The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the US 97 Bend North Corridor Project explains in detail the project's purpose and need; describes the different alternatives considered, including the No Build Alternative; compares and contrasts the adverse and beneficial direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the alternatives; and discusses measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate impacts to the community and environment. The Draft EIS also explains why other alternatives were withdrawn from further consideration. Attached to the Draft EIS is a Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation that considers the project's impacts to publicly owned park lands and significant historic resources.
The release of the Draft EIS on July 29, 2011 was a major project milestone, and ODOT and FHWA welcomed your comments on the document during a 45-day comment period. The comment period closed on September 12, 2011.
ODOT and FHWA have been considering all of the substantive comments received and are exploring opportunities to reduce and/or mitigate the impacts of the alternatives. The agencies anticipate sharing information and getting further input on alternative modifications in winter 2012/2013. This input will be used to identify a preferred alternative and complete the environmental analysis needed for the Final EIS. ODOT and FHWA anticipate publishing the Final EIS in early 2014.
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