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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an EA?
EA stands for Environmental Assessment. The EA process studies the impacts of proposed alternatives on the natural and built environments in a defined study area. The study must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires evaluation of environmental effects and solicitation of public input. At the end of the EA process, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will determine either that the project does not result in significant impacts or will require additional study as part of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EA document must be completed and approved before the improvements are built.
What area is being studied?
While the project proposes to improve the I-15 Interchange at 24th Street, the study area for the EA extends from the 21st Street interchange on the north to the 31st Street interchange on the south, and from the 24th Street Viaduct on the east to 1900 West. (study map)
Why study the I-15 interchange at 24th Street?
In the late 1960s, full interchanges were constructed at 31st and 12th Street, but the 24th Street interchange was constructed as a half interchange in order to reduce conflicts with the railroad and other land uses. Although I-15 has been widened and many bridges and ramps reconstructed, 24th Street has remained a half interchange. The 24th Street corridor is important to the City of Ogden, as it is one of the few east/west roads that cross the Weber River, Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and I-15, and connect west Ogden with downtown Ogden. Continued growth in the area is causing increased vehicle, pedestrian, and railroad conflicts; and traffic flow, efficiency, and safety is being compromised. The City of Ogden has secured funding to complete an environmental study of this area to determine improvements, if any, that may remediate these concerns.
How long is the environmental process going to take?
The environmental process is expected to be completed by spring 2013. Listed below are the basic steps involved in the study:
Scoping and Project Purpose and Need | June - July 2011
The first step in the EA process is to identify the transportation needs. This process involves traffic modeling, evaluating city and county land-use plans, evaluating socio-economic data, identifying and coordinating with participating agencies (state and federal), and gathering public input.
Alternatives Development | July 2011 - May 2012
The study team will use the information gathered during the scoping phase to develop a variety of possible solutions or alternatives. The alternatives include a no-build option as well as other roadway alignments that meet the approved purpose and need. The alternatives will be evaluated (or screened) based on their ability to meet transportation needs while minimizing community and environmental impacts. The public is also involved in reviewing, discussing, and providing feedback regarding the proposed alternatives at public meetings and other venues.
Draft EA | September 2012 – May 2013
After an action alternative has been identified it will be evaluated. Experts analyze the potential impact to both the community and environment while the study team gathers public comment and coordinates with resource agencies. In the Draft EA, the team identifies the specific impacts of the alternative and proposes measures to mitigate the impacts. The public will be given the opportunity to review and comment on the findings in the Draft EA. Each comment will be addressed, and both the comment and the response are recorded as part of the Final EA.
Final EA | June 2013 – August 2013
The Final EA incorporates public and agency comments and is submitted to FHWA for a final decision. The Final EA is the study teams best transportation solution.
FHWA Final Decision | August 2013
FHWA will review the final EA and will either require an additional study as part of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the project will move forward. If a FONSI is issued, the City of Ogden and UDOT can begin to implement the action alternative.
A note on construction – A Final EA may result in a no-build option, in which case no construction takes place. However, if an alternative requiring construction is identified, the state will need to identify funds to design and build the project after the FONSI is issued. Design and construction could take years, and an exact schedule for this is unknown.
Will my property be affected?
Until a final design has been completed, impacts to individual properties are only estimated. The project team is available to meet with property owners.
Who are the study participants?
The EA is being prepared by the City of Ogden and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). UDOT is the lead state agency and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency. Participation by businesses, civic groups, and private individuals is also valuable to this study, and various means for participation are provided, including public open houses, this website, and a project-dedicated phone line and email.
What is the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)?
The FHWA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is responsible for keeping America's roads and highways safe and technologically up-to-date. It supports state and local governments in constructing, improving and preserving the nation's highway system. Because the 24th Street interchange study involves a section of I-15, FHWA is a joint partner in this study.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
When will the project be built?
This has not yet been determined. The EA is expected to be completed by April 2013. If the EA process identifies an action alternative, funding would need to be in place before design and construction could proceed. This process can take several years.
Where can I get information about the study?
The best way to get information is to visit the study website at http://www.udot.utah.gov/24thstreetea or contact Chuck Easton at Project Engineering Consultants at (801) 858-3334 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I be involved in the study?
The best way to be involved in the study is to visit this website regularly (http://www.udot.utah.gov/24thstreetea). The website has current information on upcoming public meetings and opportunities to participate. You can make comments about the study anytime via the comment form. You can also contact the study team directly at (801) 858-3334 or via e-mail at email@example.com