 under which such actions were taken, northbound and southbound from tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES in defining the need for and purpose of the proposed project, to assist in determining the range of alternatives considered in the draft EIS, and to comment on methods to evaluate alternatives. Public scoping meetings and a public hearing will be held during appropriate phases of the project development process. Public notices will be published in general circulation newspapers in the project area at least 30 days prior to the meeting, and again approximately 10 days prior to the meeting. The notices will be published in English and Spanish stating the date, time, and location of each. The Draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to a public hearing. 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 FHWA at the address provided. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:34 Oct 21, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 are described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project, approved on July 7, 2011 (FHWA–WI–EIS–11–01–F), in the Record of Decision (ROD) issued on October 4, 2011, and in other documents in the FHWA/WisDOT administrative record for the project. The FEIS, ROD, and other project records are available by contacting FHWA or WisDOT at the addresses provided above. The FEIS can also be viewed on the project Web site: https:// www.us41wisconsin.gov/overview/ special-project-features/ envdocsmemorialdrtocountym. 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 U.S.C. 4321– 4351]; Federal-Aid Highway Act (FAHA) [23 U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128]. 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 [23 U.S.C. 138 and 49 U.S.C. 303], Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Act as amended [16 U.S.C. 4601], Farmland Protection Policy Act of 1980 [7 U.S.C. 4201–4209], and National Trails System Act [16 U.S.C. 1241–1249]. 4. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act of 1973 [16 U.S.C. 1531–1543 and Section 1536]; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661–666(c)]; Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 U.S.C. 760c–760g]. 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)–470(ll)]; Archeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469–469(c)]; Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act [25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.]. 6. Social and Economic: Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000(d) et. seq.]; American Indian Religious Freedom Act [42 U.S.C. 1996]; Americans with Disabilities Act [42 U.S.C. 12101]; Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970 [42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq. as amended by the Uniform Relocation Act Amendments of 1987 [Pub. L. 100–17]. 7. Wetlands and Water Resources: Clean Water Act (Section 404, Section 401, Section 319) [33 U.S.C. 1251– 1376]; Land and Water Conservation Fund [16 U.S.C. 460l–4 to 460l–11]; Safe Drinking Water Act [42 U.S.C. 300(f)– E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 205 (Monday, October 24, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65775-65776]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27359]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Harris County, Texas

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI).

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to 40 CFR 1508.22 and 43 TAC Sec.  2.5(e)(2), the 
FHWA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are issuing 
this notice to advise the public that an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) will be prepared for the proposed North Houston Highway 
Improvement Project, in Harris County, Texas. The proposed project and 
study limits begin at interchange of United States Highway (US) 59 and 
State Highway (SH) 288 and follow northward along IH 45 to the 
interchange of IH 45 and Beltway 8 North, a distance of approximately 
16 miles. The proposed project area also includes portions of IH 10, IH 
610, US 59, SH 288 near the downtown area, and the Hardy Toll Road 
located north of downtown Houston. The proposed project will be 
developed in compliance with Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA-LU) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Punske, P.E., District 
Engineer, Federal Highway Administration--Texas Division, 300 East 8th 
Street, Room 826, Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone: 512-536-5960.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The North-Hardy Planning Studies: 
Alternative Analysis Report (Highway Component) was completed in 
November 2005. The report evaluated the alternatives for transportation 
improvements within the study corridor and recommended a locally 
preferred alternative to meet the corridor's highway transportation 
needs, while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment.
    Projected increases in population and employment in the Houston 
metropolitan area will contribute to additional IH 45 congestion, which 
is already serious to severe. The proposed project is needed to address 
the serious to severe congestion and to accommodate existing and 
anticipated future traffic. Additionally the project is needed to bring 
the roadway up to current design standards, which would improve safety 
and provide for more efficient movement of people and goods. Additional 
efficiency is also needed to aid in evacuation events. The purpose of 
the proposed project is to manage the traffic congestion in the IH 45 
corridor, improve mobility, provide expanded transit and carpool 
opportunities, bring the roadway facility up to current design 
standards to improve safety and operations, and expand capacity for 
emergency evacuations.
    The EIS will evaluate potential impacts from construction as well 
as routine operations of the proposed project, including, but not 
limited to the following: Impacts or potential displacements to 
residents and businesses; impacts to air and noise; impacts to water 
quality; impacts to waters of the United States; impacts to historic 
and archeological resources; impacts to hazardous materials; impacts to 
floodplains; impacts to socio-economic resources (including 
environmental justice and limited English proficiency populations); 
indirect impacts; cumulative impacts; impacts to land use; impacts to 
vegetation; and impacts to wildlife.
    A Project Coordination Plan will be provided in accordance with 
Public Law 109-59, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Title VI, 
Subsection 6002, Efficient Environmental Reviews for Project Decision 
Making, August 10, 2005, to facilitate and document the lead agencies, 
structure interaction with the public and other agencies, and to inform 
the public and other agencies of how the coordination will be 
accomplished. The Project Coordination Plan will promote early and 
continuous involvement from stakeholders, agencies, and the public as 
well as describe the proposed project, the roles of the agencies and 
the public, the project need and purpose, schedule, level of detail for 
alternatives analysis, methods to be used in the environmental 
analysis, and the proposed process for coordination and communication.
    The Project Coordination Plan is designed to be part of a flexible 
and adaptable process. The Project Coordination Plan will be available 
for public review, input, and comment at public meetings, including 
scoping meetings and hearings, held in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) through the evaluation process. 
Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. Chapter 1, Subchapter 1, Section 139 of SAFETEA-
LU, cooperating agencies, participating agencies and the public will be 
given an opportunity for input in the development of the project. The 
first of a series of public scoping meetings, conducted in an open 
house format, is planned to be held in the fall of 2011. As part of the 
NEPA process, this meeting will be the first in a series of meetings to 
solicit public comments throughout the planning process.
    A scoping meeting is an opportunity for participating agencies, 
cooperating agencies and the public to be involved

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in defining the need for and purpose of the proposed project, to assist 
in determining the range of alternatives considered in the draft EIS, 
and to comment on methods to evaluate alternatives. Public scoping 
meetings and a public hearing will be held during appropriate phases of 
the project development process. Public notices will be published in 
general circulation newspapers in the project area at least 30 days 
prior to the meeting, and again approximately 10 days prior to the 
meeting. The notices will be published in English and Spanish stating 
the date, time, and location of each. The Draft EIS will be available 
for public and agency review and comment prior to a public hearing.
    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 FHWA at the address provided.

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

    Issued on: October 13, 2011.
Gregory S. Punske,
District Engineer, Austin, Texas.
[FR Doc. 2011-27359 Filed 10-21-11; 8:45 am]
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