PAYSON I-15 INTERCHANGE
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), in cooperation with Payson City, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates the interchange at Main Street (SR-115) and I-15. This study analyzes transportation conditions and recommends potential solutions to meet current and future needs.
The project team published a Draft EIS on September 29, 2017, which is available for review on the Draft EIS page of this site (Click on the Draft EIS tab). The Draft EIS identifies Alternative C1: Braided Ramps as the Preferred Alternative. This recommendation is based on analysis of No-Build Alternative and the six build alternatives previously proposed by the study, and included a review of traffic performance; impacts to key resources; community and economic considerations; cost; regulatory requirements and issues; and input from government agencies and the public. More information about the preferred alternative and the Draft EIS can be found by reviewing the Story Map, which provides an overview of the document (Click here
A 45-day public comment period followed the publication of the Draft EIS. After the comment period, the project team considered and responded to comments received from members of the public and regulatory agencies. As the next step in the environmental process, the project team received comments from UDOT’s legal team during a legal sufficiency review. The number of comments received was higher than originally predicted which will result in a delay to the project schedule. The project team is currently developing a strategy to address these comments to ensure that the final document is legally defensible. Due to this delay, the Final EIS anticipated to be completed in early 2019, with a Record of Decision issued in mid 2019.
Contact the study team with any questions or concerns via email at email@example.com
or phone at (801) 859-3770.
Pursuant to 23 United States Code (USC) 327, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has assumed the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and all or part of the US Department of Transportation's Secretary's responsibilities for environmental review, consultation, or other actions required or arising under Federal environmental laws, with respect to the review or approval of highway projects within the State. These responsibilities have been assigned in the Memorandum of Understanding between the FHWA and the UDOT concerning the State of Utah's Participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program Pursuant to 23 USC 327, executed on January 17, 2017.
Pursuant to UDOT's Application to Assume FHWA's NEPA Responsibilities, UDOT has assigned a Signatory Official from outside Environmental Services to ensure independent environmental decisions. The Signatory Official is responsible for signing Environmental Assessment decision documents, Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Record of Decisions (RODs), and combined Final EIS/RODs. The UDOT Deputy Director is the Signatory Official responsible for signing the environmental documents stated above.