Environmental Impact Statement: Cowlitz County, Washington, 54654 [2015-22874]

Download as PDF 54654 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices open for a limited timeframe after this date, however, comments received after October 13, 2015 will not be considered as part of the Report to Congress. ADDRESSES: Comments on the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study may be submitted and viewed at Docket Number FHWA-20140035. The Web address is: http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FHWA-2014-0035. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email CTSWStudy@dot.gov, or contact; Edward Strocko, (202) 366–2997, ed.strocko@dot.gov; Office of Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The MAP–21 (Pub. L. 112–141) requires DOT to conduct a Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study (MAP–21 sec. 32801) addressing differences in safety risks, infrastructure impacts, and the effect on levels of enforcement between trucks operating at or within Federal truck size and weight limits and trucks legally operating in excess of Federal limits; comparing and contrasting the potential safety and infrastructure impacts of alternative configurations (including configurations that exceed current Federal truck size and weight limits) to the current Federal truck size and weight law and regulations; and, estimating the effects of freight diversion due to these alternative configurations. On June 5, 2015, DOT released for public comment and peer review the technical results of this comprehensive study. The DOT is now preparing a Report to Congress. Additional technical finding, presentations, and related documents can be found on FHWA’s Truck Size and Weight Web site; at http:// www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/sw/ map21tswstudy/index.htm. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Comment The DOT invites comments by all those interested in the MAP–21 Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study. Comments on the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study may be submitted and viewed at Docket Number FHWA-20140035. The Web address is: http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FHWA-2014-0035. Comments must be received on or before October 13, 2015, to receive full consideration by DOT in preparing the MAP–21 Comprehensive Truck Size and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 Weight Limits Study Report to Congress. The public docket will remain open for a limited period after this date. After October 13, 2015, comments will continue to be available for viewing by the public. Issued on: September 2, 2015. Jeffrey A. Lindley, Associate Administrator for Operations. [FR Doc. 2015–22873 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Cowlitz County, Washington Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement. AGENCY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared for a proposed highway project in Cowlitz County, Washington. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Liana Liu, Area Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, 711 South Capitol Way, Suite 501, Olympia, Washington 98501; telephone: (360) 753–9553; email: Liana.Liu@dot.gov. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) agency contact: Barb Aberle, Southwest Region Environmental Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation; telephone: (360) 905–2186; email: AberleB@wsdot.wa.gov. Cowlitz County agency contact: Claude Sakr, Project Manager, Cowlitz County Public Works, 1600 13th Avenue South, Kelso, WA 98626; email: IndustrialOregonWay@ co.cowlitz.wa.us. SUMMARY: The FHWA, in cooperation with WSDOT and Cowlitz County, will prepare an EIS on the Industrial Way/Oregon Way Intersection Project to provide improvements at the intersection of State Route (SR) 432 and SR 433 to reduce congestion, increase freight mobility, and improve safety. Improvements to the intersection are considered necessary to meet forecasted long term vehicular traffic growth. Preliminary alternatives under consideration include: (1) Taking no action; (2) raising the intersection to completely separate highway traffic from train traffic; and (3) making atgrade highway improvements; (4) a combination of raising the highway SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 intersection while retaining some roadway at-grade access. The FHWA along with WSDOT and Cowlitz County are holding a public scoping meeting on September 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium in Longview, Washington to solicit public comments regarding scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. The public were notified of these meetings on September 4, 2015 in a flyer mailed to interested parties and residents in the vicinity of the project as well as published in a legal notice in The Columbian and The Daily News. The meeting will use an open-house format and will begin with a presentation to provide an overview of the project. Exhibits, maps, and other pertinent information about this project will be displayed. Staff will be present to answer questions as appropriate and as time permits. Agencies, Tribes, and the public are encouraged to submit comments on the purpose and need and preliminary range of alternatives during the scoping period. Comments must be received by October 12, 2015, to be included in the formal scoping record. To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action is addressed, and all the significant issues identified, comments and suggestions are invited from interested parties during the scoping period. Comments concerning this proposal will be accepted at the public meeting or can be sent by mail to: Claude Sakr, Project Manager, Cowlitz County Public Works, 1600 13th Avenue South, Kelso, WA 98626, or by email to: IndustrialOregonWay@ co.cowlitz.wa.us. (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.) Daniel Mathis, Division Administrator, Washington Division, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–22874 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Cowlitz County, Washington

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an 
environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared for a proposed 
highway project in Cowlitz County, Washington.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Liana Liu, Area Engineer, Federal 
Highway Administration, 711 South Capitol Way, Suite 501, Olympia, 
Washington 98501; telephone: (360) 753-9553; email: Liana.Liu@dot.gov. 
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) agency contact: 
Barb Aberle, Southwest Region Environmental Manager, Washington State 
Department of Transportation; telephone: (360) 905-2186; email: 
AberleB@wsdot.wa.gov. Cowlitz County agency contact: Claude Sakr, 
Project Manager, Cowlitz County Public Works, 1600 13th Avenue South, 
Kelso, WA 98626; email: IndustrialOregonWay@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with WSDOT and 
Cowlitz County, will prepare an EIS on the Industrial Way/Oregon Way 
Intersection Project to provide improvements at the intersection of 
State Route (SR) 432 and SR 433 to reduce congestion, increase freight 
mobility, and improve safety. Improvements to the intersection are 
considered necessary to meet forecasted long term vehicular traffic 
growth.
    Preliminary alternatives under consideration include: (1) Taking no 
action; (2) raising the intersection to completely separate highway 
traffic from train traffic; and (3) making at-grade highway 
improvements; (4) a combination of raising the highway intersection 
while retaining some roadway at-grade access.
    The FHWA along with WSDOT and Cowlitz County are holding a public 
scoping meeting on September 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 
the Cowlitz PUD Auditorium in Longview, Washington to solicit public 
comments regarding scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. The 
public were notified of these meetings on September 4, 2015 in a flyer 
mailed to interested parties and residents in the vicinity of the 
project as well as published in a legal notice in The Columbian and The 
Daily News. The meeting will use an open-house format and will begin 
with a presentation to provide an overview of the project. Exhibits, 
maps, and other pertinent information about this project will be 
displayed. Staff will be present to answer questions as appropriate and 
as time permits.
    Agencies, Tribes, and the public are encouraged to submit comments 
on the purpose and need and preliminary range of alternatives during 
the scoping period. Comments must be received by October 12, 2015, to 
be included in the formal scoping record. To ensure that the full range 
of issues related to this proposed action is addressed, and all the 
significant issues identified, comments and suggestions are invited 
from interested parties during the scoping period. Comments concerning 
this proposal will be accepted at the public meeting or can be sent by 
mail to: Claude Sakr, Project Manager, Cowlitz County Public Works, 
1600 13th Avenue South, Kelso, WA 98626, or by email to: 
IndustrialOregonWay@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

(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.)

Daniel Mathis,
Division Administrator, Washington Division, Federal Highway 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-22874 Filed 9-9-15; 8:45 am]
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